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Published August 13th 2015
Enjoy a riverside garden
A long, long time ago, in the early 20th century in fact, the local residents in Footscray lobbied for a park like, you know, the ones they have over the other side of town. Their wish was granted and Footscray Park was born.

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Victory guards the entrance to Footscray Park

Situated right next to Victoria University's Footscray Park campus, the park is "the most intact Edwardian period public garden in Victoria...considered to have historic, aesthetic, scientific (horticultural) and social significance." Because of its position being downhill from Ballarat Road, you might not normally notice Footscray Park unless you live, work or study in the area but it is a rather lovely green space close to the city.

From the main entrance the park slopes down towards the Maribyrnong River and offers views across to Flemington Racecourse and from the open spaces at the bottom of the hill, great views towards the city.

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Walking/cycling track looking towards the city

Along with the manicured botanical gardens, the facilities include kids playgrounds, large open spaces, BBQs, an outdoor stage, ponds, some quiet nooks, exercise equipment, water fountains and toilets. It's a popular spot for wedding photos and usually hosts New Year's Eve fireworks.

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Landscaped ponds are a feature of the park

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A good spot for wedding photos

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Quiet spots to read or contemplate

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Or have a bbq

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Or possibly a workout

The paths in the park are flat, wide and well maintained. There's also a walking and cycling track alongside the Maribyrnong River. You can take your dog in the park on a lead and there is also an offleash area towards the Victoria University end of the park.

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Map of Footscray Park from a dog walking perspective

While there are plenty of seats and tables scattered throughout the park, this balcony area near the front entrance is rather cool and offers views across the valley.

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Views across the valley

To get to Footscray Park you can take public transport (see the PTV Journey Planner), cycle or drive. There is paid and free parking on Ballarat Road (mind the clearway times) and paid and free parking that can be accessed from Farnsworth Avenue.
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Why? Because it's good to be outdoors
When: Whenever you wish
Where: Footscray Park, Ballarat Road, Footscray
Cost: Free
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