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. […]

Carolyn Kimes Tree Seedling Give-Away Kriste Fisher returns to the Market for the Carolyn Kimes Tree Seedling Give-Away on Saturday, April 20, 9 AM to 3 PM & Sunday, April 21, 11 AM to 3 PM.  Kriste Fisher and her mother Carolyn Kimes started giving away tree seedlings over 25 years ago. Since her mother’s […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Each individual experiences the outside world differently and brings a unique perspective on how to enjoy the natural world – a sentiment local mom and MetroParks human resources and volunteer manager Jenny Hymans often reminds those around her. What started with a tiny speck of light on an ultrasound turned into a long journey for […]

Five Rivers MetroParks has always been near and dear to the hearts of longtime Oregon District residents Katie and Russ Joseph. When their 15-year-old son, Eli, was born it became a family affair.    “One of our greatest memories was our first Bike to Work Day pancake breakfast with Eli at RiverScape MetroPark. He must have […]

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