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RiverScape River Run


RiverScape River Run: Get Out & Get In!

After a successful community fundraising effort and completing permitting, construction of RiverScape River Run is now underway. The in-river recreation improvement project will increase accessibility to the river and add vibrancy to the downtown area. Construction was kicked off on July 8, 2015, and the project is expected to take one year of in-river construction work to complete.

For the latest information on the RiverScape River Run project, please visit the project web page here.

Project Summary
RiverScape River Run is a critical project for our community and will make our downtown riverfront more accessible for the entire community. After the low dam is removed, a seven-mile paddling stretch will be opened up from Eastwood MetroPark to Carillon Park. In place of the dam, two smaller drops will be installed. These peninsulas will span the river and be notched with two openings where water will pass -- an easy pass-through for novice paddlers and a more challenging route for skilled paddlers.

This river configuration will create a long list of benefits for downtown Dayton and the region, including:

  • A safer river
  • Improved water quality and aquatic habitat
  • A place where everyone can connect with the river
  • A destination for free, active outdoor recreation
  • A dynamic downtown scene for residents, businesses and visitors
  • A regional recreation destination

An accompanying project, the River Run mural, will complement River Run and add beauty to the floodwall and downtown. More information on that project can be found here.

RiverScape River Run fundraising efforts are completed. We are so appreciative of everyone who contributed to this campaign. The Dayton community stepped up to raise the entire $4 million – thank you!

Major River Run Donors:

James M. Cox Foundation

The Dayton Foundation
Fifth Third Bank: Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trust
Greater Dayton RTA
Miami Conservancy District
Montgomery County
Premier Health Partners
Schiewetz Foundation
Sinclair Community College
Thompson Hine
Virginia Kettering Fund

Jack Adam Family Fund
The Connor Group
Danis Construction
The Dayton Power & Light Co.
Dr. Michael Ervin
Heidelberg Distributing Company
Iddings Foundation
Kettering Health Network
Mrs. Judy Lumby
Meadwestvaco Foundation
Messer Construction
Riazzi Asset Management, LLC
The Schade Group/Merrill Lynch
Charles and Ann Simms
Mr. & Mrs. Leon Whitney
The Zorniger Family Foundation

Click Here to See a Full List of Donors
Click Here to Read River Run Funding Annoucement