History of Five Rivers MetroParks

Protecting the region's natural heritage for more than 50 years

In 1963, Dayton was growing … quickly. A group of local citizens became concerned about the pace of this growth and how “urban sprawl” had found its way to our region, threatening the balance of developed versus natural areas. These committed individuals fought to preserve our natural areas by establishing a county-wide park district to acquire and manage open space for the recreation and enjoyment of people in the metropolitan region. Thanks to their early efforts, Five Rivers MetroParks has been able to maintain forests, prairies, wetlands and other native habitat where wildlife thrives and people can make personal connections with nature for more than 50 years.

To learn more about the history of Five Rivers MetroParks:

Interactive Timeline

There are many “hidden” events and significant milestones that helped shape your MetroParks as you know them today.

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