Wednesday, July 6, 2011
A Fleet Scramble to Footscray Park
Melbourne is such a vast city now, that you can have lived here for over 50 years as I have done, and not have seen considerable stretches of it - especially when you don't drive.
I had reason to visit Victoria University at Footscray today, and afterwards, took time to explore adjacent Footscray Park.
Created in 1911 after a campaign by local residents, this 37 acre park beside the Maribyrnong River is regarded as one of the most intact Edwardian public gardens in Australia.
The first garden to be listed with Heritage Victoria, it has, in its formal framework, a series of rustic pergolas, arbours, bridges, pools and stonework walls made of local basalt.
The lovely fountain above has a platypus either side of it.
The park seems to have only a small number of visitors, cut off as it is from its surroundings by busy Ballarat Road. I saw only a handful of others during my visit, among them builders making repairs as part of the park's centennial upgrade.
Above, a handsome and oblingingly composed Chestnut Teal ( Anas castanea ), and below, part of the gateway through which I came and went.