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! And we’re super excited that a NEW cafe has opened almost a year after the Grounds Keeper cafe closed. Sotto on Ryde cafe is now open 7am to 5pm.
1Fenced Scooter/ Bike Track
WOW, oh wow – the scooter/ bike track at Ryde Park is awesome. We particularly love the traffic lights, parking bays, roundabout and low road signs. PLUS, it’s fully fenced, with gated entrances at the carpark and park entrances.
It’s located on corner of Blaxland Road and Argyle Ave, behind the Ryde Bowling Club on one of the old bowling greens. And there’s 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 – one with a shade umbrella – around the track. Plus, lots of young trees that will provide much needed shade on sunny days in the future.
In this part of Ryde Park, there’s also a fenced dog off-leash area, landscaped gardens, drinking fountains and relaxing picnic area.
2Sotto on Ryde Cafe – NEW
Under the cloud of covid19, a new cafe moved in the space vacated by the Grounds Keeper cafe last year in July. Sotto on Ryde cafe is open daily from 7am to 5pm, with all day breakfast, lunch and snacks. And they hope to open for dinner over summer.
We haven’t eaten there yet but hear it’s nice food. Here’s their current menu. But let them know if there’s something you would like added as they are still tweaking it.
And a tick for having a kids menu with a good selection. There’s also high chairs and pram access.
Plus a chalk board and some toys for kids – to keep them occupied before you head to the playground next door!
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 just outside the playground area there’s a sand pit… gone is the mound of sand that was there for years – 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 bocce green next 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’s street parking around the park, though it can be a bit tricky to find a spot on weekends. Plus, free on-site parking (restricted to 4hrs) behind the Argyle Centre, next to the scooter track and fenced dog-off leash area. You can also park at Top Ryde City and walk down.
There’s a bus stop just outside the park on Blaxland Rd and the following routes stop there: 287, 500, 501, 510, 515, 518, 520, m52.