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Batman Park is an urban park, located on the northern bank of the Yarra River in central Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
|Operated by||Parks Victoria|
|Terrain||Flat riverbank, former riverside wetlands|
|Vegetation||Australian native, non-native lawns|
|Connecting transport||Car, bus, train, tram|
|Facilities||Toilets, barbecues, helicopter landing pad|
Batman Park is a small open grassed space with paths and planted Eucalyptus trees bordered by Spencer Street at the west, Flinders Street Viaduct at the north and King Street to the east.
The park was established in 1982 through the conversion of a disused freight train rail yard and was named after one of the founders of Melbourne, John Batman with historical associations as a landing place of the Schooner Rebecca and nearby settlement at Batman's Hill.
In 1997 Batman Park was effectively split in half with the section east of King Street rebranded as Enterprize Park. Much of the land on the new park was reclaimed to recreate a historical 1850s turning basin and timber wharf with sculptures by Bruce Armstrong and Geoffrey Bartlett recalling the site's maritime history. Enterprize park also became the site of the Melbourne Aquarium.