Does it all begin here with Frederick Melland?
His zeal for play-grounds and open spaces was always great, and only a few years ago he took part in an agitation for the acquisition of a new park.
Seen here at the centre of the contemporary map – an empty space with no indication of its current use, or past status – drawn a blank.
It’s here in an aerial photograph of 1931.
Surrounded by newly built social housing.
Levyboy’s website informs us of the fields’ wartime uses:
I remember from the 60’s onwards the fields in use for amateur football – pubs, clubs, schools and works all supplying teams to the plethora of leagues across the city.
Archive photographs – Local Image Collection
The pitches and the sports centre built in 1978 are now closed.
On my previous visit in 2015 the facilities were still open.
New housing has been built on the northern edge.
Gorton has received significant regeneration and investment over recent years as have nearby areas including Levenshulme. This is an aspirational, exciting new development and Arkwright Place has something for everyone – from first time buyers to growing families and downsizers – with a huge range of beautiful homes on offer.
A local campaign was organised to preserve the open space:
At present the fields are fenced and secured – though gaps have been made to allow access for strollers.
The goalposts still stand though currently without crossbars.
Which are stored by the Sports Hall.
The buildings are mothballed – awaiting what?
For me the concrete and brick functionalist changing rooms are a thing of beauty and seem to have been a part of my life for quite some time, as I cycled back and to – on my way to work.