A short walk from Top Ryde City, Ryde Park is a favourite of ours. It has lovely manicured gardens, a playground, the Groundskeeper Cafe, a basketball court, two shelters and few different sports fields. Ryde Park is a 20 minute drive from the Parramatta CBD, a 10 minute drive from Ermington.
The Groundskeeper cafe is a local favourite. Many sleep deprived parents choose the park as a destination simply because they can get their caffeine hit at the same time. The menu is middle eastern inspired, with items such as kafte tagine eggs, shakshouka, and also some common foods such as bacon and egg rolls etc. Check out their menu.
The Groundskeeper cafe is open for breakfast and lunch every day except Tuesday from 9am until 4pm on weekdays and 8am until 4pm on weekends. They have joined the Responsible Cafes initiative and you can save $0.50 off a coffee when you bring a reusable cup.
Ryde Park has a nice little playground. It isn’t the biggest playground but the park’s ample space to run around and the cafe makes it a popular destination. The Playground contains:
- a see saw
- a round swing
- a cubby style fort with 2 slides, steering wheels etc
- a small swing for preschoolers
- sandpit (well more like an area with sand)
- climbing equipment and more
It is suited to crawlers up to young primary school aged kids.
The Rotunda is a lovely part of Ryde history. It is about 70 years old and has been restored by Ryde Council. It is a nice focal point of the park and my children love to use it as their stage to dance around.
Ryde Park has two large sports fields. One is a large round field that is fenced. The other is a large rectangular field. Often these fields are used by sports groups and fitness instructors in the mornings, evenings and weekends.
The park also has a basketball court with a grassy area adjacent to it.
Ryde Park contains toilets. The disabled toilet has a change table. There are 2 small shelters with picnic tables near the grassy patch adjacent to the basketball courts. Parking is available on the side streets surrounding the park. You’ll find a few benches to sit on throughout the park as well.
Getting to Ryde Park
Ryde Park is located near Top Ryde City Shopping Centre. You can enter the park from Princes St, Argyle Ave or Blaxland Rd. The playground and cafe are best accessed from Argyle Ave. There is street parking around the park, though it can be a bit tricky to find a spot. You can also park at Top Ryde City and walk down. There is a bus stop just outside the park on Blaxland Rd and the following routes stop there: 287, 500, 501, 510, 515, 518, 520, m52.