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 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.

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







       Depending on the weather, of course, we hope to have ice again this winter. Because of the danger of mixing hockey with public skating, we again stress that ALL HOCKEY PLAY (STICKS AND PUCKS) IS PROHIBITED DURING PUBLIC SKATING HOURS. Violators will be subject to equipment confiscation.   Skating Hours Include:


                  OPEN SKATING                                                                 SENIOR HOCKEY

Monday - Friday      9:00 AM-7:30 PM                              Mon. & Thurs.         8:00-11:00 PM

Saturday & Sunday  1:00-5:00 PM                                   Weds & Fri.             8:00-10:00 PM

                                                                                                 Saturday            6:30-10:00 PM                                                                                                          Sunday            8:00-10:00 PM



         ONE DAY               OVERNIGHT            OVERDUE

Ice Skate Rentals (all ages):               $1.00          $2.00  (Till Next Open Day)                $1.00/day


Cross Country Skis (all ages):      ONE DAY                                      OVERNIGHT

                                                     (Return by 5:00 PM)            (Return Same Time; One Open Day, $6.00)

                                                                              $3.00                   (Return Same Time;  Two Open Days, $12.00)


NOTE: All rentals are from the MacDonald-Ruff Ice Arena on Townline Road:  Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00-5:00 PM. (Note: hours may change according to use.)  Adults must sign equipment in and out.  A photo ID or money may be required as a deposit on skis.




Winter Classes Are Here!!!



Heart Health Classes



HEART HEALTH CLASSES - February is nationally recognized as Heart Health Month and March is National Nutrition Month. Heart disease is the number one cause of death and disability in the United States. Healthy food habits and physical activity may help reduce three of the major risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol and excess body weight. Join Michelle Price, RD,LD,CDE,IBCLC,RLC- Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, in an educational series of classes focusing on heart health and take a step toward achieving a healthier heart.  There will be 4 classes in this session with a fee of $10.00 each; you may join one class or do all four in the session. You may register for Tuesday evening classes OR Wednesday morning classes. All classes will be held at the Community Center on Buffalo Road.  Topics along with dates and time are listed below, at-home reference materials included in class fees.  Please feel free to bring one support person with you to the class if desired, for no additional fee.   We must have at least 8 paid participants to hold these classes; please call the Parks & Recreation office at 419-633-6030 to register.


 “Salt Sense”

Tuesday, February 17; 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. -or- Wednesday, February 18; 11:00 a.m.- 12 noon

 “Eat Smart for Your Heart”

Tuesday, March 3; 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. -or- Wednesday, March 4; 11:00 a.m.- 12 noon

 “Heart Healthy Shopping & Cooking Tips”

Tuesday, March 17; 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. -or- Wednesday, March 18; 11:00 a.m.- 12 noon 



Diabetes Self Management Classes


26 million 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.




“Using Foods to Your Health Advantage”

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. -or- Wednesday, April 22, 2015 11:00 a.m.- 12 noon


 “Using Injectables or Insulin in Your Diabetes Treatment Plan”

 Tuesday, March 10, 2015 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. -or- Wednesday, May 6, 2015 11:00 a.m.- 12 noon


“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





Fly Tying Class


     The Parks and Recreation Dept. will offer a FREE Fly Tying Open Discussion Class this winter at the Community Center on Buffalo Road on Tuesday, March 17th.   This class is a great opportunity to join other fishermen as you share stories, gain valuable information, and get ready for that first day of fishing in the spring.  Both the novice fisherman, as well as veteran fishermen can benefit from this class.    Ron Dilbone, a retired teacher and coach from Archbold will be the speaker at the March 17th class.  He is now pursuing his hobbies of fly-fishing and fly tying.  In 2000 he had the privilege of going to  England and tied at the Chatsworth Angling Fair.  In the past 10 years he has tied flies at many fly tying shows in Michigan and Ohio and has demonstrated fly tying for many fly fishing clubs.  Ron's specialty is tying foam flies and he has demonstrated this tying technique at Cabela’s in Dundee , Michigan .  The class will be very casual and will include open discussion.  Equipment may be brought in to share in discussion.  The class is limited to 20 students.  The class will be held on Tuesday, March 17th, from 7:00-9:00 PM.   Call the Parks and Recreation Dept. at 419-633-6030 for more information or to sign up for the FREE Fly Tying Open Discussion Class.




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 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 Walking Pass.   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!









17th/18th - Hearth Health Class

23rd - 5:30 Yoga Class Begins



3rd/4th - Hearth Health Class

7th  - 9:00 Girls Softball Registration

14th - 10:00 Girls Softball Registration

17th - 7:00 Fly Tying Class

17th/18th - Hearth Health Class

18th - 5:00 Girls Softball Registration

23rd -  5:15 Fulton County Fitness Class Begins

28th - 10:00 Easter Egg Hunt @ Middle School




1st  -  5:00 Girls Softball Registration

4th  -  11:30 Easter Eggstravaganza @ Mattie Marsh

5th  -  Happy Easter

24th - 10:00 Arbor Day Program












 The Bryan Parks and Recreation Department handles only T-Ball, all other sports are handled by the following Associations.



Sports Websites

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.   

Fall (PDF)

  Winter (PDF)

Spring-Summer Broch. 14.pdf











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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Ohio Parks and Recreation Association

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Healthy Ohio Programs 

Williams County Health  Department



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