Five Rivers Metroparks

Around the Miami Valley
12:06 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Five Rivers MetroParks Helps Develop New National Guidelines For "Nature Play"

Hills and Dales Park Manager, Todd Catchpole stands next to a sign marking the one of the many entrances into the Nature Play Area that have been created to give neighbors easy access to the park.
Credit Jerry Kenney

Dayton’s Five Rivers MetroParks played a key role in developing a new set of national guidelines aimed at helping communities create natural, outdoor play areas for children. The report, Nature Play & Learning Places: Creating and Managing Places Where Children Engage with Nature, released last month by the National Wildlife Federation, features the children’s park at Hills and Dales Metropark.

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The Economy & Business
4:39 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

New Bike Trail Branches Open Near Austin Landing

The ribbon has been cut at Medlar Bikeway in Miami Township.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

A new branch of southwest Ohio’s bikeway system has opened in Miami Township, linking the Great Miami River Bikeway to Austin Boulevard near I-75. The bike trails are part of a regional vision for economic development.

At the blustery ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Medlar Bikeway, officials from Montgomery County, Miamisburg, Miami Township and Five Rivers Metroparks cheered and posed for pictures.

Steve Stanley, head of the Montgomery County Transportation Improvement District, said cycling options support economic growth.

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Around the Miami Valley
6:35 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Southwest Ohio River Recreation Project Underway

Work has begun on a new river recreation project in southwest Ohio.

What will be known as Mad River Run in Dayton is expected to draw kayaks and canoes. It will feature a 2,100-foot whitewater stretch that includes a drop, with more drops planned when funds become available.

The Dayton Daily News reports that Five Rivers MetroParks says the project includes conservation measures, with bank stabilization work.

The first phase of construction is funded in part by a $100,000 Dayton Rotary Club donation.

Around the Miami Valley
10:35 am
Mon August 5, 2013

WYSO Weekend: August 4, 2013

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for August 4, 2013 including the following stories:

- Officials Differ On Emergency Phone Alert During Yellow Springs Standoff, by Emily McCord

- Cityfolk Cancels 2014 Season, by Jerry Kenney

- Wildlife Boom in Local MetroParks, by Community Voices producer Ron Rollins

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Around the Miami Valley
8:04 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Southwest Ohio Bikeway Set for Opening

A bikeway that will connect Wright-Patterson base with downtown Dayton is ready for launch.

Completion of the 3.6-mile Mad River Bikeway extension will link with 330 miles of regional bikeway paths while connecting the base.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the grand opening will be June 21 at the Eastwood MetroPark parking lot, with a group ride following.

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