Five Rivers MetroParks protects the region’s natural heritage and provides outdoor experiences that inspire a personal connection with nature. Named for the confluence of waterways running through the area (Great Miami, Stillwater, and Mad rivers, and the Twin and Wolf creeks), Five Rivers MetroParks focuses on three areas—conservation, recreation, and education—as part of its role as steward of greater Dayton’s public lands. Established in 1963 through the efforts of forward-thinking citizens concerned about preserving green space and natural areas, Five Rivers MetroParks has grown into a nationally renowned park system composed of natural area parks, gardens, sensitive river corridors, urban parks, and a network of bikeways. Educational programs and recreational opportunities are offered year-round for all ages, and diverse natural habitats are being protected and cared for today to assure their future existence. To learn more about Five Rivers MetroParks, log onto or call (937) 275-PARK (7275). Discover this Dayton Original and get out and live!