Melrose Park was the large housing estate established here in 1937, named in honour of aviatorCharles James Melrose. He held a number of flying records, was the only solo flyer to finish the Melbourne Centenary Air Race in 1934, and helped in the unsuccessful search for Sir Charles Kingsford Smith. He died when his plane broke up in turbulence on a charter flight from Darwin to Melbourne. Streets in the suburb also recall other aviators such as Sir Alan Cobham, Jean Batten and Amy Johnson.
A quiet waterside suburb, Melrose Park is served by the shops at West Ryde shopping centre on Victoria Road and a strip of approximately 50 stores on Ryedale Road. There are also various restaurants in the vicinity.
The residents of Melrose Park use the train station at West Ryde, with services to the city running every 15 minutes in peak hour and every 30 minutes in off-peak times. West Ryde also has buses running to the City, Parramatta and Chatswood. From Melrose Park, the 513 bus service runs near Meadowbank Wharf, where ferry services to the city are available.
The residential homes of Melrose Park are mainly 1940s and 1950s cottages as opposed to the older character homes of West Ryde.