Closures & Cancellations:
- During and immediately following periods of severe winter weather some areas of MetroParks facilities may not be available for use. These areas will be reopened as soon as possible after such an event.
- 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.
- The following facilities are closed for the winter season. They will reopen March 1, 2015 unless noted.
Other facilities, such as water fountains and restrooms, may also be secured for winter to ensure protection from the elements. Please plan accordingly.
- Red Bud campsite at Carriage Hill MetroPark
- Canoe take out at 100 Lienesch Rd., Englewood MetroPark
- Reservable area at 6910 Boomershine Rd., Germantown MetroPark
- Boat ramp drive at 4095 Lower Valley Pike, Huffman MetroPark
- Reservable area at 4730 Frytown Rd., Possum Creek MetroPark
- Shumard campsite, Canoe take out north of dam and the reservable area at 8400 Brown School Rd., Taylorsville MetroPark
- Dogwood parking lot/Mathis Pond at 10230 Eby Rd., Twin Creek MetroPark
- Childrens Discovery Garden (will close Dec. 31), Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark
Cox Tree Tower Closed for Maintenance
Cox Arboretum MetroPark's Tree Tower will be closed from Nov. 3 through late Nov. for the construction of a permeable paver path to the Tower, graffiti removal and repairs. For the safety of our visitors, the Tower and the current path will remain closed for the duration of the projects.
Temporary closures possible on Stillwater Trail near Wegerzyn MetroPark
Starting Nov 12 we will be completing a bridge repair project on the Stillwater Bikeway near Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark. This project will cause temporary closures of the bikeway. The closures should be minimal and will only be in place for short amounts of time while certain parts of the project are completed. The work is expected to be completed before November 21.
Eastwood MetroPark Shelters non-reservable in Fall 2014 due to bridge construction
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
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.
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.