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.

Special features
Footscray Park has the most intact Edwardian period public garden in Victoria. The Park 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.

All-abilities Playground

In late 2018 the new all-abilities playground opened at Footscray Park 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.  A public toilet and picnic areas are close by.

Off-lead dog park

The off-lead area is located on the western side (Victoria University side) of Thomson Water Garden. Dogs must be on-lead within five metres of the trail along the Maribyrnong River.

Being a responsible pet owner

Sports clubs
Footscray Rugby Club

Are you a personal trainer?
Footscray Park is one of seven parks you can run sessions at. Apply now.

Get married here!
You can hold your wedding ceremony in this park. Apply now(DOC, 535KB).  

Hold an event here!

If you’re planning to have an event in this park, please apply to book a space.

Book this park!
If you're planning to get more than 50 people together for a birthday party, picnic or get together, Enquire into booking.

Join your community
Join the Friends of Footscray Park group.

Protect our parks
Please report any damage or vandalism to us.

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Ballarat Road, Footscray 3011  View Map

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