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A local company that makes its own all-natural and gluten-free pet food in Dayton will join the 2nd Street Market as a full-time vendor starting May 4. Pet Wants Dayton was founded in late 2015 and sold its products in farmers markets last year in Huber Heights and Oakwood, and will continue to do so […]

What is paddling? It’s a generic classification for vessels (and related activities) that are powered by paddles — canoes, kayaks, Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs) and rafts. This does not include rowing with oars or motor boats, said Erik Dahlstrom, outdoor recreation coordinator for Five Rivers MetroParks. … Read the full story on

When quiet but important real estate deals need to happen, the Montgomery County Land Bank is often there. Fueled by $18 million in federal funds, the bank is best known as being a vehicle for arranging the transfer of vacant, distressed homes, making demolition of “zombie properties” possible. “Distressed real estate is kind of the […]

Dayton club and college coaches share nuggets of wisdom from a weekend of workshops with USRowing’s coaching legend Kris Korzeniowski. In a full weekend of workshops with U.S. Olympic and world championship coaching veteran Kris Korzeniowski, rowing organizations in Dayton, Ohio were reminded of the difference quality coaching can make in developing outstanding rowers and […]

Five Rivers MetroParks works with community gardens in the Dayton region as part of the Grow With Your Neighbors program, which began in 1986. In 2007, 18 gardens were part of the program—today, it’s grown to include 97 gardens that serve more than 3,460 people. And when it comes to people, the key predictor of […]

Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark | Dayton, OH This Dayton MetroPark has a Children’s Garden unrivaled by any other, featuring lots of sensory play areas, different animal habitats and even a learning garden where kids can get hands-on experience. We especially love the musical garden (which features large, outdoor musical instruments) and the sandbox (because what kid doesn’t […]

A torn meniscus and stress fracture stopped Bertie Ford in her tracks — that’s when she realized she needed to switch gears. The longtime avid runner turned to cycling to feed her need for fitness and friendship. “I had always been a cyclist, but not to this extent,” Ford said. “I rode as a kid […]

Englewood MetroPark among the first group of facilities to be certified as a Best in Ohio Connect to Nature Site on April 10.  DAYTON, OH (April, 5 2017) — Englewood MetroPark will be one of the first parks in the Miami Valley to be certified as a Best in Ohio Connect to Nature Site by […]

Summer break is just around the corner. Five Rivers MetroParks is offering new summer camp programs for youth ages 7 to 17 and a host of activities and events that will get your family excited about the outdoors! Myriad options are sure to keep your kiddos occupied during the summer months. Whether you daydream about […]

DAYTON, OH (March 30, 2017) — Five Rivers MetroParks has named the winners of its third annual OUTstanding Teacher Award, created to honor Dayton-area teachers who engage students with the outdoors: Rising Star (less than 10 years): John Huston, Nicholas Residential Treatment Center School Huston used his extensive educational background and experience with the sciences, […]

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