Alma Park in St Kilda is the pleasant green belt you whizz past on your left just before Chapel Street if travelling to the city. The park extends to Alma Road and is divided in two by the Sandringham line railway tracks.
At the Dandenong Road end, adjacent to the graffiti-lined western wall, the park resembles a small forest of tall pines, oaks and native trees. It's a firm favourite of locals and their dogs due to its off-leash areas and a good place to collect fallen pine cones for Christmas decorations.
Several pedestrian and bike paths intersect the park. One path is lined with overhanging bushes and plants that form a secluded area for quiet contemplation. If you need a pit stop or shelter from the rain, there's an attractive rotunda nearby.