Parks & Recreation Department
1399 East High Street
Bryan, Ohio 43506
blessed with many parks and continues to grow in acreage and facilities.
(13.2 acres) est. (1909)
(11 acres) est. 1937
Mattie Marsh Park
(1 acre) est. 1954
acres) est. 1970
(33.3 acres) est. 1976
Fountain City Park
(7.7 acres) est. 1991
acre) est. 1997
Israel Gardens Butterfly Park
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
Greeks built an Acropolis - And Noah built an
The Russians built a
Sputnik But Bryan
built a Park"
(Bryan Times, 1957)
Benefits of Parks and Recreation is truly endless!
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 &
We are at This time enrolling children for the
2017-2018 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.
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
FALL Brochure is here!
TENNIS INSTRUCTION FOR BEGINNERS
ages 8-13 that are interested in learning tennis.
This program will be held on Garver tennis courts on Saturday, September
16th from 11:00-12:30.
The program is free, although we request that you call 419-633-6030 to
register so that we know how many will attend.
Glen Moser will instruct the group and give them a great start in their
Glen was the driving force behind the tremendous success of Johnson
County Community College tennis since taking over the program in the fall of
In his 36 seasons, Moser had over 1,300 wins in his career and that
success, combined with his longevity, made Moser one of
the winningest coaches in collegiate tennis.
Aside from his sterling win-loss record, Moser led his teams to a
combined 56 national tournament appearances, including 36 top ten finishes, and
22 Region VI titles.
Individually he coached 36 NJCAA All-Americans, 33 ITA All-Americans and
271 Region VI champions.
In 1992, he was selected by his peers as the recipient of the Herschel
Stephens Coaching Award, which recognizes outstanding service and dedication to
NJCAA Tennis Coaches Association.
In the spring of 2001, Moser received his coaches association’s highest
honor, as he was inducted into the NJCAA Men’s Tennis Hall of Fame a
t a banquet prior to the start of the 2001 NJCAA Men’s Tennis Championship.
Two years later, he earned induction into the NJCAA Women’s Tennis Hall
of Fame. Later
that year, Moser was honored as the Wilson ITA Women’s Coach of the year.
In 2014, his final season, Moser was selected as the 2014 Men’s Junior
College Coach of the Year by Wilson and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).
His women’s team won an academic national championship.
Moser has also been active on the national level of junior college
In May 2000, Moser was selected as vice president of the NJCAA Tennis
In May of 2002, he took over as President.
The Bryan Parks & Recreation Department and instructor Dawn Davis
will be offering Yoga Classes this Fall at the Community Center.
Five weeks (ten lessons) cost just $25.00.
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 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 September 18th,
from 5:30-6:15 P.M.
The Parks and Recreation Department is offering Mountain Dulcimer Lessons
this fall. Hauntingly
beautiful, the dulcimer is deeply rooted in the folk music heritage of our
country. Originating in the
in the early 1800’s, the dulcimer became somewhat of a
instrument in the early 1900’s, before making a gradual comeback during the
past four decades. Now you can
learn to play this early American instrument so you can entertain yourself and
others. The six-week session
begins Friday, September 22nd, from 2:20 to 4:00 PM, in the Community
Center on Buffalo Road. The
instructor will be Grace Fish. If
you have a dulcimer at home, bring it to class with you.
If not, several practice dulcimers will be provided.
Also, kits may be ordered so that you can make your own dulcimer. For
more information or to register for Mountain Dulcimer Lessons, call the
Recreation Department at 419-633-6030.
The cost is $20.00 for six classes.
Join us in the
latest craze in exercising! POUND® transforms drumming
into an incredibly effective way of working out.
Instead of listening to music, you become the music in
this exhilarating full-body workout that combines cardio,
conditioning, and strength training with yoga and pilates-inspired movements.
Designed for all fitness levels, POUND® provides the perfect atmosphere
for letting loose, getting energized, toning up and rockin’ out! The workout
is easily modifiable and the alternative vibe and welcoming philosophy appeals
to men and women of all ages and abilities.
lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising, Burn up to
900+ calories per hour, strengthen and sculpt infrequently used muscles, and
drum your way to a leaner, slimmer physique – all while rocking out to your
favorite music! Cinch the
waistline, slim the thighs, and strengthen connective tissue and infrastructural
muscles with the combination of stability and cardio. Numerous
studies have proven the powerful brain boosting, stress-relieving effects of
drumming. The rhythm of drumming permeates the entire brain to improve focus,
increase higher-level thinking and decision-making skills, boost the immune
system, lower blood pressure, decrease chronic pain, anxiety, and fatigue.
counting reps or keeping track of the clock, POUND® strategically distracts you
from the high-intensity and duration of your workout, and shifts your focus to
rhythm and volume. This strategic distraction is responsible for the
"addictiveness" of POUND® - the reason you can't stay away!
Each 2-4 minute song is carefully calibrated with interval peaks and
extended fat burning sequences, providing you with the best workout in the
shortest span of time. We’ve
invented unique, lightly weighted exercise drumsticks called Ripstix®.
Ripstix® add 1/4 lb. extra weight to each movement which throws the
body off balance, creating contraction in the core and stabilization system.
intensify each POUND® position with light, peripheral resistance that not only
works the shoulders, biceps, triceps, forearms, and back, but also dramatically
increases the amount of instability in the body.
Class size is limited to twelve and students must be at least 12 years of
age. Bring a mat if you have one.
Ripstixs will be provided by instructor, Ashley Kendall. Classes
will be held on Thursday nights from 7:30-8:00 starting September 28th for 6
consecutive weeks at the Community Center on Buffalo Road.
Cost is $20.00 for the six nights or $5.00 per night for a walk-in.
Class size is limited so please call the Parks & Recreation office
at 419-633-6030 to save your space.
Bryan Baseball Association - www.bryanlittleleague.com
Bryan Softball Association - bgsa.activesports.com
Bryan Soccer Association - bryan-soccer.com
Bryan Swim Team Association - bryanswimteam.com
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
Can I trim a tree located in the terrace or right of way bordering my property?
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
Can I plant a tree in the terrace or right of way bordering my property?
Yes, tree species and location must be approved by the
City Arborist to meet tree ordinance requirements.
Why are all the ash trees in the area dying?
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
What about the new bug I’ve heard about that attacks maples and other
types of trees?
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/
What are the best trees to plant in this area?
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:
Maple - Acer
- Magnolia spp.
||Flowering Crabapple -
|Japanese Tree Lilac
|Medium species 30-45’
- Betula nigra
- Carpinus spp.
|Large species more
- Gleditsia triacanthos
- Quercus alba
||Swamp White Oak
|Japanese Pagoda Tree
Linden - Tilia
Dutch Elm resistant types
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
Arbor Day Foundation
Ohio DNR Urban Forestry
International Society of
Ohio Big Trees
USDA Forest Service
What Tree is it?
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