- The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy awarded the city of Dayton $15,000 for the acquisition of new bike trail space. The Doppelt Family Trail Development Fund aims to support the implementation of projects that build or enhance multi-use trails. A former rail corridor that starts near Wayne Avenue downtown will be transformed into the new trail, The Flight Line. The Flight Line would add six more miles to the existing 340 miles of trail space in the Miami Valley area and connect Dayton to Kettering.
- A new mural celebrating Dayton’s role in the funk music movement is coming to a currently bland railway overpass near the Oregon District. The 21-panel mural will liven up the area and connect some of downtown’s entertainment destinations including the Convention Center, the Oregon District, and the future Levitt Pavilion. Local artist Morris T. Howard will design nine of the panels. Youth in the HAALO program, a program created through K12 Gallery & TEJAS and the Montgomery County Juvenile Court, will help to paint the mural this summer, with a goal of completion by this September.
- Another mural will begin its first steps for application. A music-themed mural will be painted on the east side of the Oregon District Garage, facing the future Levitt Pavilion. The mural will have interactive features with a “selfie wall” and elements of the design spilling onto the sidewalk. The Dayton Visual Arts Center and the Downtown Dayton Partnership assembled the selection committee; K12 Gallery & TEJAS is painting the mural.
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