Mysterious penis-shaped symbols have been popping up across Melbourne sports parks, which follow a similar technique to the primitive crop circle design.

The penis designs – which are currently displayed on three parks in Preston and Thornbury – can be seen on Google Earth.

The area’s mayor says the designs will require a “complex, costly and time-consuming” repair process.

T.W. Blake Park in Preston has the largest penis glyph and measures at 100 metres in length.

A similar design adorns Thornbury’s John Cain Memorial Park complex.

Hayes Park in Thornbury also has two, slightly less obvious glyphs.

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“Darebin Council condemns this type of irresponsible vandalism on our parks and sports grounds. It is not a cheap joke — fixing the affected ovals is complex, costly and time-consuming,” Mayor and Darebin councillor Susan Rennie said in a statement.

“Council is taking action to remove the graffiti, but it can take months for the grass to recover, during which time our community are left using sub-standard grounds which can be a safety hazard.”

Responsibility is yet to be claimed for the designs.

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