Closures & Cancellations:
- Spring flooding did major damage to three bridges on the orange trail at Carriage Hill MetroPark. The orange trail will remain closed until the staff at Carriage Hill can make the needed repairs. All other trails will remain open for use.
- The bikeways near the rivers may be under water in periods of river flooding. Please scout and plan your trips accordingly. Use caution when traveling on sections that are under water, choosing an alternate route if at all possible.
- Cox Arboretum MetroPark's Tree Tower may be closed when conditions make it unsafe. Please call (937) 434-9005 to check its status if the tree tower is in your park visit plans.
- The Five Rivers Fountain of Lights, the Interactive Fountain at RiverScape MetroPark and the Water Play System at Island MetroPark have closed for the season as of Sept 2, 2014.
Eastwood MetroPark Shelters non-reservable in Fall 2014 due to bridge construction - Updated
The Bluegrass and Pioneer shelters at Eastwood MetroPark will not be available for reservation from Oct 5, 2014 thru Jan 31, 2015 due to demolition and construction of a new bridge over the lagoon. The area in and around these shelters will be used as construction staging areas.
This project will replace the bridge over the lagoon outlet. This bridge connects the "park side" area with the part of the park accessed from Springfield Street. The bridge also serves as a critical connecting link for the Mad River Recreation Trail, and the Buckeye/North Country Trail. Presently, the trail is closed to vehicles, but usable by pedestrians and bicylists.
We have contracted with the firm of Jones-Stuckey from Columbus to provide the criteria design that will be used to solicit design/build proposals from package bridge manufacturers. Using the design build delivery method will allow us to consider a range of bridge design types. These may include a timber bridge, or precast concrete, aluminum, or steel - with a variety of truss and railing types. The selection will be based on functionality, operations/maintenance considerations, appearance, and cost.
The criteria design is completed. We are requesting Board approval at their September 12 meeting to solicit design/build proposals from interested contractors.
Site work is expected to begin in February, with a completion date early Spring 2015.
We are investigating the existing bridge being only partially demolished until the new bridge is ready for use. Some closures will be necessary during the work.
For questions, please call Joe Zimmerman at 937-277-4825
Dayton African American Cultural Festival postponed
Due to weather forecast, the Dayton African American Cultural Festival has been postponed from Saturday, August 23 to Saturday, September 20 at Island MetroPark.
Great Miami Bikeway Construction Closure
Work is still underway on repaving project of the Great Miami Bikeway through Moraine, West Carrollton, and Miamisburg by the Ohio Department of Transportation. Street level detours will be posted during the project.
The ADA drinking fountain located near the restroom at the overlook parking 7101 Conservancy Rd. at Germantown MetroPark is currently under repair.
Iron Horse Bikeway Construction
Construction is complete on the section of the Iron Horse Bikeway that passes under US-35 however restoration work is still in progress around the construction area. Please use caution in the area and watch for barrels and caution tape.
Wolf Creek Bikeway Construction Closures
Update 9/12/2014: The upper Wolf Creek Recreation Trail has been reopened for public use. The work is about 85% finished, but completion delayed until mid-September due to scheduling conflicts. The trail has been reopened now, rather than keeping it closed while the project is idle for several weeks.
The work on the trail will resume beginning September 22, and is scheduled to be completed by October 10.
It is not expected that the entire trail will be closed again when the work resumes, but individual sections will be closing for short periods. The remaining work consists of installing the gravel berm on each side of the new asphalt, and installation of the curb ramps, bollards and pavement markings at all of the street crossings.
The City of Dayton is completing a rail repair project on the rail line near Wesleyan MetroPark and Adventure Central. The focus of the work will be on the rail bridge that passes over the Wolf Creek Bikeway. The nature of this work will cause some bikeway closure. We have worked with the city to minimize the disruption to the bikeway and the facilities. The City has set an official start date of June 23, although they may not be active on site until July.
Additionally, pavement repairs and asphalt overlay for the upper section of the Wolf Creek Bikeway between Albert Street in Brookville and the Preble County line have also begun. The work will be performed in the Spring and Summer of 2014. This project is funded by a federal grant administered by the Ohio Department of Transportation, with local match funding provided by Five Rivers MetroParks and the City of Brookville. FRMP is acting as the local project manager.
The Ohio Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Adminstration have authorized the project to be bid. Pending FRMP Board estimate approval and authorization on February 14, the project will be bid in February and March - anticipating a contract award at the April 24 Board meeting.
Questions regarding this project can be directed to Five Rivers MetroParks Project Manager, Joe Zimmerman, at email@example.com, or by phone at 937-277-4825.
Stillwater Bikeway Detour
The Stillwater Bikeway under Ridge Avenue will be detoured for bridge construction beginning Monday, February 17, 2014 and remain closed until September 2015. The detour will begin just north of the Ridge Avenue bridge. The detour route will be on DeWeese Parkway, across Ridge Avenue, along the south edge of the parking lot east of Ridge Avenue, and onto the Great Miami River Trail. Bicyclist can then follow the Great Miami Trail south back to the Stillwater River Trail at the bikeway bridge to Island MetroPark. For complete info on the project, visit the Montgomery County website.
MoMBA Facilities and Beginners Mountain Biking Trail improvements
An Ohio Department of Natural Resources Recreational Trail Program (ODNR RTP) grant application submitted on Feb. 1, 2013 has been approved and awarded to Five Rivers MetroParks on Oct. 28, 2013. The grant will help fund the construction of a 1.5 mile beginners mountain biking loop trail with skills areas in the front part of the site. Improved entrance drive, handicapped parking, an access walk, relocated trailhead and a CXT double vault toilet are also included in the project..
Strategic Trail Initiative begins at Sugarcreek MetroPark
The Strategic Trail Initiative (STI) has officially begun at Sugarcreek MetroPark. MetroParks' staff has started to construct new pieces of trail on the Red/Green loop. The old trails will remain open while new construction is taking place, one section at a time. Once a new section has been completed with specialized machinery, hand working crews will finalize the new trail. When opened, new trails sections may be hazardous until the surface has been compacted by use. Please use caution. Trails will stablize once they dry from winter/spring moisture.
Hand working days are great opportunities for visitors to come and volunteer and be part of the new trails being built. Call our Volunteer Coordinator Yvonne Dunphy at (937) 277-4147 to learn more about volunteer trail work days including dates and times of trail work days. Contruction will begin again in May, weather permitting. View a map of Sugarcreek highlighting the proposed trail changes >>
Great Miami Bikeway closures and detour information
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has temporarily closed the Great Miami River Bikeway in downtown Dayton, as part of the I-75 Modernization (Phase 2) project, effective November 25, 2012. The closures impact the bikeway on BOTH sides of the Great Miami River. ODOT and the City of Dayton will maintain marked detours around the closures to allow for cycling and walking traffic to proceed along the trail route.