Closures & Cancellations:
- Recent flooding has done 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 waterplay features at Wegerzyn, Island and RiverScape MetroParks will close when temperatures fall below 70 degrees, or in periods of heavy rain - as dictated by regulations by the Ohio Department of Health.
- 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.
St Rt 40/National Road Closed near Taylorsville MetroPark
St Rt 40/National Road will be closed from July 7th to July 28th due to ODOT construction. We are told, park visitors can access the Taylorsville MetroPark North and South Parks from the East. You will need to cross the dam from the Bridgewater Road end of the dam, to get to the North or South Parks.
Wolf Creek Bikeway Construction Closure
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.
A portion of the Wolf Creek Bikeway will also be closed for repairs from July 21 to August 15, 2014 between Albert Road in Brookville, OH and the Preble County Line Road in Clay Township, Montgomery County, OH. The trail will be closed to use during this period, including evenings and weekends. The trail east of Albert Road will not be affected. The work includes the removal of deteriorated asphalt in selected areas, installation of 1-1/2” of new asphalt over the entire trail surface, and the construction of new street crossings.
Questions regarding this project can be directed to Five Rivers MetroParks Project Manager, Joe Zimmerman, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 937-277-4825.
Eastwood MetroParks 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.
Most water sources in the parks have been turned on for the season, with the execption of a few places where the brutal winter has caused damage that needs to be repaired:
- The water to Sycamore and Prairie Dock shelters at Possum Creek MetroPark and the restroom for those shelters has been shut down until repairs can be made, but will be turned on temporarily during shelter reservations.
- The drinking fountain at Hills & Dales Paw Paw shelter remains off for repairs. The part is on order and we will have this point online ASAP.
- The water fountain at the Sunfish Shelter at Germantown MetroPark is under repair.
- The drinking fountain is off for repairs at Taylorsville MetroPark's Hilltop shelter.
Iron Horse Bikeway Closure
The section of the Iron Horse Bikeway that passes under US-35 will be closed starting on April 7. This closure will be in place while bridge painting and final construction work takes place. A detour for the bikeway is in place.
Continued bridge construction on US 35 has resulted in a closure and subsequent detour of the Iron Horse Bikeway where it passes under US 35. The closed section is located just south of where the trail connects with the Creekside Bikeway near the intersection of Linden Avenue. While the contractor has been encouraged to open the bike path intermittently whenever possible, trail users should plan to use the provided detour until the project has been completed.
The suggested detour uses Linden Avenue, Smithville Road, and Burkhardt Avenue. See the detour map for more detail.
ODOT estimates the completion date for this project to be July 15, 2014.
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.
Wolf Creek Bikeway Repaving
This project includes pavement repairs and asphalt overlay for the upper section of the Wolf Creek Bikeway between Albert Street in Brookville and the Preble County line. 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.
The project is expected to begin construction about May 1, and finish by July 1. If you have any questions, please contact Joe Zimmerman at (937) 277-4825.
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.
Changes at Possum Creek MetroPark
The playground structure near the farm area at Possum Creek MetroPark is being removed. The equipment is old and has become difficult and costly to maintain. An assessment of the play area was conducted and based on safety, cost of repair and quality of visitor experience it was determined that the play equipment should be removed. We are currently in the planning stages for the future use of this area. We apologize for any inconvenience that this change has caused. This site will be updated as further plans are developed. Hiking trails, ponds, community gardens, bridle trails and reservable shelters will remain accessible throughout changes to the farm area.