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MetroParks Helps People of All Abilities Access Nature

Published April 12, 2024

Your Five Rivers MetroParks are home to more than150 miles of paved and natural surface trails for hiking, cycling, mountain biking and more. The greater Dayton region is home to more than 350 miles of recreation trails – the nation’s largest paved trail network – and 270 miles of river corridor.   Trails are for everyone. […]

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Volunteer spotlight: Ed Stevenson

Published April 11, 2024

If you’ve helped at a Twin Valley Trail Workday, participated in the Twin Valley Trail Challenge or attended the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience, you’ve likely crossed paths with volunteer Ed Stevenson. Stevenson joined MetroParks’ volunteer team in March of 2016 after his wife and he moved to the area to be closer to their grandkids. […]

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Meet MetroParks’ new chief of operations

Published April 10, 2024

If you’ve attended a Five Rivers MetroParks event or frequented your favorite park, you may recognize Chris Pion, MetroParks’ new chief of operations! For nearly 28 years, Chris has been on the MetroParks team in many capacities, most recently as director of parks. Pion started his MetroParks journey in 1996 as a seasonal park technician […]

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Spring Programs and Upcoming Events at RiverScape MetroPark

Published April 4, 2024

Have an appetite for adventure? RiverScape MetroPark has you covered! From biking to paddling, from fitness to food, there’s something fun for everyone. So, gear up for a good time and bring your friends and family for some summer adventures. Adopt-A-Park Reminder Celebrate Earth Day with MetroParks at the annual Adopt-A-Park event on Saturday, April […]

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MetroParks Monthly: Programs & Events for April

Updated March 31st, 2024

Below you’ll find a list of programs and events for all ages, from children to life-long learners, in addition to MetroParks must-dos, sustainability tips and information on what’s growing in the parks this month. Take a deeper dive into your areas of interest by signing up for MetroParks’ email newsletters and following Five Rivers MetroParks […]

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New Market event offers special after-hours shopping, dining opportunities

Updated March 30th, 2024

The 2nd Street Market is extending its hours on certain Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:30 PM as part of Sunset at the Market: a bimonthly occasion with themed evenings with seasonal programming. Nearly all the Market’s indoor vendors will be on site during the following dates: April 11 June 13 August 8 October 10 December […]

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Understanding Leave No Trace in Your MetroParks

Updated March 28th, 2024

Spring is here, and that means a lot more people are about to head out to enjoy their local MetroPark. Are you making plans on heading out for a hike or a ride? Here are a few outdoor principles from Leave No Trace, an organization on a mission to ensure a sustainable future for the […]

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Women’s History Month – Meet the Women of Five Rivers MetroParks 

Updated March 28th, 2024

In honor of Women’s History Month, we profile some of Five Rivers MetroParks’ female employees who keep your parks beautiful, safe and open year-round.    Amy Kennedy has worked for MetroParks for almost 10 years, currently as lead horticulture technician at RiverScape MetroPark. Her job is to train all new horticulture staff and take care […]

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Paint-A-Park Gallery: Cox Arboretum MetroPark, March 2024

Published March 22, 2024

This gallery collects artist submissions from the Paint-A-Park program in Cox Arboretum, March 2024. The Paint-A-Park program helps to amplify voices and perspectives that often go unheard by giving all participants the opportunity to share their art on our digital gallery. Each piece submitted is a representation of what people from all over our region […]

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Grandma Gatewood, One of Ohio’s Most Famous Hikers

Published March 22, 2024

Emma Rowena Caldwell Gatewood, known as “Grandma Gatewood,” is considered a thru-hiking pioneer, one of America’s most famous hikers and a great ambassador for the Appalachian Trail. She is credited for helping save the nation’s foremost trail.   She also helped build the Buckeye Trail, Ohio’s 1,444-mile long-distance hiking trail that circumnavigates the state – and […]

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