In Your Downtown, there are no time-outs
Get your blood pumping with sold-out Dayton Dragons games or adventure sports on the river and recreation trails. Downtown provides easy access to numerous recreation trails that are perfect for biking, jogging, inline skating, and walking. Looking for something a little more leisurely? Check out one of downtown’s parks or the public market.
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Parks & Recreation
Second & St. Clair Streets
Looking for some fresh air? Cooper Park provides green space for residents in the Cooper Lofts, Ice Avenue Lofts and Cooper Place, as well as visitors to the Dayton Metro Library. The park is also just a short walk from Fifth Third Field and RiverScape.
Dave Hall Plaza
Fourth & Main Streets
Dave Hall Plaza, which surrounds the Crowne Plaza Hotel, is located at Fourth & Main Streets. This beautiful park is the site of several summer music festivals and other community events. The park is named for Dave Hall, who served as Dayton City Commissioner from 1963 to 1965. In 1965 he was elected Mayor and served in that position until he retired from public service in 1970.
Dayton/Montgomery County Kids Corridor
The Dayton/Montgomery County Kids Corridor is your one-stop resource for great attractions, arts, culture, parks, recreation, events and learning opportunities offered in the area for children. Visit their Web site to find listings and descriptions for attractions throughout downtown and Dayton that will be sure to entertain kids. They've compiled information on everything from museums and the arts to nature trails and historic landmarks.
Downtown Dayton YMCA
316 N. Wilkinson Street
It’s time to get moving! The downtown YMCA is committed to keeping Dayton fit. The staff serves members through exercise and wellness programs, as well as numerous programs for kids and families. The downtown YMCA is also a place where kids of all ages can come to have fun and grow in spirit, mind and body.
Fifth Third Field
220 N. Patterson Blvd.
Play ball! Fifth Third is home to the Dayton Dragons, who were named number 10 on Sports Illustrated CNN.com’s “Ten Hottest Tickets” in all of sports in 2007. The state-of-the-art stadium features two party decks, picnic areas, a large video scoreboard, an upper deck, luxury suites, a team store, and plenty of fan-friendly concession stands and restrooms. The Dayton Dragons have shattered Minor League Baseball attendance records, averaging more than 8,000 fans per game, filling the park to 116% capacity.
2nd Street Market
600 E. Second Street
Discover the treasures of local vendors under one roof! The 2nd Street Market features many culinary artisans serving homemade soups, fresh salads, classic sandwiches and ethnic delights, plus handcrafted European pastries. There are 40 unique merchants featuring fresh flowers and produce, imported home décor, festive gift baskets, candies, original artwork, gourmet coffees, bulk spices, cheeses, meats and eggs. The Market is open Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
111 E. Monument Avenue
When you think of a place for family fun, RiverScape MetroPark tops the list! RiverScape is a park where people of all ages come to take paddleboat rides on the river, listen to live music, enjoy cultural festivals, and watch spectacular outdoor laser shows. It is also a place where both kids and adults can learn about Dayton’s history and the many inventions that were born here – including the cash register, the pop top can, and the Wright Brothers’ famous airplane. Festival Plaza, the centerpiece of RiverScape, features lovely flower gardens and reflecting pools and a playful, interactive fountain where kids can cool off on a hot summer day. In the winter, RiverScape transforms into a winter wonderland complete with an ice skating rink.
Did you know that downtown Dayton is part of more than 250 miles of paved recreation trail in five counties? Visit the Miami Conservancy District's Web site for maps of their trail routes.
The Great Miami River Recreation Trail
Could you use a break? Elevate your pulse and refresh your mind on Dayton’s Great Miami River Recreation Trail. Pick up the paved riverbank trail on its 8-mile downtown loop to enjoy stunning views of the Dayton skyline, view wildlife, or daydream along shady historic neighborhoods. For even more adventure, travel 21 miles south through natural areas and historic river towns or 13 miles north through several public parks.
The Wolf Creek Recreation Trail
To the west, follow Wolf Creek and you’ll pass within a block of the historic Wright-Dunbar Village and Aviation Heritage sites. This trail extends 3 miles to Wesleyan MetroPark.
The Mad River Recreation Trail
Head east through RiverScape MetroPark and arrive at Eastwood MetroPark, just 2.8 miles up the Mad River. Beyond Eastwood, you can make a seamless connection to the Creekside Trail. Travel further east the 15 miles to Xenia Station where you can connect to the Little Miami River Scenic Trail and the rest of the Greene County’s recreation trail system.