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John Hemmings Memorial Park

About John Hemmings Memorial Park

John Hemmings Memorial Park is a large park in central Dandenong, with a youth focus.  It has a district sized adventure playground, BMX tracks, skate ramps and a flying fox. The significant remnant River Red Gums throughout the park create pleasant shady areas for picnics and BBQs, alongside a large oval for sporting activities.

The park also has a Liberty Swing, which is an all abilities swing. The swing enables children and adults in wheelchairs to enjoy the fun and recreation of swinging.

John Hemmings Memorial Park is named after John Hemmings, who bequeathed the land occupied by the park for the use of the citizens of Dandenong as a memorial park in memory of the soldiers of the First World War (1914 - 1918).

The brickyards on the site were operated until 1929 when the Dandenong Council took over the land. The council used the hole from which the clay was dug as a tip. Much later (1990s) when the adventure playground was being constructed, some of the tip’s remains were uncovered.

Things to do

  • Have a picnic amongst the gum trees
  • Play on the district playground
  • Use the skate park and BMX track
  • All abilities access and liberty swing


  • BBQs
  • Picnic area
  • Shelter
  • Toilets
  • All abilities access
  • Liberty swing
  • District playground
  • Walking paths
  • Informal kick about oval
  • Skate park
  • BMX track
  • Half size basketball court


Princes Highway, Dandenong (Melway 90 C6)

Pedestrian access available through Hemmings Street and Close Avenue.

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