Dayton Riverfront Plan partners invite the public to review the consolidated framework plan that details the future of Dayton’s riverfronts for the next 20 years. In addition, alternative concept plans for each of the 10 parks identified in the consolidated framework plan will be presented for public feedback.
Both sessions of the public meetings will be held at the Dayton Metro Library’s Community Room on Tuesday, Jan. 23. The first session will be held from noon to 2 p.m. and the second from 6 to 8 p.m.
The public meetings will begin with a presentation of the consolidated framework plan and the alternative concepts for parks and then move to an open house format where people will be able to provide feedback on the park concepts.
“Citizens and community stakeholders see the potential of our river corridors to serve as regional recreation destinations and catalysts for economic development,” said Five Rivers MetroParks chief of planning and projects, Carrie Scarff. “The initial proposals for the Dayton Riverfront Plan were informed by the community, and we look forward to their continued feedback with regards to the consolidated framework plan and subsequent site plans for identified parks along the river corridors.”
Based of feedback collected both during the public meetings and from the post-meeting survey, in addition to partners and stakeholders, the consolidated framework plan was created by blending the best ideas from the two framework alternatives that were presented to the public during public meetings last October.
“The consolidated framework proposal considers the distinct nature of each of the four river corridors identified in the Neighborhood Mosaic Framework,” said Jon White, City of Dayton planner. “Additionally, we look at the greater downtown and begin to identify major street corridors and view them as connections to the river and emphasize redevelopment with new amenities and ‘green’ infrastructure. This was the focus of what was called the Green City Framework.”
In addition, recommendations leverage the assets on the corridors to propose a plan for revitalization distinct to the character of the corridor, such as the Stillwater River to the north, the Wolf Creek corridor to the west and the Great Miami River corridor to downtown Dayton.
As part of the consolidated framework plan, 10 parks will receive site plans that respond to the character of their corridors and enhance open spaces and connectivity to communities and rivers:
- DeWeese and Triangle Park, Kettering Fields, and Island and Deeds Point MetroPark offer the strong potential for a connected open space corridor into downtown.
- River’s Edge, Sunset Park, and RiverScape and Sunrise MetroParks, located throughout downtown Dayton adjacent to several other assets in the corridor, create the beginnings of a strong loop that could connect the east and west sides of the river in the downtown Dayton area, transforming the river from a divider into a unifier for the community.
- The Wolf Creek corridor is ripe with opportunity for re-imagination. Potential open space and revitalization opportunities along the Wolf Creek could create a three-mile corridor, from Wesleyan MetroPark into downtown.
Those who can’t make the meeting will be able to review the plans and leave their feedback online in the latter half of January. Visitwww.daytonriverfrontplan.org beginning Tuesday, January 16, to view the plans and take a survey that provides input about the plans.
ABOUT THE DAYTON RIVERFRONT PLAN
The Dayton Riverfront Plan, a project of the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan, will create a vision for Dayton’s four waterways, reaching into all quadrants of Dayton along the Great Miami, Mad, and Stillwater Rivers as well as the Wolf Creek. The vision of the plan is to promote community economic development by proposing vital recreation spaces, strong access to the rivers and connections to neighborhoods, and improved environmental habitat while prioritizing flood risk reduction, social equity, and public health. Plan partners include Five Rivers MetroParks, the City of Dayton, the Miami Conservancy District, the Downtown Dayton Partnership, Montgomery County, Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority, and Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission. Additional funding was provided by The Dayton Foundation and the Montgomery County Land Bank.