Princes Park, Carlton

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Princes Park in Carlton North, with Carlton Football Club ground on the far left

Princes Park is a 38.6 hectare (95.4 acre) park in the inner-Melbourne suburb of Carlton North, Victoria. It is located directly north of the University of Melbourne and bounded on its eastern and western sides by Melbourne General Cemetery and Royal Parade respectively. Although the park consists of a number of Australian rules football ovals, the bowling green of the Princes Park Carlton Bowls Club Bowls, and a small stretch of parkland, it is best known as the location of Ikon Park, the old Princes Park Football Ground, the home of the Carlton Football Club. The park also contains a children’s playground; the ‘Within Three Worlds’ sculpture; a barbecue and picnic facilities.[1]

The park's establishment was proclaimed on 9 June 1873 under The Land Act 1869 by the Minister for Lands and Agriculture, J. J. Casey, and its size was expressed at 97 acres. It was established at the same time as other existing and iconic parks.[2]

The Capital City Trail passes through the northern section of the park, following the path of the now-closed Inner Circle railway line.[3]

In January 2006 and 2007 Big Day Out (a popular Australasian music festival) was held at Princes Park on the ovals at the park's southern end. The event's traditional venue, the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds was unavailable due to redevelopment.

It is 3.2 kilometres to travel the dirt track around the park.

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  1. ^ City of Melbourne 2013, Parks & Gardens, 'Princes Park'
  2. ^ "Lands permanently reserved from sale". Victorian Government Gazette. 13 June 1873. p. 1873:1059.
  3. ^ Bike rides around Melbourne 3rd edition, 2009, Julia Blunden, Open Spaces Publishing, ISBN 978-0-9752333-4-4

Coordinates: 37°47′01″S 144°57′43″E / 37.7837°S 144.9620°E / -37.7837; 144.9620