September 25 2020
MetroParks Landmark Bingo
Play Landmark Bingo this fall
How to play: Download and print your Bingo card, or transfer it to paper or another surface if you don’t have a printer. Check off boxes while visiting your Five Rivers MetroParks. Once you can create a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line by checking boxes, you win!
BONUS: See who can check off all the boxes on their card.
Hints, history and more to help you complete MetroParks Landmark Bingo
Find a stone bridge
Where: Eastwood MetroPark
Eastwood MetroPark is home to a picturesque stone bridge that visitors can walk over or paddle under.
River Run White Water Features
These human-made features offer an opportunity for paddlers to experience the excitement of whitewater. Not just for avid paddlers, there are opportunities for smooth-water paddling, in addition to fishing opportunities near the river runs. Be sure to always where a lifejacket when in or near the water.
Dayton Invention Station
Where: RiverScape MetroPark
There are six invention stations that create the Dayton Inventors River Walk. Art meets history in celebration of the numerous inventors who put Dayton on the map. Scructures and sculptures represent Dayton-based inventions, such as the automobile self starter, hydraulic jump, search engine, pop-top can, cash register and ice cube tray. Download MetroParks’ mobile app, powered by OuterSpatial, to take a self-guided tour of the Inventors Walk.
Railroad Bridge over Wolf Creek
Where: Wesleyan MetroPark
Popular scenic viewing spots include the pedestrian bridge over Wolf Creek and the paved trail beneath the railroad crossing. Head east on the Wolf Creek Trail and wind your way through historical West Dayton toward downtown.
1800s Farm Home
Where: Carriage Hill MetroPark
The Daniel Arnold House at the Carriage Hill Historical Farm is a period farmhouse featuring a wood stove, threadle machine for sewing and weaving, and much more. While the farmhouse is currently closed due to COVID-19, visitors can visit the grounds of the Carriage Hill Historical Farm and observe the buildings and farm animals. Download MetroParks’ mobile app, powered by OuterSpatial, to take a self-guided tour of the farm.
Where: Taylorsville MetroPark
This stone picnic shelter was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1938 and repaired by the CCC in 1989. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created the CCC as part of the New Deal. CCC hired unemployed American men between 18 and 25 years old to work on various government projects focused on road construction, flood control, reforestation and soil erosion.
Find a Waterfall
Where: Englewood MetroPark
The 3.8-mile green trail at Englewood MetroPark is home to Martinadale, Patty and Oaks falls. Be sure to hike to the most northern waterfall, Martindale Falls, and walk through the pumpkin ash and swamp forest, which will allow you to cross off the boardwalk Bingo square as well.
Remains of Tadmor Village
Where: Taylorsville MetroPark
The land where Taylorsville MetroPark now sits was once the site of the bustling town of Tadmor, one of the most important centers of transportation in early Ohio history. With all four means of transportation of the day within yards of each other, Tadmor was truly the crossroads of America.
Dam Built after 1913 flood
Where: Taylorsville, Germantown, Huffman and Englewood MetroParks
After the 1913 flood, legislation was passed that allowed the creation of regional agencies to provide flood protection for communities within the state. The Miami Conservancy District was created in 1915 and continues to be instrumental in protecting the region against flooding, which included the construction of dams in multiple locations that are now MetroParks.
Where: Cox Arboretum MetroPark
The Monet Bridge is a replica of the original Japanese bridge in the garden of Claude Monet, one of the founders of the impressionist movement. This bridge, constructed in 1988, is the perfect location for visitors to check out wildlife, including frogs, fish, turtles and more.
Osage Orange Tree Tunnel
Where: Sugarcreek MetroPark
This living tunnel was created by the large, arching branches of old Osage orange trees. These trees were originally planted in rows in the late 1800s to serve as farm fence in the days before barbed wire was available. Hike the 1.3-mile orange trail to experience the tunnel in the evening hours, when you might be able to spot an owl.
Where: Hills & Dales MetroPark
Visit a variety of Adirondack-style shelters at Hills & Dales MetroPark, including Paw Paw, Adirondack and Dogwood camps.
Where: Island MetroPark
In the late 19th century, Island MetroPark was know as the White City Amusement Park. The park had a dance pavilion, amusement rides, canoe lockers, a refreshment stand and other recreation features. In 1914, the park formally opened as Island MetroPark and was an ideal location for sunbathing, picnicking, canoeing, boating, dancing and more. The Leslie L. Diehl Band Shell was constructed in 1940. A popular destination, in 1943 an estimated 80,000 people attended concerts at the bandshell.
Where: Aullwood MetroPark
Build in 1920, the Aull House was home to John and Marie Aull. Marie Aull, who lived to be 105 years old, was one of the region’s most prominent conservationists and is considered the godmother of the local environmental movement. While the Aull House isclosed to the public, the beautiful garden grounds and trails are open to explore. Explore the beautiful grounds and trails to see the gardens the Aulls created.
Rose Garden Arbor
Where: Wegerzyn Garden MetroPark
The arbor opens to a garden featuring an assortment of beautiful roses and a mix of annuals, perennials, shrubs and vines. The traditional arbor is constructed of limestone and timber, beautiful throughout all the seasons.
Historical Boy Scout Camp
Where: Twin Creek MetroPark
The historical former scout camp, Camp Hook, sits at the southern end of Twin Creek MetroPark. Camp Hook was sold to MetroParks in 1996 after serving as a summer camp for 70 years. As a MetroParks facility, the camp continues to offer frontcountry and backcountry camping experiences for scouts and the public. Note: Front and backcountry camp sites are available but limited due to COVID-19. Learn more.
Memorial to Park’s Founder
Where: Hills & Dales MetroPark
Named for John. H Patterson, the Patterson Monument is located atop a vista where visitors can experience beautiful views – especially as the leaves turn colors. Patterson, who founded NCR, believed education, recreation and outdoor exercise were pillars of good health. This memorial to Patterson was erected in the 1920s and stands in the heart of Hills & Dales MetroPark to honor his leadership.
Wright Brothers Sculpture
Where: Deeds Point MetroPark
Deeds Point features Legacy Plaza, an aviation heritage site. The plaza includes two life-sized statues of Dayton’s own Wright brothers to commemorate the beginnings of human-powered aircraft. The statue captures Orville twisting a bicycle innertube box as Wilbur explains his scheme for warping wings. There is also an aviation timeline exhibit that serves as an ongoing reminder of the importance of the Wright brothers and Dayton to aviation history.
Where: Twin Creek MetroPark
Fort Carlisle is a winding, prehistoric hilltop fortification named after the nearby town of Carlisle. Archaeologists believe the first Americans built this earthwork 2,000 years ago as a ceremonial location for the Hopewell culture.
Find a Boardwalk
Often built over important habitats, such as wetlands, boardwalks can be found in many MetroParks and conservation areas. Spend time on the boardwalks and see what interesting plants, insects, birds and wildlife you can find.
Visit the Historical Farm at Carriage Hill MetroPark and the Possum Creek Farm to meet such animals as chickens, goats, sheep, rabbits and more. Due to COVID-19, both farms’ interior buildings are closed. However, the farm grounds are open to explore. Take self-guided tours of both farms using the MetroParks mobile app, powered by OuterSpatial.
Amazing view of downtown Dayton
There’s nothing like settling in along the riverfront for sweeping views of downtown Dayton – especially at sunrise and sunset!
Find a prairie
Where: Multiple MetroParks – check out the Germantown Pollinator Prairie, part of the conservation projected featured in the most recent issue of ParkWays.
Protecting more than 16,000 acres of land, Five Rivers MetroParks is home to an array of diverse habitats that are crucial to the local environment and wildlife. One such habitat — prairies — are complex ecosystems that contain specific plant and animal communities that are interdependent upon each other. Prairies are full of wildflowers that require pollination by an organism known as a pollinator to produce seeds. These flowers also produce nectar, which is consumed by pollinators to provide them with energy and nourishment.
Where: Possum Creek MetroPark
The history of some of the MetroParks includes a lesson in land use prior to urban sprawl and the imperative to conserve natural space. You can still see traces of the former Argonne Forest amusement park, such as street cars, pool, dance floor and more along the 3.5-mile orange trail or the 1.4-mile violet trail.
Five Rivers MetroParks visitors should always follow the CDC’s recommendations, particularly for social distancing and wearing face coverings, while spending time outdoors. For the most current information on MetroParks’ COVID-19 response and related closures, visit metroparks.org/covid-19 and follow Five Rivers MetroParks on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.