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  RiverScape MetroPark
RiverScape MetroPark
237 E. Monument Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45402
(937) 275-PARK (7275)
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RiverScape MetroPark provides you with a little urban reprieve via the park's horticultural offerings. Learn about local interpretive history with the Inventors River Walk. It's a great time to get out and bike! RiverScape MetroPark is situated at the confluence of several paved bikeways. Visit our cycling page for trip suggestions. The arrival of our signature mixed pots and baskets signal spring throughout the city. Enjoy the magnificent perennial garden areas that include boxwood, hydrangea and butterfly.

    • Formerly Van Cleve Park, this popular park, found along the Great Miami River in the heart of Downtown Dayton, is a hub of activities for all ages -- from concerts and community events to bike rentals. Beautiful floral plantings, hanging baskets and fountains make RiverScape the Miami Valley's favorite community gathering place.

    • Old Van Cleve ParkThe idea of RiverScape grew out of a strong yearning to reunite downtown Dayton and the Great Miami River. Since the levees were built through downtown to corral the river after the horrific flood of 1913, Dayton has struggled with its relationship to the Great Miami River. This beautiful waterway, flourishing with wildflowers and birds in the shelter of the levee, wound through downtown Dayton while most of us barely noticed it was there. The river corridor bikeway was begun in 1976 and eventually linked to cities throughout the region, yet there was still no solid link between the river and downtown. By the 1990s, people were clamoring to get down to the river.

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    • RiverScape is wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are welcome on the ice rink. RiverScape MetroPark received a certificate of excellence from the Access Center Dayton in recognition of our efforts to ensure that people with disabilities have complete access to the communities in which they live.

    • Directions
      RiverScape MetroPark is located in Downtown Dayton at 237 E. Monument Avenue between Patterson Boulevard and N. Jefferson Street. Take I-75 to First St and head east. Turn left on Patterson Blvd. And left onto Monument Ave. The park is on your right, along the river bank.

      City of Dayton Bike Route Map
      Bike/Walk Dayton! Get around town easily with this downloadable Bike Route Map.

      Public Transportation
      RTA Bus Routes to 5, 11, 16, 17, 18 & 19
      Routes 5, 11, 16, 17, 18 and 19 (south) pass directly in front of the park. There is a bus stop (southbound) at Festival Plaza on Monument Avenue between St. Clair and Jefferson streets. From Third and Main streets, RiverScape MetroPark is three blocks north to Monument and one block east into the park.

      Plan a Bus Trip!
      Learn about RTA's Bike Rack Program

    • Located along the Great Miami River in Downtown Dayton, this urban park can be an excellent place to watch migratory and resident birds such as Great Blue Herons, waterfowl, and gulls and even animals such as beaver and snapping turtles.

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Visitor Information

GPS Coordinates:
Latitude: 39.764206
Longitude: -84.190992

Park Hours:
Open 365 days a year including Christmas and New Years Day.

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

Metered parking is free weekdays after 6 pm and all day on the weekends. There are over 30 parking garages/lots in the downtown area.

Pet Policy:
Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed and under control at all times. We ask that guests please leave their pets at home during events.

Additional Phone Numbers:
(937) 278-2607 - Ice Rink
(937) 278-2607 - Bicycle Rentals

Park Features/Amenities
There is something happening year round at RiverScape MetroPark located in downtown Dayton. 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, major community festivals including the Dayton Celtic Festival, Taste of Miami Valley, the Hispanic Heritage Festival and more.
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