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.
- During periods of severe or uncooperative weather, the Ice Rink may not be open. For current rink status, please call the Ice Rink at (937) 278-2607.
- 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
Children's Discovery Garden closed March 1-2
The Children's Discovery Garden at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark will be closed March 1-2 due to weather concerns.
Carriage Hill MetroPark Horse Trailer Lot closed
The horse trailer lot at Carriage Hill is closed until further notice.
Paw Paw Camp closed for tree removal
The Paw Paw Camp at Hills & Dales MetroPark will be closed until further notice.
Eastwood Lagoon Bridge Replacement
This project will replace the bridge over the lagoon outlet at Eastwood MetroPark. 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.
The project has been awarded as a design/build contract to R.B Jergens Contractors, Inc. from Vandalia OH. FRMP has worked successfully with this contractor on the North Great Miami Rec Trail (Taylorsville to Tipp City) and other projects.
The selected design is a structural steel, bowstring arch bridge with a concrete deck, to be manufactured by Anderson Bridge. The existing bridge is 24' wide by 50' long. The new bridge will be narrower at 14', but will longer at 70' in order to move the abutments away from the saturated soils at the stream edge, and to avoid triggering environmental compliance requirements that would come from constructing new abutments in the waterway.
The bridge will be similar in appearance to the one below, but with only one span, and no center pier. The bridge will be made from unpainted, weathering steel, like several others throughout our trail system. Because this material is never painted, it has lower maintenance. Additionally, environmental impacts are reduced at the time of initial construction, and by avoiding the necessity to prep and recoat the bridge in the future. The handrail will be painted to match the color of the weathering steel.
The new bridge is currently in fabrication. Site work is scheduled to begin on March 16, 2015 - with demolition of the existing bridge beginning on that date. The new bridge is scheduled to be completed and the path opened for public use 45 days later on April 29, 2015. Start and finish dates are subject to change due to weather. There will be no signed detour during the closure because the possible alternate routes cannot be considered safe for all trail users. The contractor will erect signage announcing the pending closure 30 days prior to closure.
Regular work hours will be 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Arrangements are made with the Ranger Division to provide gate access outside regular park hours. Reservations at the Bluegrass Shelter have been suspended for the duration of the scheduled site work. No other shelters are expected to be affected.
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.