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







       Both Pools           Monday thru Thursday              1:00-5:00 PM

       Moore Pool          Monday & Wednesday              7:00-9:00 PM

       East End Pool      Tuesday & Thursday                  7:00-9:00 PM

       Both Pools           Friday, Saturday, Sunday           1:00-6:00 PM


     Children 3 & under and persons 62-older can swim for free.  Children ages 4-17 years are $1.50 and adults are $2.00.  


  A 10-Punch Card costs $10.00 and a 20-Punch Card costs $20.00 for 4-17 year olds and $15.00 and $30.00, respectively, for 18-61 year olds.  Season passes will be $45.00 for individuals, $60.00 for a family of 2, $70.00 for a family of 3, $80.00 for a family of 4, and $90.00 for a family of 5 or more. 



How many times will you and your children go swimming, boating, fishing, or participate in some other water-related activity this summer? For a non-swimmer every minor water accident can turn into a disaster. Take the most basic of precautions and LEARN HOW TO SWIM.  Sessions last 8 days, (Monday thru Thursday for 2 weeks). The cost is $10.00 per session. There is a minimum of 4 persons required for a class to be held. PAYMENT IS REQUIRED AT TIME OF REGISTRATION.  YOU MUST REGISTER IN PERSON. You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the session.  No refunds after 2 lessons.  Classes are divided as follows:


Infant/Toddler Level    6 months to 3 years. Requires parent accompaniment in the water. 

                                     Lessons last 30 minutes.     Limit of 6 to 8 participants.

Pre School Level     3 to 5 year olds who have not had water experiences or who show some fear of the water. Parent accompaniment in the water optional.   Lessons last 40 minutes.  Limit of 8 to 10 participants.

Level  1:    Water Exploration. Help child feel comfortable in the water & to enjoy the water safely.

Level  2:    Primary Skills. To teach breath control, floating, and beginning movement in the water.

Level  3:    Stroke Readiness. To further development of the crawl stroke, combined back strokes, and to introduce the elementary backstroke.

Level  4:    Stroke Development. Introduces the sidestroke, breaststroke, and starts developing endurance.

Level  5:    Stroke refinement, Level 6: Skill Proficiency, Level 7:  Advanced skills, and Adult lessons available as needed.

*Note:  All above classes must have a minimum of four registrants in order to be held.


REGISTRATION at Moore Pool only

All Lessons cost $10.00 per session


     FIRST SESSION:        June 16th through June 26th

SECOND SESSION:     July 7th through July 17th

(Registrations for this session will not be taken until after 1:00 on June 27th)                         

     THIRD SESSION:        July 28th through August 7th

(Registrations for this session will not be taken until after 1:00 on July 18th)                                              


9:30-10:15 AM    Level 1, 3, & 4

10:30-11:00/11:15 AM  Infant/Toddler, Pre School, & Level 2

5:15-5:45/6:00 PM   Infant/Toddler, Level 1, & 3

6:00-6:45 PM  Pre School, Level 2, & 4


     All lessons are held for 2 weeks, Monday through Thursday. Friday used for make ups. The times are the same for all sessions.  More classes will be added if needed.   If classes are canceled due to the weather it will be announced on WBNO.  (TIMES AND DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.)








Water Aerobics

     The Parks and Recreation Dept. and instructor Dawn Davis will be offering   Water Aerobics Classes at East End Pool this summer.  Are you looking for a cool way to get fit?  Water aerobics helps you burn calories and tone muscles while letting you stay cool in four feet of water.  Don't worry if you've never tried aerobics before.  Since your body is in the water, no one will see you do anything wrong!  It's a great workout for men and women of all ages.  The pool is closed to other swimmers during this class and no pool pass is needed to participate.  Class will be 5:30-6:30 PM on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at East End Pool and will consists of twelve classes (6 weeks) which costs only $30.00.  Walk-ins are also welcome and cost $5.00 per class.  This class will start June 24th and you may call the Parks and Recreation office at 419-633-6030 to register today.





Belly Dancing

(women age 15 and up) Enhance rhythm, grace, and beauty with the timeless art of belly dance! This feminine way to exercise tones muscles, increases strength, and provides a low impact aerobic workout. Join instructor Amelie in her unique Moonfire Gypsy fusion of Tribal, Egyptian, and Vintage Oriental styles. Each class will include a full body warm up and yoga cool down. Students should dress in comfortable but fitted clothing and may dance barefoot, wearing socks, or in ballet slippers. A scarf tied around the hips is recommended. All classes will be held at the Community Center on Buffalo Rd., upstairs. A minimum of 4 students is required to hold the class, and pre-registration is highly advised. Sessions will run for 6 consecutive weeks, and the cost is $48.00. Please call 419-633-6030 to reserve your space.


