RiverScape MetroPark Summer Season Begins
RiverScape MetroPark kicks off its summer season on Friday, and as part of Five Rivers MetroParks, the venue will host a number of music events, festivals, and fitness and health classes.
Sidney Gnann, facility program manager with Five Rivers MetroParks, says the venue is bringing families and the community together.
“That’s been a great front porch for the community. It’s a good community gathering place but we work to make sure it’s fostering a connection to the river. We use it to create opportunities for recreation and really make downtown Dayton a great place to come and visit.”
The first event at RiverScape is Friday night when the progressive bluegrass 'Pickin’ in the Park' series begins at 5pm.
Here is the full summer schedule provided by Five Rivers Metroparks:
Pickin’ in the Park features live, progressive bluegrass music under the RiverScape Pavilion, plus food trucks and a variety of craft beers. No registration is required for this free, all-ages event. This year’s line-up includes:
- Friday, May 8, 5 to 10 p.m.: Blue Caboose and Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle
- Friday, June 5, 6 to 10 p.m.: Hocking River String Band and The Appleseed Collective
- Friday, Aug. 7, 6 to 10 p.m.: Mad River Railroad and The Tillers
Fitness in the Park: Instructors will motivate everyone to wellness at this exercise party held most Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m.Participants should bring their own water bottles and towels or mats. Registration is requested, but not required. Free and for all ages. Classes vary between Zumba and yoga, so check online for the specific class schedule at metroparks.org/RiverScape.
Music @ Lunch: RiverScape MetroPark makes the perfect lunchtime destination. Free WiFi and books from the Dayton Metro Librarycart are also available. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday from May 11 through Sept. 25, as well as 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. most Saturdays from May 9 through Aug. 29.
R&B Hot Summer Music: Dancers can come move to the sounds of contemporary jazz and reggae rhythms. These free concerts are held on Fridays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Big Band Nights: These free concerts are held Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
- June 11, Bob Gray Orchestra
- June 25, Hal Harris Orchestra
- July 16, Barry Campbell and his Big Band with vocalist Pam Noah
- July 30, The Dayton Jazz Orchestra
- Aug. 13., Tom Daugherty Orchestra
Festivals: Returning to RiverScape MetroPark are such popular events as:
- Thursday, July 2 (5 to 10 p.m.): City of Dayton’s Lights in Flight Fireworks Show and Festival
- Friday-Sunday, July 24-26: United Irish of Dayton Celtic Festival
- Saturday, Aug. 15 (11 a.m. to 11 p.m.): Hispanic Heritage Festival
- Friday, Sept. 18 (5 to 10 p.m.) and Saturday, Sept. 19 (noon to 9 p.m.): Taste of Miami Valley
Bike and Accessory Rentals: RiverScape Rentals helps riders to explore our region’s more than 300 miles of bikeways — the nation’s largest paved trail network. RiverScape Rentals offers everything from cruisers to road bikes, tandems and child attachments (including trail-a-bikes, trailers and weehoos). Those interested can check out the rental rates and equipment, take a look at the bikeway map and use the Miami Valley Trails website to start planning a cycling adventure. Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Everyone is Invited to Check Out the Bike Hub! Riders can gain access to secure indoor bike storage, showers, lockers and restrooms.
The Fountain Snack Bar offers ice cream and other tasty treats from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
The Five Rivers Fountain of Lights and interactive fountain also will open Memorial Day weekend and remain open through Labor Day.
ABOUT FIVE RIVERS METROPARKS
Five Rivers MetroParks is a nationally renowned park system composed of natural area parks, gardens, high-quality river corridors, urban parks and a network of recreation trails, celebrating more than 50 years of preserving green space and natural areas. Five Rivers MetroParks protects the region’s natural heritage and provides outdoor experiences that inspire a personal connection with nature. Educational programs and recreational opportunities are offered year-round for all ages. To learn more about Five Rivers MetroParks, visit www.metroparks.org or call 937-275-PARK.