Melbourne Playgrounds  Directory Melbourne Playgrounds Nature 


Footscray Park (Footscray)




Footscray Park is one of the largest and most intact examples of an Edwardian park in Australia. The 15 hectare park is located on the south bank of the Maribyrnong River in Footscray.

It is classified as a heritage place on the Victorian Heritage Register for its aesthetic, horticultural and social significance to the State of Victoria and was the first gardens to be placed on the register. The park is noted for its botanical collection, ornamental ponds and garden structures. Facilities include a playground, large open spaces, shelters, BBQs and an outdoor stage.

The entrance to the park on Ballarat Road features stone walls and wrought iron grates which incorporate the wording “Footscray Park”. A World War I memorial which was unveiled in 1922 stands at the entranceway. It features an Italian-sculpted marble statue of Victory on a granite base.

A mounted bust of Henry Lawson honours the Australian poet and writer and the inaugural Henry Lawson Literary Society commemorative event held in the park.

The park has two major paths running east-west along the embankment which are bisected by a north-south path (the T.B. Drew Memorial Walk) which descends the embankment through a wisteria-covered arbour to Thomson Water Garden.

The Alfred Green Memorial Fountain (locally known as the “platypus fountain”) is an unusual granite fountain that is supported at its base by two sculpted platypus.

The park also has open playing fields on the flat area near the river.

Review:


The park has a nice mix of gardens, pond, playground, open grassy play areas, bust of writer Henry Lawson, picnic facilities and path along the Maribyrnong River.

For the exercise minded, there are two exercise stations along the river path. The most eastern one has a shoulder press/lat pull down, cross trainer and rowing machine. About 200m west is another exercise station with stepper, ab cruncher/chin-ups and butterfly press.

Photos:






Address | Contact


22 Ballarat Road,  Footscray 3011, Victoria, Australia. View Map Map opens in new browser window
Telephone: 
Map: 2S Ref: J5

Web Links


Link Friends of Footscray Park



  Reader Feedback  

No feedback yet (be the first..)

  Add Your Comments  


 1,200
characters left

BACK TO PREVIOUS PAGEView More in this Topic | View More in Footscray   TOP OF THIS PAGE



Melbourne Playgrounds  Directory Melbourne Playgrounds Nature 



Facebook Twitter Google+ YouTube Instagram


Featured..
Mini Maestros
View  Mini Maestros
The primary aim of Mini Maestros is to create self-reliant, confident and well-rounded .. | View


Bali Bubs Equipment Hire
View  Bali Bubs Equipment Hire
Bali Bubs are a Baby Equipment Hire company based in Legian in Bali. We offer a wide .. | View


Merryl's Mosaics Kids Parties (Caulfield South)
View Merryl's Mosaics Kids Parties (Caulfield South)
Merryl's Mosiacs has a number of fantastic party options for you to choose .. | View


The Ultimate Guide for Kids Parties in Melbourne
View The Ultimate Guide for Kids Parties in Melbourne
Your son or daughter's birthday is fast approaching and the anxiety level is increasing .. | View


Billy Lids Indoor Play Centre (Hawthorn)
View  Billy Lids Indoor Play Centre (Hawthorn)
The aim at Billy Lids is to provide the best indoor play centre in Melbourne. .. | View


Activities Featured
Top 50 Playgrounds in Melbourne and Geelong
View Top 50 Playgrounds in Melbourne and Geelong
We have reviewed every playground in Melbourne and Geelong and these are the pick of the .. | View


List of Mini Golf courses in Melbourne and Victoria
View  List of Mini Golf courses in Melbourne and Victoria
Dressed in our plus fours and with a Callaway putter under our arms, we took our .. | View


200 Things for Families and Kids to do in Melbourne
View 200 Things for Families and Kids to do in Melbourne
Melbourne is a wonderful city for kids and families because there are so many activities, .. | View


Restaurants/Cafes/Hotels with Playgrounds
View Restaurants/Cafes/Hotels with Playgrounds
Sometimes it is nice to let the kids run riot in a playground area while you relax at a .. | View


TRAINS, TRAINs, TRAIns, TRAins, TRains, Trains, trains......
View   TRAINS, TRAINs, TRAIns, TRAins, TRains, Trains, trains......
All young kids like Thomas and his friends. Melbourne is bursting to the seams with train .. | View



Fast Find

Enter post code or suburb
Select a search radius


Facebook Twitter Google+ YouTube Instagram