Public input sought for MetroParks plans

The RiverScape River Run officially opened downtown on the Great Miami River on Friday, May 5, 2017. CONTRIBUTED BY FIVE RIVERS METROPARKS

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The RiverScape River Run officially opened downtown on the Great Miami River on Friday, May 5, 2017. CONTRIBUTED BY FIVE RIVERS METROPARKS

Open houses part of 10-year master plan effort.

Five Rivers MetroParks officials are asking the community to review and comment on draft site plans for five of its park locations during open houses in May and June.

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The community is also invited to vote on the names of two Five Rivers MetroParks’ future park destinations, located at Medlar conservation area and the former Larch Tree golf course/Wetland Mitigation Bank.

Each open house will start with a presentation about the site’s draft plan to be followed by an informal question-and-answer session. Additionally, all four site draft plans will be available to view at each open house. People are welcome to stop in at any time.

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Thursday, May 11: Public presentation and open house for Eastwood MetroPark 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Comfort Suites Wright Patterson, 5200 Huberville Ave.

Monday, May 15: Former Larch Tree Golf Course and the Wetland Mitigation Bank 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Trotwood Library Branch, 651 E. Main St. This open house will also allow the public also will have the opportunity vote on the names of two future MetroParks.

Monday, May 22: Public presentation and open house for Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark Auditorium: 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.

Thursday, June 1: Public presentation and open house for Englewood and Aullwood Garden MetroPark 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Aullwood Nature Center Auditorium: 1000 Aullwood Road.

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Those who cannot attend scheduled open houses can review and comment on the draft site plans online starting May 11. Visit www.metroparks.org/planning to provide feedback, review draft site plans and vote on future park names. Feedback also can be provided to Five Rivers MetroParks by contacting at 937-275-PARK (7275) or email@metroparks.org through June 30.

The draft site plans are the next step in implementing Five Rivers MetroParks’ 10-year comprehensive master plan and are based on citizen feedback, which was collected via surveys and during open houses held last fall. These five park destinations are the first phase, with additional park master plans now underway.

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