The 440-foot long Deeds Point Pedestrian Bridge that connects RiverScape MetroPark in downtown Dayton to Deeds Point park on the north side of the Great Miami River is now open. The bridge serves as a key connection as it is located at the nexus of the Dayton region’s more than 350 miles of connected trails – the nation’s largest paved trail network. “Connections such as the bridge are critical to maintaining that paved trail network, which make it fun and easy for Dayton-area residents and visitors to enjoy a healthy, active outdoor lifestyle,” said Carrie Scarff, the Five Rivers MetroParks chief of planning and projects. The original bridge, built in 2003, had been closed in 2019 because of interior rusting from the nearby Five Rivers Fountain of Lights. The estimated life span of the new, $2.8 million dollar bridge is 75 years. The new bridge was made possible by partnerships with the City of Dayton, Montgomery County, the Ohio Department of Transportation, and the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission.
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