Respect our parks

Our parks and gardens are part of what makes Yarra so special. We want them to be places that everyone can enjoy.

For locals and visitors, our parks provide a place to relax, socialise and exercise outdoors. With warmer weather on the way we know our parks are going to be more popular than ever.

Parks in Yarra

Yarra is home to around 120 parks and open spaces.

Our parks include playgrounds, picnic and BBQ areas, drinking fountains, wetlands, pavilions, sporting grounds and lots of dog off-lead areas.

Our most popular parks include:

When to report an issue to us

 Or call us on 9205 5555 to report an issue. 

Public behaviour issues

If you want to report a public behaviour issue (public urination, COVID-19 non-compliance, crime) you have the following options:

Emergency - Triple Zero (000)
Police, ambulance and fire

Police Assistance Line - 131 444
Call any time to report non-urgent crimes and events

Crime Stoppers - 1800 333 000
Call to anonymously report a crime

What you can do

When you visit our parks you can help us out by:

  • using the public toilets provided, not the laneways
  • taking your rubbish with you if the bins are full
  • avoiding glass and taking any recyclables home with you
  • following COVID-19 restrictions
  • respecting the neighbours and keep the noise down
  • don’t peg down marquees - use weights only
  • cleaning up after your dog, and keep on a leash unless you’re in a designated off-leash area.

What we’re doing

We love our parks as much as you do. By working together to respect our parks we can ensure they continue to be enjoyed by everyone. 

We've introduced Park Ambassadors to provide information and support to park visitors. 

Park Ambassadors will help monitor:

  • park attendance and visitor behaviour
  • Yarra Council assets (including toilets and barbecues)

We've also improved facilities, including:

  • additional toilets and rubbish bins across our gardens
  • increased park and laneway cleansing and litter patrols

Drinking in our parks

We have a new local law around drinking in our parks and open spaces.

You can now drink responsibly in our parks between 9am and 9pm.

Our new law allows drinking in all public places, except at certain locations and times specified in the law:

  • in Yarra's public parks and reserves between 9pm and 9am
  • on the following day on the footpath adjoining a licensed venue when it is open and trading, except where the venue mainly sells takeaway liquor (like bottle shops)
  • within 10 metres of the entrance and exit for public buildings or facilities that provide services to families and children (including libraries and leisure centres)
  • around New Year's Eve, from 9pm on 30 December to 9am 1 January
  • around Swan Street in Cremorne and Richmond during AFL Grand Final weekend, from 9pm the day before until 9am the day after AFL Grand Final day
  • while on any road, including when in a vehicle.

How to recycle

We have a dedicated recycling program in Yarra to separate and manage waste and recycling.

Please take your recyclables home with you so they can be sorted, processed, and turned into new products.

For more on what to recycle and how to do it, visit: A to Z Waste and Recycling Guide


Parks and Gardens FAQs