The Airport Neighborhood abuts the Santa Ana River, with Arlington Avenue forming the southern boundary and Van Buren Boulevard and Central and Jurupa Avenues representing the major roadways traversing the area. Van Buren Boulevard serves as a northern gateway into Riverside across the Santa Ana River.
Riverside Municipal Airport, owned and operated by the City of Riverside since 1953, is the neighborhood's dominant feature. The Airport was once imagined to grow to a substantial scale - and indeed, is comparable in site size and runway length to John Wayne Airport in Orange County.
Instead, the Airport fulfills an important niche in providing private general aviation services, housing the Riverside Police Department’s Aviation Unit and hosting occasional military use (usually helicopter flights associated with the region's military bases).