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  RiverScape MetroPark
RiverScape MetroPark
237 E. Monument Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45402
(937) 275-PARK (7275)
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Located in downtown Dayton, there is something happening year round at RiverScape MetroPark! Amid the beautiful landscape gardens, flowering pots, hanging baskets and reflecting pools, the park hosts a full range of activities including free summer weekend concerts, parent and preschooler programs, and major community festivals.

River Run - In Development
This project planned as the next phase of RiverScape MetroPark will create a new regional recreation destination in the heart of downtown Dayton. RiverScape River Run includes the removal of a dangerous low dam on the Great Miami River and the construction of two structures that span the river, each with two passageways: one smooth-water passageway for novice paddlers and one whitewater play feature. The project will open a beautiful, seven-mile stretch of river corridor along the Mad River in Eastwood MetroPark to the Great Miami River, through RiverScape MetroPark and downtown, and beyond to the University of Dayton/Carillon Park area.
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Regional Bikeways
RiverScape is the hub of a system of over 60 miles of Recreational Trails in Montgomery County. Run…walk…bike or skate. There is something for everyone. Let RiverScape be your starting point or a stop in your travels.
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Bike Hub
The new bike hub facility housing secure bike lockers, showers and restrooms will support cycling as a form of commuter transportation and will compliment Five Rivers MetroParks' efforts to promote cycling through programming, planned and unplanned activity and bike advocacy.
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Five Rivers Fountain of Lights - The Five Rivers Fountain of Lights runs through Labor Day.
The Five Rivers Fountain of Lights is created by five water jets housed in concrete towers and a powerful center geyser. The towers straddle the confluence of the Great Miami and Mad Rivers just east of the Riverside Bridge and shoot 2,500 gallons of water per minute toward the center of the river. The central geyser rises from the jets to a majestic 200’ in the air. Covering 395,000 square feet across an 800’ diameter, the Five Rivers Fountain of Lights is one of the largest fountains in the world.
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Dayton Inventor's River Walk
The Dayton Inventor's River Walk includes seven invention stations along Monument Avenue and Patterson Boulevard that celebrate Dayton inventions, sometimes in surprising ways. And Dayton has scores more stories of innovation to tell. The brick medallions continue down Monument Avenue and Patterson Boulevard leading the way along the walk and telling the stories of other Dayton inventors. These stories include Joe Desch, who cracked the German “Enigma” code and put the Allies on course for victory in World War II, as well as the origins of cellophane, digital watches, recycled newsprint, Freon and “Star Wars” technology.
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RiverScape Rentals
You can rent bikes on Saturdays and Sundays, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. A variety of bicycles are available as well as a host of child attachments.
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Festival Plaza
It’s the center of activity for RiverScape MetroPark. Tables and chairs are scattered throughout. Pull up a chair, enjoy the breeze off the river and be surrounded by our stunning gardens.

Interactive Fountain Hours:
Memorial Day through Labor Day
11:00am - 8:00pm, 7 days a week

Gardens and Landscape Beds
RiverScape is a beautiful garden that includes hanging baskets, life size flower pots and beds overflowing with annuals, perennials and tropical plants. Many of the plants are labeled with botanical and common names so that you can be inspired for your own home garden. Our garden creates a tropical oasis along the river in downtown Dayton. We invite you to pull up a chair on Festival Plaza and enjoy the beauty.

Paul Laurence Dunbar Walk
RiverScape pays tribute to the works of native Daytonian poet Paul Laurence Dunbar – several of his poems are etched in stone at the top of the staircase at the west end of the park.

Swings atop the river levee
Our swings are a popular place to catch a view of the river especially on a beautiful summer evening.

River Levee
Site of the Great 1913 Flood. Convergence of the Mad and Great Miami River. Roll down the levy and walk along the top. Visit the historical markers on the fountain towers and plaques describing the effects of the Flood. Observe wildlife. Favorite spot to fish.

Weddings and Proposals
Although no part of the park is reservable, there have been many proposals at the park as well as many weddings. Please call our Administrative offices for more information on how we can help you with your special day at (937) 274-0126.

Ice Rink - Closed for the season
Grab your mittens and the kids, your sweetheart, your coworkers and your friends and hit the ice! Sheltered under the covered pavilion, the MetroParks Ice Rink offers an extended skating season.
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Food Concessions - Closed until Memorial Day
Treat yourself to hot cocoa, coffee, soft pretzels and more!
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