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Published April 6th 2017
Enjoy this list of the best parks in Melbourne City
Melbourne is home to many picturesque parks, gardens and green spaces, each telling their own colourful and tranquil story.

The list below features the Top Parks across Melbourne City for everyone to enjoy, from lunch breaks to romantic picnics or the perfect family-friendly day out. There is a park suited for all interests below:

1. Batman Park
Situated on the Yarra'a northern bank and bordered by Spencer, Flinders and King Street. This Park name checks one of Melbourne's founding fathers, John Batman. The park features eucalyptus trees making it the perfect place to enjoy a city break and lunch. Click here for the website.

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2. Birrarung Marr
On Yarra River's north bank next to Federation Square, Birraraung Marr is situated. It is Melbourne's newest major park and incorporates three terraces of contrasting grass and sand. This 8.3 hectare park was opened on Australia Day in 2002 and features wide open spaces, sculptured terraces, spectacular views, the Federation Bell as well as being home to a range of events and festivals. Click here for the website.

3. City Square
This park is the heart of meeting places in Melbourne City. Before Federation Square took over as Melbourne's central meeting place, City Square was the city's central piazza!
It is home to grassed areas, seating areas, multi-use outdoor space, and festivals and events are held here too. Click here for the website.

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4. Docklands Park
This landscaped garden is located at Victoria Harbour and features waterfront views, interactive playground, public art, BBQ facilities, entertainment area, dining and shopping areas...making it the perfect landscaped city park! Click here for the website.

5. Enterprize Park
This Park is dedicated to Melbourne's Indigenous People, as it represents the traditions and cultures. The Park also commemorates the spot where the first settlers aboard the good ship Enterprize went ashore to establish a settlement on 30 August 1835. Click here for the website.

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6. Fawkner Park
This Park is named after Melbourne's co-founder, the Hon. John Pascoe Fawkner. The park comprises of 100 acres and was created in 1862. Today the park showcases 10 different sporting activities including tennis courts, golf course, sports grounds and pavilions, kids playgrounds and community centre. Click here for the website.

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7. JJ Holland Park
This park covers more than 10 hectares and was named after John Joseph Holland, former Member for Flemington for more than 30 years from 1925. The Park is triangular shaped and is positioned on flat land with community facilities, sporting ovals, sports pavilion, Extreme Sports facility and BMX track, heated pool, recreation centre, soccer field, skate park and plenty of green space to relax. Click here for the website.

8. Monument Park
This open space used to be a former concrete plaza and is now transformed into an engaging area where locals and visitors can enjoy meeting, playing and admiring the sculptures that call this Park home. Click here for the website.

9. Neill Street Reserve
This Park features two courts for informal games, table tennis, seats, landscaping, walking pathways, community squares, dog-friendly (on-lead only), and plenty of green space. Click here for the website.

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10. Princes Park
This Park is conveniently located close to the city centre and easily accessibly by public transport. The Park features 2km of wide range sporting and leisure spaces, football stadiums, lawn bowls, tennis and cricket, flat parkland perfect for picnics, open spaces with avenues of elm and Moreton Ba fid trees, exotic trees and much more. Click here for the website.

11. Ron Barassi Senior Park
This Park showcases recreational and sporting facilities, sports field, community pavilion, playground including 'big kid' slides, loads of sand, diggers, swings and water play area with pump fountains and mini weirs, BBQ facilities, walking circuit and open spaces. Click here for the website.

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12. Royal Park
This is Melbourne's largest Park and it covers 170 hectares of wide open spaces, walking & cycling paths, sport facilities, tennis, golf, football, baseball, cricket, netball, hockey facilities, birdwatching opportunities and open grass areas. It is also perfect for picnics. Click here for the website.

13. Westgate Park
There are plenty of attractions at this Park. Located along the eastern banks of the Yarra River under the Westgate Bridge, the park offers stunning views of the mouth of the Yarra and the city skyline. There are walking & cycle trails and plenty of picnic areas to enjoy. Click here for the website.

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14. Yarra Park
Yarra Park is located in the heart of Melbourne's Sports and Entertainment Precinct and surrounded by Australia's sporting mecca- the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The Park showcases crisscrossed avenues of trees, statues of sporting stars, scar trees, named for markings left by the harvesting of bark for canoes from the area's original inhabitants, pedestrian bridge, and spectacular views with green spaces to sit back and relax. Click here for the website.
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Why? The perfect lunch break spots or picnic spots
When: All year round
Where: Melbourne & surrounds- see above
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