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Princes Park

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by Arthur Watt (subscribe)
I'm a traveller who is enjoying the sights and sounds of Melbourne
Published April 2nd 2011

Bordered by Royal Parade and within crawling distance of Sydney Street, Prince Park forms a part of the Capital City Trail, a cycling and walker friendly route which encircles large parts of the Melbourne city centre as well as the northern suburbs. Princes Park itself is home to a 3.2 kilometre dirt track, which is used by runners to stretch their legs and strollers who feel like taking things easy as they enjoy the surround.

The running track is only one attraction of this multi-faceted park. Within the confines of the park's borders, which stretch to 95.4 acres, are several Australian rules football ovals which also serve as cricket ovals in the summer. The most well known however would be MC Labour Park, which is adjacent to Visy Park, the home of the Victoria Rugby Union. MC Labour Park was formally known as the Princes Park Football Ground, which is home to the Carlton Football Club, one of the greatest clubs in the Australian Football League. Princes Park is has a bowling green, which is associated with the Princes Park Lawn Bowls Club, which dates back to 1886.

Princes Park also contains wide stretches of open lawns bordered by rows upon rows of trees which gives the park a distinctive pattern as the paths cut through park, segmenting it and making it easier to navigate for visitors. It stretches two kilometres north to south but only 350 metres across at its widest point. For children, there is a large timber playground, so if Mum and Dad want to relax while the kids blow off some steam within the confines of the park, Princes Park offers anything needed to ensure a nice day out for the family at no extra cost.

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Why? A great facility for the whole family or for the lone ranger wanting to get fit or spend some time reading a book
When: Any day of the week
Where: Carlton
Cost: Free
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