Top-5 Ways to Keep Cool This Summer in Ryde
Published on 03 December 2018
As the jacarandas drop the last of their vibrant lilac-coloured blooms, summer takes the place of spring and with it comes a host of new ways to enjoy our City.
Despite being just 12 kilometres from the CBD of Australia’s largest city, the City of Ryde is home to stunning parks, expansive bushland and sparkling rivers, complemented by an extensive range of Council facilities and services.
This makes it the perfect spot to keep cool during the warmer months and we’ve put together a list of a few recommendations to inspire you!
1. Park yourself in one of our many parks
With more than 200 parks and open spaces in our City, there’s always a shady spot to read a book, walk the dog or make use of the free outdoor fitness equipment.
All of our parks and sportgrounds are available for hire, so if you’re looking for a spot for an upcoming birthday or wedding, you may want to check it out our Book a Park or Sportsground page. Better yet, we don’t charge fees for the use of the gazebos, barbecues or open grass areas (but you’ll need to get there first!).
Not sure where to go? Search by park type, suburb or features using our easy Park and Sportsground finder.
Minga Reserve, Ryde
2. Take a refreshing dip in the pool
There’s no better way to cool down than to take a dip in the pool. Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre (RALC) was one of the host facilities during the 2000 Summer Olympics, and for good reason! This indoor complex is home to a 50-metre pool, leisure pool, indoor stadium, onsite café, spa and sauna. On weekends and school holidays there’s also a wave pool and giant slide, as well as a giant inflatable operating on the last Sunday of every month. There are regular swimming classes, including our Learn to Swim program, in addition to a variety of sporting programs and camps during the year.
Plus, if you’ve ever wanted to learn to surf but can’t make it to the coast, you’ll want to have a go on our Surf Ryder all-weather surf simulator! Suitable for all ability levels (and anyone over 90 centimetres tall), it’s the perfect way to test the waters.
It’s also a good spot to host birthday parties, with games and activities and optional catering provided.
If you’re a Fitness Passport holder, you’ll be happy to know that the centre is a participating member.
To find out more, visit our Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre page.
Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre
3. Fill up for free using our water refill stations
Those hot days can really work up a thirst. Thankfully we have filtered water stations dotted across the City near walking paths and sports grounds. BYO water bottle to save money and reduce waste – fill up for free using the bottle refill point. Our new stations also feature a dog bowl, so your pooch can keep hydrated too!
To find one near you, visit our Filtered Water Stations page.
Water Station at Elouera Reserve
4. Let your inner water baby shine at Putney Park’s water play area
Set on the banks of the beautiful Parramatta River, this expansive waterfront park has shaded picnic facilities, barbecues, a cycle way and walking paths.
But the real highlight for kids is the water-play playground. With a super slide, paddling bools, beach area and climbing equipment, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a family fun day out.
To find out more, visit our Putney Park page.
There are also plans in the mix to make Putney Park a swimming site by 2025 as part of the Parramatta River Masterplan. Find out more.
Putney Park, Putney
5. Join up and join in at our (air conditioned) libraries
Libraries have evolved considerably to become vibrant, exciting spaces catering to all ages, abilities, cultural backgrounds and interests.
Kids will enjoy the activities, books, DVDs, toy library, science kits and Curiosity Cabinet. There’s also free computer and internet access, meeting rooms, photocopying, printing and scanning facilities and more.
Events include everything from author talks to workshops, musical performances and school holiday activities.
Membership is free, as are most of the events and facilities on offer. Better yet, all five branches are air conditioned, so they’re a great place to escape the summer heat.
To find out more, visit our Library page.
Ryde Library, 1 Pope Street, Ryde