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Published September 8th 2013
Grassy, sunny picnic spot
What's big, green and something every dog loves? North Ryde Common, of course.
This huge patch of lush green grass is a great place for a family picnic, a big event, or simply to let your dog run wild. Bounded by Wicks and Twin Roads, North Ryde Common is worth a visit for a day out in the sun, its sloping grounds a popular spot for picnickers and dog owners.
Whenever the local council needs to hold a big outdoor event, North Ryde Common is where they take it. So, whenever it's time for some December Christmas Carols or perhaps an Australia Day concert and festivities, this large park fills with people.
When there's no major event on, however, it's usually a fairly quiet space with plenty of room to explore. There's certainly no shortage of spots for you to spread out a picnic rug and just enjoy the sunshine.
There's also a number of trees providing shade from the hot summer sun, and if you feel like an impromptu family game of cricket then that's easy to set up as well.
But North Ryde Common is a particularly great spot for dogs. The entire park is an off-leash area, offering local pooches heaps of space to sniff, chase and roll around to their heart's content.
A word of warning though: the park is not fenced, so make sure your dog will come when called and stay away from the road. Water and dog waste bins are provided, and view a map of the off-leash area on Ryde City Council's website.
For more information on North Ryde Common, log on to the Ryde City Council website.