Moonfire Gypsy Basics: This class is perfect for beginners as well as those wishing to review basic skills.  Classes will focus on the history of belly dance, posture, isolations, basic steps, and simple combinations. No prior dance experience is necessary. 

Mondays, 5:45 - 6:45 PM - Starts June 30th


Intermediate to Advanced:  This class is for dancers with at least 6 months previous experience, or by instructor invitation. Students will proceed to more difficult steps and combinations. Training in solo skills, group improvisation, and choreography will all be explored. Performance opportunities are available at this level.  

Mondays, 7:00-8:00 PM - Starts June 30th




Tennis Instructions

          Take advantage of Bryan's 7 tennis courts around town and learn how to play a sport that will provide fun and exercise for a lifetime.  Tennis makes a great life-long sport that not only promotes physical fitness but also serves as a great activity that the whole family can enjoy.  It is an ideal sport for players of all ages, and regardless of your skill level we have something that will meet your needs.  Bring your racquet and a desire to learn, balls will be provided.  Class sizes are limited.  The Parks & Recreation Dept. will be offering different levels of tennis instructions. The Beginners Level is designed to teach new players or those with very little tennis experience.  Players will learn the fundamentals of the game including proper racquet grip, stance, forehand, backhand, serving, and rules of the game.  The Intermediate Level will focus on competitive training to expand considerably the range of experiences to which a young player is exposed.  Stroke drills, strategy sessions, and match play are intensified while allowing the junior players to enjoy their game and the companionship of fellow players.  Tennis is a game for life and the youth participating in this program will have a great start.  This level gives competitive training players a chance to turn up the volume of their game and work out doubles strategy with the players with whom they are competing.

Classes are held at the Recreation Park tennis courts, which are beside the Imagination Station, and will be held on Monday through Thursday, for two weeks (8 lessons). The cost is $40.00 per student.  Session I dates are July 7th through 17th, with rain dates of July 11th and 18th.    Call the Parks and Recreation Department (419-633-6030) to register.






Safety Town

     Do you have a child who will be entering Kindergarten this coming fall?  Will your child have to cross busy streets or have to board a bus on a busy highway?  The Parks & Recreation Department and the Bryan Kiwanis Club remind parents to enroll their kids in Safety Town, which will be offered this summer at the East End Community Room.  Safety Town is a national program that teaches life-long safety habits.  An adult instructor will supervise activities.  Safe travel to and from school, bus safety, fire safety, home safety, water safety, bicycle safety, poisons, and how to deal with strangers will be included in this comprehensive program.  Important vehicles such as a school bus, police car, and a fire truck will be available on special days for students to become familiar with.  Safety Town is co-sponsored by the Bryan Kiwanis Club, Bryan Police and Fire Departments, Bryan City Schools, and Bryan Parks and Recreation Department.  The fee is $10.00 per child for materials.  Registration forms are available in the Parks and Recreation office.   Three sessions are available this summer:  Session II – July 14th-18th at 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM; and Session III – July 28th-Aug. 1st at 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM.  For more information about Safety Town, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 633-6030.  To register for Safety Town stop into the Parks and Recreation Office and fill out a registration form.


Art in the Park

     The Parks and Recreation Department is offering an Art In The Park Class this summer for children ages 3-10.  Kids will get to try something new each day and each day will be an adventure!  Your child will create art while also enjoying the Parks that the City of Bryan has to offer.  Children will have the opportunity to make fun, hands on art projects with adult supervision.  Classes will be held in the Moore Shelter House. All of the projects in this session will be different than what was made in the first session. All materials are included and this class and will run Monday through Thursday mornings, for four days; August 4th-7th and there is a limit of 12 students per age group.  Children ages 3 & 4 go from 9:00-9:30 AM with a fee of $10.00;  ages 5-7 go from 9:45-10:45 AM with a fee of $15.00 and ages 8-10 go from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM with a fee of $15.00.   Call the Parks and Recreation Department at 419-633-6030 for more information or to register.







17th -  Start of Jubilee Week

20th - 10:00 Stories in Mattie Marsh Park

21st - Bryan Jubilee Parade

23rd - 8:00 Safety Town, Session I Starts

24th - 5:30 Water Aerobics Starts

27th - 10:00 Stories in Garver Park

28th - “Day In The Park” & Fireworks

30th -  5:45 Belly Dancing Classes Session II Starts



7th  -  Swim Lessons, Session II Starts

7th -  7:00 Tennis Instructions

11th - 10:00 Stories in Moore Park

14th - 9:00 Safety Town, Session II Starts

18th -  10:00 Stories at East End Park

21st  - 9:00 Black Swamp Arts Camp Starts

25th - 10:00 Stories in Roseland Park

28th - 8:00 Safety Town, Session III Starts

28th - Swim Lessons, Session III Starts



4th -  9:00 Arts and Crafts Class, Art in the Parks, Starts

9th -  Family Baseball Game with the “Tincaps”







 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




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