Shop the 2nd Street Market this Saturday for fresh local food, take the Census, get free native tree seedlings

Shoppers at the 2nd Street Market this Saturday will be treated to more than fresh, local produce. In addition to the outdoor vendors, Five Rivers MetroParks has arranged for two other community resources to be on-site, and MetroParks will present the 2020 award for Outstanding Support Organization from the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials.


Media are encouraged to attend; face coverings are required inside the Market area.

  • When: Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the award being presented at 9 a.m.
  • Where: 600 E. Second St., downtown Dayton. Note: Please enter at the east end of the Market
  • What:
    • Census takers will be on-site to help shoppers complete the 2020 U.S. Census, which ends collection on Sept. 30.
    • Native tree seedlings will available on a first-come, first-served basis; a variety of hickory and oak seedlings will be available. Staff, wearing masks, will be on-site to help select the right tree(s) for individual properties; trees will come in easy-to-handle containers with directions on how to plant and care for the tree seedlings.
    • At 9 a.m., Five Rivers MetroParks chief of administration, Bill Tschirhart, will present the award for the 2020 Outstanding Support Organization award from the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials to staff at the 2nd Street Market and Homefull for their innovative partnership that helps people who are experiencing homelessness and/or food insecurity. Homefull clients grow the produce sold at the Market on the nonprofit’s urban farms. Homefull’s clients are paid to run the booth at the 2nd Street Market and other farmers markets, which allows them to earn income and build applicable job skills.
    • Accepting the award will be:
      • Five Rivers MetroParks staff: Lynda Suda, 2nd Street Market manager, and market coordinators Becky Hoen and Sally Leatherman
      • Homefull staff: Trudy Elder, chief strategic officer, and Dawn Kosegi Roberts, solutions team member.
  • Questions?: Contact community engagement coordinator Lauren Lemons at 938-275-PARK or 203-326-1201.


Celebrating more than 50 years of preserving green space and natural areas, Five Rivers MetroParks is a nationally renowned park system composed of natural area parks, gardens, high-quality river corridors, urban parks and a network of recreation trails. Five Rivers MetroParks protects the region’s natural heritage and provides outdoor experiences that inspire a personal connection with nature. Educational programs and recreational and volunteer opportunities are offered year-round for all ages. Five Rivers MetroParks is accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies. To learn more about Five Rivers MetroParks and its philanthropic Foundation, log onto or call 937-275-PARK (7275).

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