The present state of Yarra Park (sadly, better known as the MCG carpark) is a disgrace. Even with the little rain we've enjoyed, almost a quarter of the ground is bare and churned up by vehicle traffic. With the completion of the MCG redevelopment and the Commonwealth Games long behind us, it seems that the slippery, muddy and deeply rutted surface is now a permanent feature. (If not for the traction afforded by imbedded bourbon cans and beer bottles, it would pose a hazard for pedestrians.)
Clearly, the relative merits of public enjoyment of parklands versus subsidised car parking for footy patrons - who willfully refuse to use either train station - has already been determined. The City of Melbourne should bite the bullet and just pave over the remaining patches of muddy lawn and operate a proper - and profitable - parking service. Artificially cheap parking and useless parkland is the worst of both worlds.