Ryde River Walk was created to improve the community’s enjoyment of the unique attractions along the foreshore of Parramatta River, with better public access and enhanced recreational facilities.
From Gladesville Bridge to Ryde Bridge, Ryde River Walk provides walkers and cyclists with breathtaking river and city skyline views as it meanders into bays, parks and playgrounds, through bushland and mangroves, past historic sites, Aboriginal cultural heritage sites and art installations.
The twelve-kilometre bridge-to-bridge walk explores a remarkable sweep of the northern shore of the Parramatta River and visually captures the important role our city plays in the life and history of greater Sydney.
Construction of Ryde River Walk began in 2007 with the adoption of the Ryde River Walk Masterplan and the first stage was officially opened in 2008. It includes a shared pedestrian and bike pathway from Meadowbank Park through to the eastern end of Kissing Point Park and a shared path in Morrison Bay Park.
Ryde River Walk is our city’s contribution to a 275-kilometre continuous network of walking tracks and paths along Sydney iconic waterways, from Palm Beach in the north, to Cronulla in the south. Visit Walking Coastal Sydney website for more information.
In its regional context, the Ryde River Walk connects to:
- East - Bedlam Bay and Parramatta River Regional Park and Gladesville Bridge
- West – along the north and south foreshores of the River to Parramatta CBD and Parramatta Park
- South – across the Parramatta River on the Rhodes Railway bridge to Sydney Olympic Park and Botany via the Cooks River Trail.
Ryde River Walk has won several prestigious awards, including the Heart Foundation Local Government Award for promoting wellness in the community.
- Parks - (from west to east) Koonadan Reserve, Melrose Park, Korpie Reserve, Meadowbank Park, Memorial Park, Helen Reserve, Anderson Park, Ryde Wharf Reserve, Settlers Park, Bennelong Park, Kissing Point Park, Putney park, Morrisons Bay Park, Tennyson Park, Bill Mitchell Park, Glades Bay Reserve, Mediation Park, Looking Glass Bay Park, Banjo Paterson Park
- Playgrounds – the best ones are Anderson Park, Putney Park, Memorial Park (currently being redeveloped - opening in mid 2015) and Kissing Point Park. (Melrose Park and Banjo Paterson Park will also be upgraded in 2015)
- Sportsgrounds - Meadowbank Park and Bill Mitchell Park
- Picnic spots – try Kissing Point Park, Putney Park, Memorial Park, Anderson Park, Ryde Wharf Reserve
- Sites of interest – heritage and aboriginal cultural sites in Kissing Point Park – Meeting Place, Wallamadugal Snapper Fish
- Viewing spots – Ryde Wharf Reserve, Meditation Park, Banjo Paterson Park, Putney Park, Memorial Park.
The next stage of the Ryde River Walk implementation strategy will take place in Tennyson Point and Gladesville with works in Bill Mitchell Park, Glades Bay Park and Looking Glass Bay Park. The upgrades will include a combination of pathways, shared bike and pedestrian paths and boardwalks with:
- Improved access into Bill Mitchell Park from Western Crescent and Brett Street with new steps and footpaths
- Creation of a loop path in Bill Mitchell Park that formalises the foreshore promenade and provides step access to Parramatta River
- Improvement to the pedestrian access from Ross Street into Glades Bay with the construction of stairs, pathway and terrestrial boardwalks to Glades Bay Park
- Connection from Ashburn Place into Looking Glass Bay Park and onto Amiens Street to the west and Banjo Patterson Park to the east.
Ryde River Walk is a great example of Council partnering with community volunteers and government agencies to develop the route, improve access and provide an important link in the regional system of recreation trails to produce the map for the Sharing Sydney Harbour program. This significant investment has created a popular and highly used leisure and recreation draw-card for the community.
If you have further enquiries contact Council's Customer Service Centre on 9952 8222.