Footscray Park

Footscray Park


Footscray Park is a regional open space with extensive garden beds and other facilities. It provides views to the city skyline, Flemington Racecourse and connections to the Maribyrnong River Trail. 

Designated dogs off-lead area

Footscray Park has a designated dog off-lead area which is located on the western side of Thomson Water Garden (Victoria University side). 

Dogs must be on-lead when in five metres of the trail along the Maribyrnong River. All other areas of Footscray Park require all dogs to be on a lead.

Dogs are not permitted in the playground area at any time.

Penalties can apply to any dog owner/handler found to be in breach of the above provisions.

Responsible pet ownership and legislation

Council encourages all pet owners to be responsible pet owners particularly when in public spaces.

Find out more by visiting our pets and animals page.

Sports club

The Footscray Rugby Club all Footscray Park home.

Special features

Footscray Park has the most intact Edwardian period public garden in Victoria which was designed by noted architect Rodney Alsop, who won a competition for its design in 1911.

These plans were implemented by Superintendent David Mathews, from 1916 to 1964.

The park contains a memorial garden for soldiers who served in World War I and World War II as well as a memorial to the poet Henry Lawson.

The all-abilities playground at Footscray Park is located between the pond area and the Maribyrnong River.  The playground is fully fenced and contains a water play area, natural play elements, sandpit, musical elements and other playground equipment set amongst trees and garden beds.

Are you a personal trainer?

If you would like to hold personal training sessions in Footscray Park you must apply for a personal trainer permit.

Apply for a personal trainer permit

Thinking of getting married here?

If you are thinking of having your special day in Footscray Park you must apply to book the space.

To make a booking download and complete the Park Booking Form (DOC, 535KB)

Make a booking

If you would like to hold an event in Footscray Park you must apply to make a booking.

Submit a booking

Help protect our open spaces

To ensure the continued enjoyment of all our public spaces, please report any disrepair, damage or vandalism to us below.

Submit a report

Friends of Footscray Park

Visit the Friends of Footscray Park Facebook page and see how this community group helps keep the park looking beautiful.


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