Updated: Sep 1
Ryan Bonaminio Park is a popular 38-acre park in Riverside, California. It has 2 large playgrounds, 2 baseball fields, soccer fields, 2 basketball courts, concessions, and lots of picnic tables. In this blog, we’ll talk about everything in this park.
This video from George Michel shows most of the park and Mount Rubidoux Park in the background. Go hike to the the top if you can!
Ryan Bonaminio Park is named after Riverside Police Officer Ryan Patrick Bonaminio, who was on duty when he was fatally shot in 2010. It happened only a mile away in Fairmount Park, and he was just 28 years old.
There is a parking lot off of Tequesquite Avenue that has over 250 spaces and 15 handicapped spots. This will give you the easiest access to everything in the park. Palm Avenue has a few dozen parking spots along the street - I recommend using this only if the parking lot is full.
The first feature we’ll talk about is the 2 basketball courts. It is in the middle of the park just south of the parking lot. They have all of the painted lines like the free-throw lines, three point lines, and mid-court lines. There are also some of those bright stadium lights that shine up the courts at night - this is another reason why Ryan Bonaminio Park is so great.
Next on the list are the two baseball fields. These are also next to the parking lot. While both fields have outfield fences, one is 225 feet away from home plate and the other is 315 feet away. Different age groups will likely play on these fields. Both fields also have some stadium lights.
Each dugout has a bench for players to sit on, and the parents have 5 rows of bleachers to sit on (on each side). Unfortunately, the dugouts don’t have shade like many other parks in the Inland Empire do.
There are some restrooms in between the two fields. A concession stand is also present that sells the usual things like food, snacks, candy, and beverages. There are about a dozen picnic tables with most being under shade shelters. It’s a great spot to cool off before or during a ballgame.
The soccer fields (and any other field like lacrosse or football) will be located in the southwestern part of the park - the Alkali Meadow is here, too. This is a large green space that can be used for anything. People play frisbee, spikeball, or play with their dog.
There are 1.7 miles of concrete and dirt sidewalks going all around Ryan Bonaminio Park. Multiple benches and picnic tables are along these paths. Something that is really nice is there is a handicap-accessible ramp on Palm Avenue along with some stairs - Riverside is being thoughtful!
Not far away is the Santa Ana River, which you can get a great view from Martha McLean - Anza Narrows Park. It's only a few minutes away!
Maurice Jones says that "This is a very nicely designed city park. Landscaping is neatly kept along with trimmed green grass throughout. Sports games are frequently played here, including soccer and softball. There is one medium sized playground and seating for the parents. Barbecue grills are available on a first come first served basis and there are only about 4 to 8 on the park grounds."
Ryan Bonaminio Park Playground
The playground is on the western side of the parking lot. Luckily, there are some bathrooms here. Also, there is a shade shelter with some picnic tables underneath, and a few benches are scattered around the playground.
The entire surface is made out of wood chips, so wear some good shoes! There are also water fountains and some bright lines that shine up the playground, which makes it much safer.
Ryan Bonaminio Playground has a playground for both older and younger children.
The older playground has rock climbing walls, a tall swirly slide, regular slides, jungle gym equipment, monkey bars, ladders, games, hop steps, and that’s not even half of it.
The younger playground has a few slides and a ladder. There are also 2 traditional swings and 2 bucket swings for younger kids.
This is definitely one of the best playgrounds in Riverside because it is so large and unique. Your kids will always want to come back!
Some nearby locations include the Tequesquite Community Garden (there are dozens of plants here, which are mostly fruits and vegetables) and the very popular Mount Rubidoux Park. It is a tall hill right across the street that gives you panoramic views of the Inland Empire. It’s even better than Challen Park. There is a giant white cross at the summit, and it’s 500 feet of elevation gain to the top - if you’re not scared of heights, you can drive to the top.
Ryan Bonaminio Park Address: 5000 Tequesquite Ave, Riverside, CA 92506
Hours: 5 AM - 5 PM
Coordinates: 33.976408, -117.394368
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