Welcome To The City of Bryan, Ohio

Bryan Ohio


Parks & Recreation Department

1399 East High Street
Second Floor
Bryan, Ohio 43506





Bryan is blessed with many parks and continues to grow in acreage and facilities.


Recreation Park

(78 acres)


Garver Park

(13.2 acres) est. (1909)


Moore Park

(11 acres) est. 1937


Mattie Marsh Park

(1 acre) est. 1954


Hitt Park

(1 acre) est. 1956


Roseland Park

(8 acres) est. 1970


East End Park

(33.3 acres) est. 1976


Fountain City Park

(7.7 acres) est. 1991


Central Park

(.25 acre) est. 1997


Israel Gardens Butterfly Park

(.50 acre) est. 1997  


Maple Grove Park

(10 acres) est. 1999


Click here for map of parks



Parks & Recreation Department Staff

Bryan Park Board









































































































































Welcome to the Bryan Parks

and Recreation  Department


 "The Greeks built an Acropolis - And Noah built an Ark 

The Russians built a Sputnik  But Bryan built a Park" 

(Bryan Times, 1957)

The Benefits of Parks and Recreation is truly endless!

Mission Statement:

To create strong ties within the Bryan community in order to achieve diverse leisure experiences, to preserve and utilize the natural beauty of our environment, and to enhance the quality of life.



Bryan Parks & Recreation Preschool

We will soon be enrolling children for the 2019-2020 school year.  Classes will begin in August.  Call the Parks and Recreation Office at 419-633-6030 to get your child registered or with any questions you may have.


Come join the program that has been preparing our children for Kindergarten for 30 plus years.

Classes offered:
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (4 and 5 year olds)
8:30 AM-11:30 AM or 12:30 PM-3:30 PM
Tuesday and Thursday (3 and 4 year olds)
9:30AM-11:30 AM or 12:30 PM-2:30 PM










Adult Walking Program

  With winter putting a halt to many outdoor activities, we encourage area adults to sign up for this great opportunity, the Community Adult Walking Program.  Thanks to the Bryan City Schools and the Bryan Parks and Recreation Department, you have the opportunity to walk the halls of the Bryan Elementary School.  This activity is for adults 18 years and older only.   Please carry in the shoes that you are planning to walk in; it is important to keep the halls dry and safe.  This is a free activity.  Please sign up in the Parks and Recreation Department office to receive your WALKING PASS.  Everyone must have a Walking Pass.  Enter the Elementary School at the Commons entrance.  Walking will be cancelled when schools are closed for bad weather or holidays.  Walking begins on Tuesday January 8th, and is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7:00-8:00 PM.  The Adult Walking Program will continue through Thursday, March 14th.  Come walk with us and get some exercise during the winter!


Veraflow Class

Veraflow: Dance, stretch and find your true flow in this class like no other you have ever experienced.  Find your true flow in body and mind as you stretch your body and train your mind to the rhythm of music. Stretching helps to maintain your range of motion allowing you to go about your everyday life free of hindrances. You will become more in tune with your body and your body confidence will improve. Your muscles will be strengthened yet relaxed and loose.  VeraFlow is just what you need to feel completely relaxed and content.  Mindfulness teaches you to be aware of the here and now, to enjoy this moment and to avoid the anxiety of worrying about the past and future. Mindfulness uses practical exercises to benefit anyone suffering from stress on a physical, mental and emotional level. This is you time. Time out of your day to get a clear head, to get focused on the here and now and to get in control.  Dress comfortably. Shoes are optional. Bring a mat if you have one.  Classes will be held on Thursdays at 7:00 in the Community Center starting January 17th.  Fee is 11 nights for $20.00, or $10.00 for 5 nights.  Instructor is Ashley Kendall .  See a preview at veraflow.com


Yoga Class

     The Bryan Parks & Recreation Department and instructor Dawn Davis will be offering Yoga Classes this Fall at the Community Center.  Yoga is a great way to calm your mind and relieve stress, while increasing your flexibility, strength, and balance.  You’re sure to learn something new, and at the same time, get rid of that stress you’ve built up throughout the day.  Standing, seated, and lying down stretches are included in this class, ending with a deep relaxation.  All fitness levels are welcome in this class.  Bring a towel or mat to class.  This class has a maximum of 18 so please register early by calling 419-633-6030.  Classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays starting January 28th, from 5:30-6:15 P.M.  Five weeks (ten lessons) cost just $25.00. 

