Parks and Gardens in Altrincham Cheshire
The park is on land that made up part of the estate of the 7th Earl of Stamford and opened in 1880 the park was designed by John Shaw and was one of the first public parks that was designed specifically for sports to be played in in the UK. It is located on the far edge of Altrincham and is extremely popular and well used by the local community. It is 16 acres in area and is managed by Trafford Council but has an extremely active volunteer group know as Friends of Stamford Park who work on the park and fundraise and host different events throughout the year.
The park has three well maintained tennis courts and is now a member of the local tennis leagues for both adults and children. There is a central grassed area known as the Oval which is used for picnics and cricket, frisbee throwing and other activities. Football is played on the 9-a side pitch at the Queens Road end of the park and changing facilities are provided. The pitch can be booked by any interested teams. There are 2 lawn bowls greens in the park, they are next to Stamford Park Road and are the team home of the Hale Moss Bowling Club. There are six teams in all including veterans, ladies, mens and mixed teams. They are always happy to welcome new members.
Basketball is also provided with a basketball court and baskets next to the tennis courts.
John Leigh Park
The area that is now John Leigh Park in Altrincham was for many years derelict land, in 1917 it was bought by a wealthy philanthropist Mr John Leigh of Beech Lawn Altrincham and donated to the town as a district park and the council on accepting the gift named the park after its benefactor.
The park is now the perfect place for Altrincham residents to relax and enjoy nature or to walk dogs or ride bikes There are many different areas in the park there is a football pitch, tennis courts, bowls courts and informal grassy areas for Tai Chi or dog walking.
There are two very popular and well maintained playgrounds for children, one has plenty of play equipment and includes an aviary with cockatiels, budgerigars and zebra finches and another play area for older children which was designed to reflect the natural beauty of the area.