RiverScape mural to be unveiled Thursday

The RiverScape River Run mural in downtown Dayton will be officially unveiled Thursday during an afternoon ceremony and the public is invited.

It’s happening at 4 p.m. at RiverScape MetroPark on Monument Avenue.

The nearly 1,000-foot mural is painted on the northern floodwall facing RiverScape. Artist Amy Deal designed the mural, which depicts activities along the river including bicycling, hiking and paddling.

The event will include officials from the Downtown Dayton Partnership, Miami Conservancy District, the CareSource Foundation, Cox Media Group Ohio, and the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.

Construction of the $4 million RiverScape River Run project has already begun. Contractors are now removing a portion of the top of the Monument Avenue low dam.

That will lower river levels and leave the dam’s foundation in place. The foundation will be used to anchor a line of limestone bounders placed from riverbank to riverbank that will include fast-water passages for kayaks and canoes.

When the Monument Avenue dam finishes, contractors will begin work upriver to construct a second dam-like structure with limestone boulders that have similar passages - one with fast water for expert boaters, the other with slower flow for the less experienced.

When the water level drops, it will expose fresh water mussels that live in the river. Five Rivers MetroParks has a team of volunteers at the ready to collect and remove the endangered mussels so that they can be relocated in a safe part of the river.

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