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Heritage & History

The preservation and interpretation of the Miami Valley's natural heritage is at the core of our mission. But telling the story of these special places wouldn’t be complete without weaving in the cultural history that helped shape them—from Native Americans...

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Gardening cultivates an enduring relationship with nature. Working with plants provides a hands-on opportunity to interact with and develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world around us. Five Rivers MetroParks facilities offer inspiration for every gardener and...

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At Five Rivers MetroParks, we’ve got as many events and cultural activities scheduled as we have wooded trails. From live local musicians at intimate lunch locations to main stage regional acts under the pavilion at RiverScape, there are options for...

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Get Outside Book Club

Read about it, talk about it, do it!

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RiverScape River Run

Making the Great Miami River more accessible to the entire community

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History of the Parks

Our parks have a rich history, and many were important to Dayton residents years before they became MetroParks.

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Complete Rules and Regulations

At the regular meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners of Five Rivers MetroParks held on March 13, 2009, the Board of Park Commissioners adopted the Code of Rules and Regulations of Five Rivers MetroParks, which is a codification of...

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The area that is now Taylorsville MetroPark was once one of the busiest crossroads in the country, the meeting place of major transportation arteries — the Old National Road, Great Miami River, the Miami-Erie Canal and railroads. Today, the area...

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Amid the beautifully landscaped gardens, flowering pots, hanging baskets and reflecting pools, this lively park on the banks of the Great Miami River offers a place for those who live, work and play downtown to connect to nature. Grab a...

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Ripple Effect

Healthy rivers mean healthy wildlife The cascading positive effects of reforestation have been well documented and can be seen in Dayton — as evidenced by the return of bald eagles. According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, bald eagles...

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