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Five Rivers MetroParks strives to be an active force in the community. Read press releases, staff articles and other messages that get picked up by the media.

If you’re scratching your head and wondering what a “Splash Park” could possibly be, you certainly are not alone.  Splash Parks, or Pads, have become an overnight sensation in many parts of the Midwest as kids and parents alike seek solace from the scorching summer rays. The parks are usually composed of crumb rubber or […]

Last spring, I was excited to see a report from Dave Nolin about his discovery of a rare fern. Nolin is a former administrator for Dayton’s Five Rivers MetroParks and a consummate naturalist. He is passionate about Huffman Prairie, which occupies nearly 100 acres at the southern end of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. This prairie […]

Loosen those stretchy pants, folks — it is going to be a gut-busting weekend in the Gem City. There will be plenty of ways to get your drink and eat on, despite a forecast that calls for periods of rain and thunder. Read the full article on

Miami County will likely join the Great Miami Riverway Coalition, a group working for riverfront investment, promotion and economic development. The organization has close to 20 members from Hamilton to Sidney, including Troy, Piqua, Tipp City, the Miami Conservancy District, Five Rivers MetroParks, Miami County Parks, Montgomery County and Dayton. The Miami County commissioners indicated […]

This edition of WHIO Reports will focus on the Great Miami River and the River Run Project that was developed along Riverscape. Guests will discuss the project and downtown development plans, the regional economy and growth potential as well as safety tips for usage of the river. Read the rest of the story on

Five Rivers MetroParks is inviting the community to review and comment on draft site plans for five of its park locations during open houses this May and June. In addition, the community is invited to vote on the names of Five Rivers MetroParks’ future park destinations, located at Medlar conservation area and the former Larch […]

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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 […]

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