Welcome Poppets Coffee The 2nd Street Market is pleased to welcome one of its newest permanent vendors, Poppets Coffee. You may have seen them in the Market in 2022, when they set up as an outdoor vendor and quickly became a hit with visitors. Poppets Coffee offers personally roasted coffee blends, along with a variety […]

Five Rivers MetroParks earned two awards at the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association’s annual conference. The Annual Awards of Excellence honor parks and recreation districts across the state, with 24 different park and recreation agencies receiving an award this year.  MetroParks’ Rangers took home the first place in the Law Enforcement Programs and Events category […]

Both love and Superbowl fever are in the air this weekend. We know most people are planning some indoor time to watch the big game, so make sure you plan a little quality outdoor time with your valentine this weekend, too. If you are in need of a few quick, affordable ideas to impress your […]

The new year has many people feeling the pressure to improve their lives by adopting new habits. “New Year, new you,” is the common trope associated with resolutions, although studies show that 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail. So, rather than “new year, new you,” perhaps think, “new year, new habits” — and look to […]

Each year, Five Rivers MetroParks protects over 16,000 acres giving access to nature to over 3.5 million visitors annually, with a cost of approximately $108 per acre to maintain. The Five Rivers MetroParks Foundation partners with MetroParks to ensure critical funding for special projects and programs that go beyond levy dollars. Thanks to generous donors, […]

As the greenery of summer leaves and gives way to the colors of autumn and winter, we can tend to pull back from our engagement with nature. But to the contrary, autumn and winter provide a plethora of opportunities to explore nature — and, at Five Rivers MetroParks, your artistic side. From photography to arts […]

Drop off lights at one of six locations and support the Five Rivers MetroParks Foundation. Starting Dec. 1, Five Rivers MetroParks and Cohen Recycling are making the holidays greener by providing bins at seven MetroParks locations where residents can drop off holiday lights to be recycled. Recycling these lights supports MetroParks’ conservation mission, and Cohen […]

Agency hired executive search firm to conduct nationwide search for new leader Five Rivers MetroParks Chief Executive Officer Rebecca Benná announced today she plans to retire from her position in spring 2023. Benná has led the organization since March 2011 and has worked in public service for over 40 years. The Board of Park Commissioners […]

Five Rivers MetroParks will host of Dayton’s favorite cultural festivals this August and September. The Dayton African American Cultural Festival will kick off on Saturday, Aug. 20 at Island MetroPark, 101 E Helena St., Dayton. From noon to 8 p.m. visitors can enjoy family-friendly activities, vendors, food, entertainment and live music, all of which celebrates […]

MetroParks Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience is Oct. 1 and Oct. 2 Explore the active side of Dayton with the return of the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience, a Five Rivers MetroParks event featuring two days of outdoor adventure that celebrates Dayton as the Outdoor Adventure Capital of the Midwest. The festival is held at Eastwood MetroPark […]

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