The article highlights the work of Five Rivers Metroparks in improving Dayton’s recreational amenities, including the addition of River Run as a kayaking destination on the Great Miami River near RiverScape.
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The article also highlights the bike trail network that spans more than 340 miles and connects the Dayton region to bikeways around the state, as well as conservation initiatives.
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The article also highlights the role Metroparks play in volunteerism and community connectivity.
“Its impressive community involvement also sets it apart. For the past decade, Five Rivers has offered locals everything from backpacking and horticulture classes to an annual outdoor festival and license-free fishing in trout-stocked ponds. In 2018, Five Rivers programs attracted more than a quarter million participants and locals contributed nearly a million dollars’ worth of volunteer hours,” according to the article.
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The birthplace of flight increasingly is becoming known as a good place to ride thanks to a new cycling tour, mountain bike park and bike lane additions. The Dayton region is home to the nations largest network of paved, off-street bike trails, and biking opportunities have taken off because of the Link bike-share program, Mikes indoor bike park and public infrastructure investments. But bicycling fanatics have more to be excited about because the Rotary Club of Dayton in September will host the inaugural Tour de Gem The Dayton Cycling Classic. Also, the city of Dayton is working to transform the underutilized Welcome Park near UD Arena into a mountain bike park that officials say will be unlike anything in the immediate area. "Bicycling has a deep history in the Dayton region and continues to be a quality of life amenity, economic driver and contributor in creating a healthy, active community," said Randy Ryberg, outdoor recreation coordinator for Five Rivers MetroParks. TY GREENLEES / STAFF