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
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
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM-7:30 PM
Mon. & Thurs.
Saturday & Sunday 1:00-5:00
Weds & Fri.
ICE SKATES AND
CROSS COUNTRY SKIS
Ice Skate Rentals (all ages):
$2.00 (Till Next Open Day)
Cross Country Skis (all ages): ONE DAY
(Return by 5:00 PM)
(Return Same Time; One Open Day, $6.00)
(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.
ID or money may be required as a
deposit on skis.
Winter Classes Are Here!!!
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.
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 &
March 17; 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. -or- Wednesday, March 18; 11:00 a.m.- 12 noon
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.
Foods to Your Health Advantage”
24, 2015 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. -or- Wednesday, April 22, 2015 11:00 a.m.- 12 noon
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
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
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
. 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.
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!
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
- 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
What Tree is it?
1399 EAST HIGH STREET
(Click on Map)
Weather Forecast for
Visit other related
sites for Parks and Recreation
Ohio Parks and Recreation Association
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Healthy Ohio Programs
Williams County Health Department