This small urban park is situated on a high bank above the Great Miami River. Its walkways are filled with stunning views of the city's skyline that change with the light of day.
Prairie plantings and wildflowers draw in wildlife from the adjacent river habitat and make the park a serene spot for relaxing. Catch a glimpse of the large and graceful blue herons that frequent the area. Watch the Wolf Creek spill into the Great Miami up close from the paved river walkway at the foot of the stairs.
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Sunrise features landscape garden beds with native plants such as little bluestem, purple coneflower and oxeye sunflower to attract the birds, butterflies and other urban wildlife.
The park borders the city of Dayton “Friendship Park,” on the banks of the Great Miami River, which pays homage to the Dayton Sister Cities Program. For visitors, it may be difficult to tell where one park starts and the other ends. Both are worth a visit!
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ADA accessibility is limited to immediate areas of the paved sidewalks. There are no restroom facilities at this location.
MetroParks partnered with the Sinclair Foundation to create a small wildlife observation area in the park, adding interpretive signs to aid visitors in viewing urban plant and animal life.
RTA Bus Route 9
Take Route 9 north on Main Street through downtown to Riverview Avenue and Edwin C. Moses Boulevard. The park is across from this intersection.
The park is accessible by foot or bike on the Great Miami River and Wolf Creek trails.
The park opened as Sunrise MetroPark in 2001 and is intended to be a Wildlife Observation Area.It is a designated “natural” area planted with native southwestern Ohio trees, shrubs, prairie plants and other perennials.These native plantings draw wildlife for either food or shelter.
The park sits at the confluence of Wolf Creek and the Great Miami River, making it a popular spot for birds to feed as they gather in open water areas.
Sitting on the benches overlooking the river, a visitor could see a large variety of wildlife, birds and fowl, including a preponderance of Canada geese.
Both the Great Miami River and Wolf Creek offer fishing opportunities at Sunrise MetroPark. Bass, bluegill, catfish and carp can be caught in these waterways. An Ohio fishing license is required.
This area supports incredible wildlife diversity, including riverine invertebrates, turtles and the yellow-crowned night heron, which nests in only a few places in Ohio.
It is an excellent place to watch waterfowl, night herons, gulls and sometimes bald eagles and ospreys.
Geocaching is an activity combining technology and nature, using global positioning system (GPS) devices to search for and find “caches” hidden throughout the world. Visit www.geocaching.com and search by location to get started. Then head out on an adventure to find the geocaches hidden in this park.
Private Fair Soldiers Monument, which now sits on an island on Main Street near Monument Avenue in downtown Dayton, was originally set at Monument and Main in 1884, but was moved to Sunrise Park on the west bank of the Miami River from 1948 to 1991. This statue was modeled for Civil War veteran George Washington Fair, a bricklayer born in Dayton in 1834.
Located at the juncture of Wolf Creek and the Great Miami River in Dayton, this small park is an excellent place to watch a surprising parade of wildlife including waterfowl, night herons, gulls and sometimes bald eagles and ospreys.
The aging Veteran’s Memorial Bridge over the Wolf Creek was replaced in 2010 as part of the city of Dayton’s citywide bridge replacement project. The new bridge features a span designed by RW Armstrong.Built by the Eagle Bridge Company, it includes an ornamental, neoclassic cable-stayed design with a V-shaped central tower and cables illuminated by LED technology. The new bridge replaces the classic concrete that was demolished in 2008 after 82 years of use. Architectural and historical elements of the old bridge have been saved and moved to the city of Dayton’s Friendship Park, which is adjacent to the south approach of the new bridge. Definitely a work of art in daylight and at night.
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Sunrise MetroPark is a tiny urban oasis conveniently located just north of downtown Dayton.