Peel Park, Salford

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Opened in August 1846, Peel Park was one of the first public parks to be opened in the country "for the enjoyment and recreation of the public... without charge or restriction."

It is named in honour of Sir Robert Peel, the former Prime Minister. The park has remained in the ownership of Salford City Council and over the years it has been extended to include David Lewis Playing Fields and The Meadow.

It currently features a play area, sports pitches and two sculptures near to the play area which form part of the Irwell Sculpture Trail. Salford Museum and Art Gallery also sits within the park.

For over 150 years, Peel Park was the city park for Salford supporting band concerts, school sports and flower shows in addition to more usual recreations.

The park and its users were a favourite subject of LS Lowry. In recent years it has suffered from neglect and underuse but that is changing.

In June 2015 it was announced that a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for stage two of a Parks for People Grant was successful.

This followed over a year's development work in partnership with the friends of Peel Park and surrounding community.

The second stage bid was submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund early March 2015.

Supporting documents from the bid can be downloaded below. The successful bid has secured £2.5 million to restore the park and provide a park keeper.

Using feedback received from consultations carried out with the local community, students, the friends of Peel Park and other stakeholders a masterplan has been drawn up. As part of the masterplan areas of trees which had grown up since the 1970s were removed, this has opened up views and created spaces for activities.  Some new trees have been planted along the river and more will be planted in the park. 

Date Stage
End of August 2016 Landscape works began. The works will take approximately nine months to complete.
The main work will include a complete overhaul of the footpaths, steps and new access ramp, a new playground, new and more seating provision within the park, interpretation which unfolds the history and stories associated with the park and new planting including the planting of a number of strategically positioned new trees.
During the work the park will be closed in phases to allow continued access. The riverside walkway along the parks eastern edge and the Meadow to the east will remain open throughout.
Late September 2017 The main works will be completed although some reseeding and planting may need longer to establish. Some tarmac work will be completed in Spring 2018.
13 October 2017

Evening opening event to be held.

Spring 2018

Daytime opening event to be held in partnership with the friends of Peel Park.

Summer 2018

Peel Park to achieve the Green Flag high standard award and to continue to do so for seven years.

During the works the park keeper will be on hand to carry out further consultation, disseminate information and answer any questions or queries. The park keeper, along with key project staff, will continue to meet regularly with the Friends of Peel Park. The group meet regularly and always welcome new members. Their meetings are open to all - if you are interested in attending to keep up to date with the improvement of Peel Park please visit the Friends of Peel Park website which contains a membership application form.

Address: The Crescent, M5 4PD
Classification: Neighbourhood Park
Opening times: 24 hour pedestrian access

If you would like to organise an event or activity in this park please view our advice page.

Map of park location

Who to contact

Email
rangers@salford.gov.uk

This page was last updated on 13 October 2017

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