About This Plan
The Dayton Riverfront Plan focuses on the greater downtown’s four waterways and explores the tremendous potential our rivers have to enhance regional vibrancy, livability, and economic vitality over the next 20 years.
Working with various stakeholders, including residents in the neighborhoods, public institutions, as well as private entities, this Plan examines the nature of transitions between the city grid and waterways with an eye toward transforming those spaces into vibrant public places.
This master plan will:
- Explore quality open spaces in the downtown that transform our waterfronts to active, vital places where the entire community comes together.
- Promote our outstanding cultural assets, expand our quality outdoor recreation opportunities, and increase our connectivity anchored by our region’s remarkable trail network.
- This Plan also will enhance the environmental value of the river corridor through improved water quality and expanded natural habitat.
- Address community issues such as public health, social justice, flood protection, climate resilience, and accessibility—physical, visual, and perceptual.
- Ultimately, this Plan will serve as a community economic development tool, increasing downtown Dayton’s image as a destination and its attractiveness to a talented workforce and the innovative companies who will employ them.
The Dayton Riverfront Plan centers on the greater downtown. Four waterways, the Great Miami River, the Stillwater River, the Mad River, and the Wolf Creek, reach into diverse segments of our community and converge to connect some of our region’s greatest assets.
The study area extends along these waterways in all four directions of the compass for approximately three miles, each terminating in a park:
- North on the Miami and Stillwater Rivers to Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark
- East on the Mad River to Eastwood MetroPark
- South on the Great Miami River to Carillon Historical Park
- West on the Wolf Creek to Wesleyan MetroPark
The Dayton Riverfront Plan follows a 5-step, year-long planning process to engage extensive stakeholders in providing comprehensive input through a variety of methods. The process will include developing more specific site plans for selected parks in the study area.
Are you ready to participate and share your ideas?
Please get involved by taking our MyRiverfront survey and heading to our scheduled public events to learn more about this Dayton Riverfront Plan and how you can stay engaged.
Partners & Funders
Funding and working partners for this Dayton Riverfront Plan include: