Tags: park, playground, picnic, dog friendly
Riverside Gardens is located along the Swan River foreshore in Bayswater and runs from Garrett Road Bridge through to Wyatt Road . Much of the parkland is on the site of the old Bayswater Tip (closed in 1981), however is now one of the last non commercialized river frontage areas in the metropolitan area. Whilst it falls under the jurisdiction of the City of Bayswater , the final decisions to any future development are made by the Swan River Trust.
Local legend has it that one of the main reasons for the beautification of Riverside Gardens West was to enable residents and non residents of the City of Bayswater to take their dogs to an exercise park where they could run free, swim and generally enjoy themselves with their family and other dogs. The legend also includes the shipping in of the white sand to create a beach for the dogs to play on.
Barbeques and playgrounds have been installed to encourage family participation.
Riverside Gardens East includes the Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary area and access is gained to the boat ramp by travelling along Memorial Drive . This is an "on lead" dog exercise area. The gardens are landscaped so as to provide interest and variety but without intruding on the generous free-run area. They are bordered by a strictly no-go bird sanctuary to the North, and boatsheds to the South. The network of footpaths is shared with occasional cyclists.