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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.

DAYTON, OH (July 13, 2018) — At its July 13, 2018, regularly scheduled meeting, the Five Rivers MetroParks Board of Park Commissioners (Board) took the first of two required votes to place a levy on the Nov. 6, 2018, ballot. The Board unanimously voted in favor of requesting the Montgomery County Auditor to certify the […]

End summer with a month of fun events and activities at RiverScape MetroPark, located at 237 E. Monument Ave. This August, visitors can raise a glass during RiverScape MetroPark’s first Germanfest Picnic and Pickin’ in the Park concertgoers can get a taste of outdoor adventure at Urban Outdoor Experience, a preview of fall’s Wagner Subaru […]

Public meetings to be held on August 17 Community partners, including Five Rivers MetroParks, the city of Dayton, the Miami Conservancy District and more, invite the public to provide their input during the development of a comprehensive 20-year master plan for 12 miles of river corridor for greater downtown Dayton. Project consultant, Sasaki, will host […]

DAYTON, OH (July 17, 2017) — The process of rebuilding the Tree Tower at Cox Arboretum MetroPark will begin on Monday, July 17, when crews begin to disassemble the 65-foot structure. Cox Arboretum MetroPark, 6733 Springboro Pike, will remain open during the rebuilding process.  The Tree Tower is expected to be rebuilt by the end […]

Long-term vision for greater downtown’s four river corridors to strengthen economic development, protect the region’s natural heritage and support outdoor recreation opportunities. DAYTON, OH (June 7, 2017) — Five Rivers MetroParks has partnered with the city of Dayton and Miami Conservancy District to develop a comprehensive 20-year master plan for 12 miles of river corridor […]

Five Rivers MetroParks hosts RiverScape Summer Music Series, fitness opportunities and more.  DAYTON, OH (May, 30 2017) — Five Rivers MetroParks will host free music and fitness events at RiverScape MetroPark (237 E. Monument Ave.) this June. The public is invited to four live concerts as part of the RiverScape Summer Music Series, sponsored by […]

DAYTON, OH (May 25, 2017) —New for summer 2017, the 2nd Street Market—located at 600 E. Second St. in downtown Dayton—will be open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays, June 4 through August 27. Sunday offerings from more than 30 vendors include fresh, local produce, prepared food, hand-crafted goods, artisan fare and more. Additionally, […]

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

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