April 23 2020

Discover A New Park In The Dayton Region

Notice crowds in your favorite MetroPark? The wealth of natural spaces, trails, paved trails, riverways and park districts in our region ensures there’s plenty of greenspace to go around.

With numerous closures due to COVID-19, families have headed to parks and trails in large numbers. In fact, Ohio has a seen a 117% increase in park visitation since the state’s stay-at-home order began. Large crowds at parks make it challenging to maintain the CDC’s recommended 6-foot social distancing guidelines, which are critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19.

If you pull into your favorite MetroPark, neighborhood or city park and the lot is full or you see crowds, be flexible and consider visiting a different park destination. Doing this will help keep fellow parkgoers and park staff safe.

BEFORE YOU GO

Many park districts and municipalities have closed specific parks, trails and amenities, such as restrooms, water fountains, playground equipment and more. You may need to carry out all your trash, including dog waste. Before you visit, call or visit each park’s website to ensure your destination is open and learn how to prepare for your visit.

If you’re heading to a “lesser-visited” Five Rivers MetroPark, plan ahead by visiting metroparks.org/COVID-19.

REGIONAL STATE PARKS

Hours for *most parks are 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and parking is limited.

Public restrooms, cabins, campgrounds, playgrounds, golf courses and more are closed. Additionally, Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve Visitor Center (Erie County), Hocking Hills State Park and the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area are closed. To learn more, visit the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ operations page.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY PARKS

Phone: 937-225-4661. Open during daylight hours.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY BARK PARK: 6794 Webster St.

Phone: 937-898-4457. Open during daylight hours.

This six-plus acre off-leash dog park is located next to Montgomery County’s Animal Resource Center, at the corner of Webster Street and Wyse Road. Review the Bark Park rules before visiting.

GREENE COUNTY PARKS & TRAILS

Phone: 937-562-6440. Hours of parks vary; visit each park page for additional information.

All restrooms, playgrounds and campsites are closed. Some sites, such as Narrows Reserve, are closed. View a full list of closures.

CITY OF DAYTON PARKS

Phone: 937-333-8400. Parks are open during daylight hours.

Playgrounds and basketball courts are closed. Prepare for limited access to public restrooms and water fountains. Learn more about guidelines for using the city of Dayton’s parks here.

  • DeWeese Park: 2600 DeWeese Parkway
  • Triangle Park: 2500 Ridge Ave.
  • Belmont Park: 957 Lynhurst Ave.
  • Burkham Park: 679 S. Broadway St.
  • Burns Jackson Park: 552 Buckeye St.
  • Cleveland Park: 3200 Cleveland Ave.
  • Cottage Hill Park: 3222 Harvard Blvd.
  • Dayton View Park: 600 Edgewood Ave.
  • Five Oaks Park: 300 Five Oaks Ave.
  • Highview Hills Park: 3610 Palmerston Ave.
  • Jane Newcom Park: 1198 Tudor Rd.
  • Kettering Field: 444 N. Bend Blvd.
  • MacIntosh Park: Edwin C. Moses Boulevard at West Riverview Avenue
  • Mallory Park: Germantown Street at Burwood Avenue
  • McCabe Park: 3200 Home Ave.
  • Nordale Park: Nordale Avenue at Enterprise Avenue
  • Walnut Hills Park: 2361 Wayne Ave.
  • Welcome Park: 801 Hopeland St.
HUBER HEIGHTS PARKS

Phone: 937-237-5836. Parks are open during daylight hours.

VANDALIA PARKS

Phone: 937-890-7709. Parks are open during daylight hours.

The Vandalia Recreation and Senior Centers and playgrounds are closed. Learn more about additional closures.

ENGLEWOOD PARKS

Phone: 937-836-5929. Hours vary, but most parks are open during daylight hours.

The city offices are closed. Playgrounds, restrooms and recreation centers, such as the Kleptz YMCA, may be closed. View the city of Englewood’s Bikeways and Recreation brochure.

RIVERSIDE CITY PARKS

Playgrounds, playscapes, shelters, restrooms and water fountains may be closed. Hours at parks vary. Visit the city of Riverside’s website for more information.

CENTERVILLE-WASHINGTON PARK DISTRICT

Phone: 937-433-5155. Parks and trails are open during daylight hours.

Parks are open for walking, running and cycling. Playgrounds, basketball courts, pickleball courts, tennis courts, the sand volleyball court, the skate park, the dog park, outdoor fitness equipment and restrooms (including portables) are closed.

View a complete list of Centerville-Washington Park District locations.

Parks with walkable trails:

CITY OF KETTERING PARKS

Phone: 937-296-2400. Parks are open during daylight hours.

All playgrounds, basketball courts, pickleball courts at J.F. Kennedy Park, tennis courts at Ernst Park, the BMX track and sand volleyball courts at Delco Park, and the Rob Dyrdek/DC Skate Plaza in Indian Riffle Park are closed. For more information on the city of Kettering’s closures click here. For an interactive map of the city of Kettering’s parks and amenities click here.

CITY OF MIAMISBURG PARKS

Phone: 937-866-8999. Parks are open during daylight hours.

The skate park, playgrounds and play equipment are closed. For more information on closures, click here. For a map and complete list of trails and amenities in Miamisburg click here.

BELLBROOK SUGARCREEK PARKS DISTRICT

Phone: 937-848-3535. Parks are open during daylight hours.

Playgrounds, restrooms, tennis courts and basketball courts are closed. For more information, click here.

BRUKNER NATURE CENTER: 5995 Horseshoe Bend Rd., Troy

Phone: 937-698-6493. Brukner Nature Center’s trails are open during daylight hours.

The Interpretive Building is closed. No pets are allowed. View Brukner Nature Center’s trail map.

WOODLAND CEMETERY & ARBORETUM: 118 Woodland Ave., Dayton

Phone: 937-228-3221. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The mausoleum is locked during the week to people who aren’t there to visit loved ones and closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Learn more about connecting with nature at Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum.

PARKS WITHOUT PLAYGROUNDS

Families with young children may be challenged with keeping them away from playgrounds while they are closed. For a complete list of area parks without playgrounds, visit this Dayton Parent Magazine blog.

Did we miss one of your favorite local parks? Let us know by contacting marketing@metroparks.org.

Always follow the CDC’s recommendations, such as social distancing, when spending time outdoors. For more information and to learn how you can safely use area parks and trails, visit metroparks.org/COVID-19. Stay up-to-date on alerts, closures and ways to get outside by following MetroParks on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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