A short walk from Top Ryde City, Ryde Park is a favourite of ours and only 20min drive from the Parramatta CBD, or 10min from Ermington. It has lovely manicured gardens, a playground, basketball court, two shelters and few different sports fields. Plus a new awesome scooter/ bike track! But sadly the Grounds Keeper cafe is closing on Sunday 21st July 2019 after 6 years.
New Scooter/ Bike Track
WOW, oh wow – the new scooter/ bike track at Ryde Park is awesome. We particularly love the traffic lights, parking bays, roundabout and low road signs. PLUS, it is now fully fenced, with gated entrances at the carpark and park sides!
It is located on corner of Blaxland Road and Argyle Ave, behind the Ryde Bowling Club on one of the old bowling greens. And there is free on-site parking (restricted to 4hrs) behind the Argyle Centre, next to the scooter track and fenced dog-off leash area.
There are three picnic tables with shade umbrellas around the track. Plus, lots of young trees that will provide much needed shade on sunny days in the future.
In this new part of Ryde Park, there is now also a fenced dog off-leash area, landscaped gardens, drinking fountains and relaxing picnic area.
The Grounds Keeper Cafe (CLOSING 21st July 2019)
This cafe is a local favourite. Many sleep deprived parents choose Ryde Park as a destination simply because they can get their caffeine hit at The Grounds Keeper Cafe 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.
But sadly after 6 years, Grounds Keeper Cafe is closing on Sunday 21st July 2019. We hope Ryde Council is able to find a new cafe to open there soon.
The Grounds Keeper Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch six days a week from 9am until 4pm on weekdays and 8am until 4pm on weekends. They are CLOSED on Tuesdays.
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 next door makes it a popular destination.
The playground at Ryde Park contains:
- a see saw
- a round swing
- a cubby style fort with 2 slides, steering wheels etc
- a small swing for preschoolers
- climbing equipment and more
It is suited to crawlers up to young primary school aged kids.
And the mound of sand just outside the playground area has finally been turned into a proper sand pit – yay!
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 has toilets, with the disabled toilet having 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.