Five Rivers Metroparks

An overgrown field was a golf course not long ago.
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Since the recession, more than 100 golf courses have closed each year in the U.S., but what happens to all that green? Turns out some golf courses are going even greener: they're getting "re-wilded."

In a dry, overgrown field of thistles and goldenrod, Michael Enright, the conservation manager with Five Rivers MetroParks, explains that not too long ago, this was a trim, manicured golf course called Larch Tree.

“I’ve been to Africa several times and it reminds me of the savannah there when I look out across it,” said Enright.

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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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.

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.

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

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.

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated today on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

Five Rivers Metroparks will host a variety of R&B acts to help you dance your way through these hot summer months.  The show will take place on Friday June 14, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair for seating. All are welcome to attend!

On Sunday, The Dayton International Peace Museum presents “Iran: Yesterday and Today.” which includes a Rick Steves Public TV video and a local expert.  This is Sunday at 2:00pm

The World-A-Fair....Food!  Dancing!  Music!  Costumes!  Cultural Exhibits!  Showcasing the ethnic backgrounds and cultures of Dayton and the greater Miami Valley. Friday, Saturday & Sunday at the Convention Center.

Saturday, join the Walk/Run in support of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton to benefit all of their furry friends.  Your on-leash pet is welcome to participate too, in what is sure to be a barking good time.

Photo courtesy of Kristen Wicker

Urban Nights in downtown Dayton is tonight…100+ locations including the Oregon District, & the Wright-Dunbar Business Village; 5 - 10pm tonight… Don't miss one of the best nights to be downtown!

Enjoy award-winning, modern bluegrass as one of the newest bands in bluegrass opens, Friday, at The Masonic Center, It’s Bluegrass Tymes II at 8pm.

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