Part of the Every Trail MetroPark Challenge involves a visit to several Downtown Dayton parks. Rocky and I set out on a cold Saturday to take in the sights. We ended up hiking in several very interesting places: The 2nd Street Market, Deeds Point, Riverscape, Sunrise Park, and Island Metropark. Each spot was very unique and we had never visited Deeds Point or Sunrise before.
We began our adventure at the Second Street Market, which has changed a great deal since our last visit several years ago. It was very crowded with an atmosphere of arts and crafts and wonderful foods to try. A delight for me was a saxophone player grooving on some jazz close to one end of the market. Rocky and I took a seat and listened to this wonderfully smooth musician play some old tunes of the 40’s and 50’s. After some great music, we were able to avoid the temptations of pastries and breads while made our way down the road to Deeds Points.
Deeds Point MetroPark is located at the convergence of the Mad and Great Miami Rivers. This wonderful little area highlights a timeline of flight with plaques remembering major historical leaps of accomplishments, and a life-size statue of the Wright Brothers (Orville, Wilbur, and Dave). The park also has a monument to the Dayton Peace Accord that remembers the agreement for peace between Bosnia and Herzegovina struck in Dayton, Ohio on November 21, 1995.
Rocky and I walked across a bridge, merged with the Buckeye Trail, and took a stroll over to RiverScape MetroPark. We hiked along the concrete path past the major concert hall/ice skating rink and then down along the river. Despite the cold wind, the day was bright and sunny. We continued to make a loop back to Deeds Park and our car.
We then drove to Island MetroPark. It is just a few miles north of RiverScape and is situated where the Stillwater River flows into the Great Miami. Rocky and I walked the paved loop around the bandshell remembering attending concerts when we lived just on the other side of Salem Avenue from the park. Again, the path merged with the Great Miami River Bike Path, also the Buckeye trail. The short hike was a nice stroll down memory lane for us, before we made our way to our final destination.
We completed our adventure at a spot we had never visited before, Sunrise MetroPark. It is a tiny urban walkway conveniently located just north of downtown Dayton along Edwin C. Moses Boulevard. It sits at the juncture of Wolf Creek and the Great Miami River and provides an excellent view of the city’s skyline. We even saw a heron down along Wolf Creek. On the far northeast end of the walkway is a memorial to the Bosnia Peace Talks. Perhaps the most interesting part for me was seeing the three stones from Bosnia and Herzegovina that have been incorporated into the memorial. They are building blocks and stones from historical buildings that were destroyed in the war. Both the American flag and the flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina are flying over the plaza.
Rocky and I had lots of fun visiting these historical and unique metroparks in the area. We would encourage you to take some time and check out these special places in Dayton.