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Published September 6th 2013
Picnic and play in peaceful park
Located in a quiet corner of Ryde, Pidding Park is part of the extensive swathe of bushland and green space in the area that links up with Lane Cove National Park. With a great playground and plenty of open space, Pidding Park is a popular and relaxing spot for families.
As this quiet little park is tucked away off Cressy Road, many people don't know it actually exists. So, if you're lucky, you might be able to get the place to yourself on any certain day.
The first thing you notice about the park is its modern kids' playground. With a slide, swings, a climbing wall and ropes, along with a couple of other little nooks and crannies to explore, it's a good place to let youngsters loose.
There's bench seating for parents to sit down in the shade and watch their kids play, while a concrete pathway is good for trikes and little bikes. Shade is available around the fringe of the park, while there's plenty of sunny spots as well if you want to spread out a picnic rug on the grass.
Pidding Park features a sportsfield that plays host to cricket during summer and soccer during winter. When there's no organised sport taking place, it means there's plenty of room to let energetic kids run wild.
The park is also a dog off-leash area, offering a great spot for the region's canines to let their hair down and run amok. Check the Ryde council website for a map of where your pooch is allowed off-leash.
Pidding Park is also home to some small bushland areas. A stretch of Sydney Red Gum woodland sits on the western side of the park, while a path from the end of Cressy Road runs through the bush to Pidding Road. You might see a few native birds in the area as well, such as white-faced herons, yellow-faced honeyeaters and rainbow lorikeets.
Toilets are available on site and there's also plenty of space for parking. To find out more about the location and facilities of Pidding Park, visit the Ryde City Council website.