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
2014-2015 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
NEW Winter Classes Are Here!!!
The Parks and Recreation Department and Dawn Davis are offering a
“Fitness Blast” class on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:15-6:15 PM in the
Lincoln School gym. Looking
for a great way to burn calories and tone muscles?
Get back in shape from the holidays with Fitness Blast!
This class combines a variety of cardio-movements and
toning/strengthening exercises. Variations
will be given for all fitness levels, beginner through advanced.
Fitness Blast is the class for those who want a good toning and
fat-burning workout without a lot of complicated routines.
Bring a towel, rug, or mat to class to sit on.
The class starts on January 6th and is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays
from 5:15-6:15 in the Lincoln School Gym (please enter through the back door).
The class costs $20.00 per session (8 Nights) OR $5.00 for each night.
You may join anytime; walk-ins are welcome.
Call the Parks and Recreation Department at 419-633-6030 to register for
this Fitness Blast class.
The Bryan Parks &
Recreation Department and instructor Dawn Davis will be offering Yoga Classes
this Winter 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 20 so please register early
by calling 419-633-6030. Classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays
starting January 12th, from 5:30-6:15 P.M.
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 Middle 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
Enter the Middle School at the
Commons entrance. Walking will be
cancelled when schools are closed for bad weather or holidays. Walking
begins on Tuesday January 6th, and is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays,
from 7:00-8:00 PM. The Adult Walking
Program will continue through Thursday, March 26th.
Come walk with us and get some exercise during the winter!
Diabetes Self Management
children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
79 million Americans have pre-diabetes.
1.9 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes each year.
Nearly 10% of the entire U.S. population has diabetes, including over 25%
of seniors. As many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 if
present trends continue. The economic cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United
States is $245 billion dollars per year. Join
Michelle Price, RD,LD,CDE,IBCLC,RLC- Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes
Educator, in an educational series of classes focusing on diabetes/pre-diabetes
self-management and take a step toward achieving
and maintaining life-long control. There
will be 10 classes at $10 per class (at-home reference materials included in
session fee); you can choose one class that interests you, or participate in as
many as you like. If you have never had education for diabetes or pre-diabetes
before, it is recommended to take the classes in order for better understanding.
Please feel free to bring one support person with you to the class,
if desired, for no additional fee. You
may register for Tuesday evening classes OR Wednesday morning classes.
All classes will be held at the Community Center on Buffalo Road and we must
have at least 8 paying participants to hold a class.
Topics, along with dates and time are listed below.
14, 2015 11:00 a.m.- 12 noon *
2: “Carbohydrate Counting for
28, 2015 11:00 a.m.- 12 noon *
February 11, 2015 11:00 a.m.- 12 noon *
4: “Eating on the Go & Using
Physical Activity to Your Advantage”
February 25,2015 11:00 a.m.- 12 noon *
Healthy for a Lifetime”
13, 2015 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. -or- Wednesday, March 11, 2015 11:00 a.m.- 12 noon
#6: “Eat Smart
for Your Heart with Diabetes/Pre-Diabetes”
27, 2015 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. -or- Wednesday, March 25, 2015 11:00 a.m.- 12 noon
# 7: “Long-Term
Realities of Living with Diabetes/Pre-Diabetes”
10, 2015 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. -or- Wednesday, April 8, 2015 11:00 a.m.- 12 noon
# 8: “Using
Foods to Your Health Advantage”
24, 2015 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. -or- Wednesday, April 22, 2015 11:00 a.m.- 12 noon
# 9: “Using
Injectables or Insulin in Your Diabetes Treatment Plan”
March 10, 2015 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. -or- Wednesday, May 6, 2015 11:00 a.m.- 12
# 10: “Advanced
Carbohydrate Counting for Insulin Users”
Tuesday, March 24,
2015 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. -or- Wednesday, May 20, 2015 11:00 a.m.- 12 noon
*There are no
Tuesday evening sessions for the first 4 classes; as this is the start of a
second round of offering this series. The people who started in the Tuesday
evening session in November of 2014 may pick up at Session # 5 on Tuesday
evenings which begins 1-13-2015.
