Princes Park


Princes Park

Princes Park in Parkville is conveniently located close to the city centre and is easily accessible by public transport.

The Park stretches nearly two kilometres north-south but is only 350 metres at its widest between Royal Parade and Garton Street.

The Park was originally part of 2,560 acres reserved from sale by Superintendent La Trobe in 1845, which included land now occupied by Royal Park, Melbourne Cemetery and the University of Melbourne. Princes Park was reserved as an area for public recreation in 1873.

The Park caters for a wide range of sporting and leisure activities for people from both the local and regional area, including lawn bowls, tennis and cricket. It is also the site of one of Melbourne's major football stadiums (Ikon Park) home of the Carlton Football and Cricket Club.

Princes Park is a long, narrow and generally flat parkland of grassed open spaces edged by avenues of elm and Moreton Bay fig trees. Other major plantings include a mix of native and exotic trees, such as she-okes, eucalypts, planes and poplars.

The Park stretches nearly two kilometres north-south but is only 350 metres at its widest between Royal Parade and Garton Street. The southern part is notable for its large spaces and open vistas, including views south to the city skyline and across Melbourne General Cemetery. The northern part of the Park is more enclosed because of the topography, the stadium, and terrace houses lining the surrounding streets.

Council endorsed the Princes Park Ten Year Plan in 1998. It guides the long term redevelopment of the Park's horticultural and recreational assets.

 
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