About Val Beerbower

Originally from Tiffin, Ohio, Val Hunt Beerbower is a 2005 graduate of Ohio University and currently serves as PR and communications manager for the Downtown Dayton Partnership. She and her husband, Mike, enjoy their home base in Dayton where they can easily access the city's unique shopping, dining, arts and culture, breweries, sporting events, festivals, water trails, bikeways, and all the rest of the amenities that make downtown Dayton and its surrounding neighborhoods one of the best places to live!

Won’t You Be Our Neighbor?

Downtown Dayton residents share their stories on why they moved downtown and why they love it! Housing developments in downtown Dayton have never been more popular. It seems as soon as a new project is finished, another one is announced. Who’s buying or renting these spaces and what motivates them to seek this kind of city-centric lifestyle? The Downtown Dayton Partnership showcases three families who've made the move. Get a glimpse into the lives of people who live downtown—and a sneak peek into some of the residential complexes featured on the Downtown Housing Tour from 1-5 p.m. September … [Read more...]

Oregon District? Not this week! Downtown Dayton bleeds scarlet and gray

Football fever has gripped the Dayton region. With the debut of the NCAA’s national championship game featuring state favorite Ohio State University, fans everywhere are paying homage to the Buckeyes in the hopes of a national title. One downtown neighborhood went as far as a temporary name change to reflect their team solidarity. On Monday, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley signed a proclamation renaming the Oregon District to the “Buckeye District” from January 6 through the 12th when the Buckeyes will take on the Ducks from the University of Oregon. In addition to the name change, several … [Read more...]

Dayton: A City Worth Fighting For

Get an update on progress through the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan during a special community meeting. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about this city since I moved here in 2009, it’s that Dayton doesn’t give up. It’s true we’ve had our share of setbacks, but we also have a history of bouncing back tougher than ever. In 2010, community leaders from the public and private sectors rolled out a new strategic plan for our city’s urban core called the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan. In it, you’ll find the framework for a healthy and vibrant downtown as well as the surrounding neighborhoods. But … [Read more...]

Five Rivers MetroParks Celebrates Golden Anniversary

On April 8, 1963, then-Probate Judge Neal Zimmers approved a petition to start a new park district in Dayton. Thanks to the efforts of a group of forward-thinking citizens concerned with quickly disappearing green space, efforts to protect the region's natural heritage created what we know today as Five Rivers MetroParks. For the past 50 years, Five Rivers MetroParks has provided outdoor experiences that inspire a personal connection with nature. These experiences are unique for each visitor -- some come to the parks for their offerings in exciting outdoor adventure. Others visit as a … [Read more...]

Get a Taste of Adventure with the Biennial Adventure Speaker Series

We’re barely a third of the way into the winter season and I’m already feeling cabin-feverish. I try to take advantage of the snow while it’s here. I've gone sledding and skiing and ice skating, but regardless of how many times I try to use precipitation as a propellant and rocket myself down a hill or across a sheet of rock-hard ice, I still find myself craving more outdoor adventure. If you’re the type of adventure-seeker opportunist and, say, enjoys driving a car over the cobbled humps of frozen snow lining an un-plowed street because you can pretend you’re blazing trails across the Arctic … [Read more...]

Ice Skating Returns to RiverScape Nov 23rd

The region’s largest outdoor ice skating rink open Friday, November 23, from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Admission to MetroParks Ice Rink at RiverScape MetroPark (229 E. Monument Ave., Dayton) is just $7, which includes the cost of skate rentals. Work off Thanksgiving indulgences on the ice and enjoy holiday music during the grand-opening weekend: Friday, Nov. 25, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. MetroParks Ice Rink will be open every day of the week—even special holiday hours—through Thursday, February 28, 2013. … [Read more...]

All kinds of “outdoorsy” happening at the Midwest Outdoor Experience

I am not an “outdoorsy” person. But I’m learning. Honestly. If you ask anyone who knew me from grade school, college or even just a few years ago will attest to an increase in the amount of sporting goods equipment I own and the number of shoes featuring actual soles that are created for purposes outside of pure fashion. My greatest impetus for this foray into the outdoors is my husband, followed closely by my occupation. So pretty much “life” is encouraging me to venture off the couch and into the woods. As a new inductee into a world filled with adventure and hiking boots and roof … [Read more...]

Why you should “give a dam” about the River Run project

If you're no stranger to this blog, you're probably familiar with the Last Dam Summer campaign that kicked off about a month ago. If not, the Cliff's Notes version is that Five Rivers MetroParks is planning to remove the low dam near the Dayton Art Institute and install bank stabilization features along the Great Miami River that will pull double duty as kayak play areas. This is all part of the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan, which includes other totally cool projects like the Patterson Corridor improvements that will connect the Oregon District to RiverScape MetroPark and Fifth Third … [Read more...]

Pedals 4 Pancakes: How bicycle commuting can change your life

Who’s got two thumbs and can help save the world while saving some dough and burning calories? This girl! And that guy, and that girl, and that girl, and especially that polydactyl guy. That’s right, anyone can accomplish this earth-friendly laundry list simply by biking to work. Celebrate your two-wheeled liberation on Friday, May 18, with a free pancake breakfast at RiverScape MetroPark, compliments of your outdoorsy pals at Five Rivers MetroParks. Since gaining status as a bronze-level bike-friendly berg, Dayton’s cycling population has grown. New initiatives include the City of Dayton’s … [Read more...]

Get Out & Give Back Day Improves Community, Engages YPs

They’re coming. On Friday, May 4, a sea of blue shirts will roll through downtown Dayton, leaving a wake of good karma in its path. That’s right, the annual Get Out & Give Back Dayton day has returned! The event is hosted by Generation Dayton but young professionals from all walks of life and varying professional organizations are participating. More than 100 volunteers will take up their shovels, hammers, dust mops, work gloves and other tools of do-goodery to spruce up the area. This event is important because it not only connects young professionals directly to the Dayton area, it … [Read more...]