Church Co-Ed Volleyball League

The Parks & Recreation Dept. will again sponsor a Coed Church Volleyball League this winter.  This league is open to all area churches with preference given to last year’s teams and those churches within the Bryan School District .  Rules include games of  2-out-of-3 wins to 25 points and a man-woman-man-woman lineup.  This is a non-competitive league with no referees and there is no league fee.  Games will be played in the Elementary School upstairs gym.  The league begins in February and runs through April.  Any church interested in having a team in the league should call the Recreation Dept. at 633-6030 for more information or to register a team on or before February 8th.



Cheerleading Camp

The Bryan Parks & Recreation Department and the Bryan High School cheerleaders will be offering a cheerleading camp to children preschool thru 4th grade.    This camp will introduce jumping and arm placement skills needed for cheerleading along with the basic motions.  You will then practice these skills through cheers and chants.  This camp will run two nights, Tuesdays & Thursdays, February 12th and 14th; 5:00-6:00 PM and follow up with cheering under the Saturday night lights with the Bryan Golden Bear Cheerleaders at the Basketball game on February 16th.  Classes will be held in the Bryan Elementary School upper gym.  There is a $20.00 fee for the classes which will include a T-shirt.  PLEASE pre-register by calling the Parks and Recreation Department at 419-633-6030.    



Children's Crafts & Activities


Children's craft and activity classes for ages pre-school and first grade.  Bryan Parks and Recreation has some fun planned for your children this winter!  They will start with crafts and end with a fun activity to get your children moving.  Have your child join instructor Courtney Powell so that they can have fun making crafts and meeting new friends.  Each day will have a different theme; choose a couple or try them all.  Each participant may dress up for the theme of the day.  Fun for boys and girls.  Classes will take place in the East End Community Room (Parks & Recreation pre-school room). Class sizes are limited so please call the Parks and Recreation Department (419-633-6030) to reserve your Childs spot; join one class for $10.00 or all six for $50.00.  Classes will be held on Saturdays from 10:00-11:00 AM; dates and themes for each Saturday are listed below.


 February 2nd = Pirates                              March 2nd = Unicorns

 February 16th = Mermaids                        March 9th = Superheroes

 February 23rd = Dinosaurs                        March 16th = Princesses




Be My Valentine Party


(Ages 4-8) This class will have a lot of heart-filled activities planned and Holly Gambler, the instructor, would like to have you join her.  There will be Valentine crafts, heart games, and you will even get to decorate your own special, yummy Valentine treat. This Valentine class will be held on Thursday, February 13th from 6:30-7:30PM in the East End Community Room with a cost of $10.00; which includes all of the material needed. This class has a maximum of twelve and may fill up fast, so register early by calling the Parks and Recreation Department at 419-633-6030.






Children's Arts & Crafts 


Parks and Recreation Departments children's arts and crafts class for children in 2nd - 5th grades.  Let your child’s creativity flow and make some cool crafts!  Children will have an opportunity to make fun, hands-on art projects instructed in a way that encourages self-expression.  Instructor Courtney Powell will bring out the artist in your child on Thursday, February 28th from 6:00-7:00PM in the East End Community Room (Parks & Rec. Pre-School Room).  Fee is $10.00 per child and please be sure to call the Parks and Recreation office (419-633-6030) to register so that we will be sure to have plenty of supplies for everyone.











2nd - 10:00 Children's Pirates Crafts & Activities

12th  - Cheerleading Camp Begins 

14th - 6:00 Be My Valentine Party

16th - 10:00 Children's Mermaid Crafts & Activities

22nd - Church Co-Ed Volleyball Entries Due  

23rd - 10:00 Children's Dinosaurs Crafts & Activities

28th - 6:00 Children's Arts & Crafts 



2nd - 10:00 Children's Unicorns Crafts & Activities

9th - 10:00 Children's Superheroes Crafts & Activities

12th - 6:00 Children’s Arts & Crafts

16th - 10:00 Children's Princess Crafts & Activities

18th - 5:30AM PiYo Live Class, Session II Begins

18th - 8:00 Lifeguard Training Begins

19th - 5:00 Core De Force Class, Session II Begins

30th - 4:30 Girls Softball Registration Ends



13th -10:00 Easter Egg Hunt @ Bryan Elementary Sch.

21st - Happy Easter

25th - Tree Bagging at the Ice Rink

26th - Arbor Day Program








Fall Brochure 2018   






Sports Websites

Bryan Baseball Association - www.bryanlittleleague.com

Bryan Softball Association - bgsa.activesports.com

Bryan Soccer Association - bryanohsports.com

Bryan Swim Team Association - bryanswimteam.com











Bryan City Arborist


The City Arborist is responsible for the maintenance and care of public trees in the city of Bryan.  This includes park trees, street trees, terrace trees, and public trees located in the city right of way or on city property.  The arborist also serves as a source of information about trees to the citizens of Bryan.





Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Can I trim a tree located in the terrace or right of way bordering my property?


A. Most trimming is done by the City Arborist or Utility Department, however with the permission of the City Arborist a qualified tree service may be allowed to trim.  Trimming requests should be directed to the Parks Department at 419-633-6030 or by email to cgoshia@cityofbryan.com.


Q. Can I plant a tree in the terrace or right of way bordering my property?


A. Yes, tree species and location must be approved by the City Arborist to meet tree ordinance requirements.


Q.  Why are all the ash trees in the area dying?


A.   Almost all ash trees in northwest Ohio have been infested with Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an exotic pest from China.  Treatment with insecticide is possible, but most must be applied annually and are only effective if started before a tree is heavily infested.  Follow this link for more information. http://www.emeraldashborer.info/files/Multistate_EAB_Insecticide_Fact_Sheet.pdf


Q.  What about the new bug I’ve heard about that attacks maples and other types of trees?


A. The Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) was  found in the Bethel ,Ohio area in 2011 and has resulted in the removal of thousands of trees in that area in an attempt to contain this destructive pest.  Unlike the ash borer, which only feeds on ash trees, ALB is known to attack many species of trees.  For more information go to:  http://beetlebusters.info/


Q. What are the best trees to plant in this area?


A. Choosing the best tree for a particular location depends upon many factors: the amount of space available (height, spread, and soil space for roots), the purpose (shade, screening, ornamentation, wildlife habitat), soil type, moisture requirements, maintenance needs, and resistance to insects and diseases.  Some of the best trees for our area are listed below.  For more information go to: http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/1000/1082.html





Small species 15-30’    
Amur Maple - Acer ginnala Paperbark Maple Acer griseum Japanese Maple - Acer palmatum
Tatarian Maple - Acer tataricum Serviceberry - Amelanchier spp Eastern Redbud - Cercis Canadensis
Hawthorn - Crataegus spp. Magnolia - Magnolia spp. Flowering Crabapple - Malus spp.
Japanese Tree Lilac - Syringa reticulata    
Medium species 30-45’    
Hedge Maple - Acer campestre River Birch - Betula nigra Hornbeam - Carpinus spp.
Katsuratree  - Cercidiphyllum japonicum Goldenraintree - Koelreuteria paniculata Black Gum - Nyssa sylvatica
American Hophornbeam - Ostrya virginiana Callery pear - Pyrus calleryana Sawtooth Oak - Quercus acutissima
Lacebark Elm - Ulmus parvifolia    
Large species more than 45’    
Norway Maple - Acer platanoides Red Maple  - Acer rubrum Sugar Maple - Acer saccharum
American Beech - Fagus grandifolia Ginkgo - Ginkgo biloba Honeylocust - Gleditsia triacanthos
Kentucky Coffeetree - Gymnocladus dioicus Sweetgum-  Liquidambar styraciflua Tuliptree - Liriodendron tulipifera
White Oak - Quercus alba Swamp White Oak - Quercus bicolor Shingle Oak - Quercus imbricaria
Bur Oak - Quercus macrocarpa Red Oak - Quercus rubra Shumard Oak - Quercus shumardi
Japanese Pagoda Tree - Sophora japonica American Linden - Tilia americana Baldcypress - Taxodium distichum
Littleleaf Linden - Tilia cordata Silver Linden - Tilia tomentosa Elm Ulmus spp.- Dutch Elm resistant types
Japanese Zelkova  - Zelkova serrata    


Bryan Tree Commission

The Bryan Tree Commission is responsible for developing a comprehensive plan for the care, preservation, and maintenance of trees and shrubs in the parks, along streets, and in other public areas. The Tree Commission consists of five citizens appointed by the mayor and the City Arborist. Ad hoc members include, one council representative, the Parks and Recreation Director, Director of Utilities and/or representative, and the Street Commissioner and/or representative. Anyone interested in serving on the Tree Commission may call the Parks office at 419-633-6030 for more information.


Interesting Tree Links:

Arbor Day Foundation

Ohio DNR Urban Forestry

International Society of Arboriculture

Ohio Big Trees

USDA Forest Service

What Tree is it?

Tree Identification




Bryan, Ohio  43506 

Phone: 419-633-6030

 Email: parks-rec@cityofbryan.com


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