Yarra Park, Melbourne

Yarra Park has become the premier sporting precinct of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, with the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and numerous sporting fields and ovals, including the associated sporting complexes of Melbourne Park and Olympic Park. The park and sporting facilities are located in the suburb of East Melbourne. In the late 1850s, many of the earliest games of Australian rules football were played at Yarra Park, which was known at the time as the Richmond Paddock.

Tree-lined paths run parallel to Punt Road and Swan Street, and criss-cross the park. Some of the lawns are used for parking for sporting events. Two footbridges allow pedestrians and cyclists to cross the railway lines to the different sporting venues and easy access to the Yarra River Trail.

Around the MCG are sculptures to several Australian sporting heroes including: Australian rules footballers Ron Barassi and Dick Reynolds; cricketers Sir Donald Bradman and Keith Miller; athletics "golden girl" Betty Cuthbert. Nearby is an old eucalyptus tree which shows a big scar caused by harvesting of bark for a canoe by the original inhabitants of the Yarra River Valley, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.

The adjacent Punt Road Oval, home of the Richmond Football Club features a statue of Tiger legend Jack Dyer.


In 1856, Victorian Governor Charles La Trobe proclaimed 81 hectares of parkland, extending from Punt Road to Swanston Street, and from Wellington Parade to the Yarra River. Initially the area was also used as police paddocks for the agistment of police horses. On 31 July, 1858, Tom Wills and others played an experimental football match at the Richmond Paddock. The match is regarded as the basis of the Melbourne Football Club rules of 1859, the first written rules for Australian rules football.

By the 1860s five recreational ovals were marked out: the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Richmond Cricket Ground, East Melbourne Cricket Club ovals (two), and an oval in Gosch's Paddock, south of Swan Street. In the southern section of the park land was set aside for the Friendly Society's Gardens (now Olympic Park), and the Scotch College oval. In 1874 Yarra Park Primary School was opened in the north east corner of the park. A housing subdivision was excised from the park in 1881.

Since this time major excisions have been made for Melbourne's eastern and southeastern rail lines, the Hurstbridge railway line, Olympic Park Sporting Complex, Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne Park's National Tennis Centre. However, Gosch's Paddock still links Yarra Park to the Yarra River at the Morrell Bridge for cyclists and pedestrians.

In 2007 the Yarra Park Association was formed with the aim of removing car parking from the grass surfaces of Yarra Park.

External links

* [http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/info.cfm?top=25&pa=1273&pg=1309 Melbourne City Council - Yarra Park]
* [ Map]
* [http://www.mcg.org.au/default.asp?pg=educationdisplay&articleid=1239 Yarra Park Adventure Tour]
* [http://www.yarrapark.org Yarra Park Association]

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Yarra Bend Park, Melbourne — Yarra Bend Park is a 260 hectare (642 acre) park in the Melbourne suburb of Kew. Located 4km north east of the CBD, it is the largest area of natural bushland left in inner Melbourne. The most notable feature of the park is the Yarra River which… …   Wikipedia

  • Victoria Park, Melbourne — Victoria Park Old Girl, VP, Vic Park Victoria park from air in 2007 Former names Dight s Paddock Jock McHale Stadium …   Wikipedia

  • Luna Park, Melbourne — For other amusement parks of the same name, see Luna Park; for other uses of the phrase, see Luna Park (disambiguation) Melbourne s Luna Park …   Wikipedia

  • Westerfolds Park, Melbourne — MelbourneParks park= Westerfolds Park image size= 250px caption= Map of Westerfolds Park type=Public Park location= Melbourne, Australia coordinates= size=123 hectares opened= 1977 operator= Parks Victoria visitors= status=Open (8:30am 9pm)… …   Wikipedia

  • Royal Park, Melbourne — Royal Park is located convert|4|km|mi north of the Melbourne Central Business District, Victoria, Australia, in the suburb of Parkville. It is the largest of Melbourne s inner city parks at convert|181|ha|acre. Many sporting facilities are… …   Wikipedia

  • Wattle Park, Melbourne — MelbourneParks park= Wattle Park image size= 275 caption= Wattle Park s Lone Pine type= location= Melbourne, Australia coordinates= size= opened= March 31, 1917 operator= Parks Victoria visitors= status= landscape= vegetation= water= paths=… …   Wikipedia

  • Fawkner Park, Melbourne — Fawkner Park is a popular park in Melbourne s South Yarra and part of the City of Melbourne. It provides recreational areas for teams playing Cricket, Soccer, Australian rules football, Tennis and Rugby.History and LayoutThe park was created in… …   Wikipedia

  • Melbourne Cricket Ground — MCG redirects here. For other uses, see MCG (disambiguation). Melbourne Cricket Ground The MCG …   Wikipedia

  • Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct — Aerial view of the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct The Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct is a series of sports venues and stadia, located in Melbourne, Victoria, in Australia. The precinct is situated around 3 km east of the …   Wikipedia

  • Melbourne Cricket Ground — « MCG » redirige ici. Pour les autres significations, voir MCG (homonymie). Melbourne Cricket Ground …   Wikipédia en Français

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.