Throw Shooting Contest
The Parks and Recreation Department wants to know who the
best free throw shooters in the area are. Boys
& girls, men & women, ages 9 and older are invited to compete in the
annual City Free Throw Shooting Contest on Saturday morning, January 17th, from
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (awards handed out at 10:30 AM), at the Bryan Middle School
gym. Compare your 50 shots with the
best shooters around. Shoot five
shots and then rotate, until you total 50. There
will be six age groups for men & women: 9-10, 11-12, 13-15, 16-22, 23-30,
and 31-over. The foul line will be
advanced for ages 9 through 12. Register
on the morning of January 17th no later than 10:00 AM.
Awards will be handed out at 10:30 AM and pictures taken of the
winners at 10:45 AM. Register at the
door. The contest is free.
Call 419-633-6030 for more information.
Zumba Kids Class
The Bryan Parks
& Recreation Department and certified instructor Courtney Powell will be
hosting the ultimate dance-fitness party for young Zumba®
fans. This program helps develop a healthy lifestyle and incorporate fitness as
a natural part of children's lives by making fitness FUN. Classes incorporate
key childhood development elements like leadership, team work, confidence,
memory, creativity, coordination and cultural awareness. Kids can get silly,
dream big and begin their journey to a healthy future. Boys and girls are
welcome. Classes will be held at the Bryan Community Center starting January
20th, for six consecutive Tuesdays with a cost of $20.00. Ages 4-6 will meet
from 5:30-6:15 PM. and ages 7-11 will meet from 6:45-7:30 PM.
We ask that you drop off your child; they respond better when parents are
not watching. Each class size is
limited to 15; so call the Parks and Recreation office at 419-633-6030 to
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
- 5:15 Fulton County Fitness Class
- 5:15 Fitness Blast Class, Session I Begins
- 7:00 Comm. Adult Walking Program
- Diabetes Classes Begin
- 8:00 City Free Throw Shooting Contest
- 5:30 Zumba Kids Class Begins
- 5:15 Fitness Blast Class, Session II Begins
- Heart Health Class
- 4:30 Cheerleading Camp Begins
- Hearth Health Class
- 5:30 Yoga Class Begins
- Hearth Health Class
- 9:00 Girls Softball Registration
- 10:00 Girls Softball Registration
- 7:00 Fly Tying Class
- Hearth Health Class
- 5:00 Girls Softball Registration
- 5:15 Fulton County Fitness Class
- 10:00 Easter Egg Hunt @ Middle School
- 5:00 Girls Softball
- 11:30 Easter Eggstravaganza
@ Mattie Marsh
- Happy Easter
- 10:00 Arbor Day Program
Bryan Parks and Recreation Department handles only T-Ball, all other sports are
handled by the following Associations.
Bryan Baseball Association - bryanbaseball.org
Bryan Softball Association - bryansoftball.com
Bryan Soccer Association - bryan-soccer.com
Bryan Swim Team Association - bryanswimteam.com
Download our seasonal Parks
and Recreation brochure.
Spring-Summer Broch. 14.pdf
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 more information.
What about the new bug I’ve heard about that attacks maples and other types of
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
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:
|Amur Maple -
||Paperbark Maple Acer griseum
Maple - Acer palmatum
|Tatarian Maple -
- Amelanchier spp
||Flowering Crabapple -
|Japanese Tree Lilac
- Syringa reticulata
|Medium species 30-45’
- Acer campestre
- Betula nigra
- Carpinus spp.
- Cercidiphyllum japonicum
- Nyssa sylvatica
- Ostrya virginiana
- Pyrus calleryana
- Quercus acutissima
- Ulmus parvifolia
|Large species more than 45’
- Acer platanoides
- Acer rubrum
- Acer saccharum
- Fagus grandifolia
- Ginkgo biloba
- Gleditsia triacanthos
|Kentucky Coffeetree -
- Liriodendron tulipifera
- Quercus alba
||Swamp White Oak
- Quercus macrocarpa
- Quercus rubra
- Quercus shumardi
|Japanese Pagoda Tree
- Sophora japonica
Linden - Tilia americana
- Taxodium distichum
- Tilia cordata
- Tilia tomentosa
||Elm Ulmus spp.-
Dutch Elm resistant types
- Zelkova serrata
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
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