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Stakeholders matter: Dayton’s organizations have a say

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In addition to asking for the public’s opinion, planners of the Dayton Riverfront Plan have engaged diverse groups of community stakeholders who have close ties to the riverfront. These groups include local universities, businesses, nonprofit organizations, cultural institutions, clubs and more.

Three key segments stand out and each offers a unique perspective on what they hope for the future of Dayton’s river corridors.

Educational institutions: Both University of Dayton and Sinclair College have invested in the success of Dayton’s rivers. University of Dayton’s Rivers Institute empowers students to become stewards of our rivers. Sinclair College, which straddles the Great Miami River, engages the river in many diverse fields of study. Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School and facilities of Wright State University are located within the study area. Strengthening these institutions’ ties to the river and ensuring the river corridor enriches students’ lives are key to retaining these talented individuals in Dayton when they graduate.

Cultural institutions: Three of Dayton’s cultural icons stand along the rivers in greater downtown.  The Dayton Art Institute, Carillon Historic Park and the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery offer deep and rich dives into the history, art, and culture of Dayton. Elevating these quality-of-life amenities and tying them together through the riverways strengthens the corridor as a regional destination.

Outdoor recreation: As the Outdoor Adventure Capital of the Midwest, Dayton is thriving with clubs and nonprofit organizations focused on outdoor recreation—especially along the river corridors. Groups like Bike Miami Valley, Greater Dayton Rowing Association and Dayton Canoe Club provide exciting ways to live life outdoors, connect to nature and travel the corridor. The plan will seek to continue to enhance outdoor recreation amenities along the corridors.

Many other businesses, civic groups, cultural assets and environmental interests have been engaged to provide their perspective to Sasaki, the Dayton Riverfront Plan project consultants. To hear what they and your fellow Daytonians had to say about the Dayton Riverfront Plan, attend one of October’s public meetings. During these meetings, Sasaki will review their initial findings based on stakeholder and community input.

WEDNESDAY OCT. 25: DAYTON RIVERFRONT PLAN PUBLIC MEETINGS

6 to 8 p.m. at the Dayton Metro Library Northwest Branch, 2410 Philadelphia Dr.

THURSDAY OCT. 26: DAYTON RIVERFRONT PLAN PUBLIC MEETINGS

Noon to 2 p.m. and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Dayton Metro Library Community Room, 215 E. 3rd St.