Winter Sports

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...]

The Best FUN You Can Have While FREEZING!!

Broomball. (coming...) (coming...) AND here we are. Broomball. Around this very time last year, I was asked by Lorka Munoz-Daughtery if I would be a commentator when FiveRivers MetroPark's RiverScape began hosting Monday Night Broomball. "Sure," I told Lorka. "But... uh... just what is... uh... Broomball." (Okay. That's not a TRANSCRIPT of the conversation we had; rather, it's kind of the transcript of what was going on in my HEAD.) In essence? I had no clue what Broomball was... and I certainly had no idea I would fall in love with this exciting, light-speed fast sport played … [Read more...]

Ice skating season is almost here…

(from Five Rivers MetroParks) The region’s largest outdoor ice skating rink was a hit when it debuted in 2010, and this year, MetroParks Ice Rink at RiverScape MetroPark (229 E. Monument Ave., Dayton) is set to open Friday, November 25, from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Admission is only $5, which includes the cost of skate rentals. MetroParks Ice Rink will be open every day of the week—even special holiday hours—through Sunday, March 11, 2012. Patrons can take advantage of concessions at Café Vélo, which will be open during skating hours, serving snacks, such as hot pretzels and also … [Read more...]

Kick Off The Holidays with Local Shopping and a New Ice Rink!

Thanksgiving is almost here, and your MetroParks are gearing up for their biggest holiday season ever. In addition to the full palette of family-friendly, nature-inspired programming you’ve grown to love, we’ve got a couple special events happening this week in our urban parks that I’d like to share with the community. Tomorrow, November 24, is Stock-Up Wednesday at the PNC 2nd Street Market. The Market is opening a special day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those who are hip to this trendy downtown facility have already put in their pre-orders to their favorite vendors that … [Read more...]

Wanna Snowshoe?

NOTE - this was for the 2009/2010 winter season and the program is not available for the 2010/2011 winter season. Have you ever tried snowshoeing? Do you burn with cabin fever in the winter months? Why not get out, enjoy winter and Try Snowshowing with Five Rivers MetroParks Outdoor Recreation Department? Snowshoes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Reservations requested, walk-ins welcome. This activity is dependent on snowfall; call (937) 277-4374 to confirm activity. We're located at 224 N. St. … [Read more...]

Mad or Perfect, Choose Your Holiday Get-Away here in SW Ohio

No, there are not mountains in Ohio and yes, it only snows enough to cover the ground maybe 4-5 times a year however hitting the slopes is quite easy for South Western Ohio residents, if you like skiing on ice that is. Having grown up in Ohio, the idea of experiencing the thrill of carving off-piste on powder only came to fruition in Warren Miller films and magazines. Whether you are a seasoned ski-bum or bunny hill groupie, there are actually a few decent options (for the Midwest that is) right here in Southwestern Ohio. Mad River Mountain Resort Mad River Mountain (MRM) is … [Read more...]

Think Like an Onion! Enjoy the Great Outdoors This Winter

Truly Experience Winter in the Miami Valley As the first weather reports of snow appear in the holiday forecast our routines shift from a fall to winter mind set.  One of my favorite attributes of the Miami Valley is the ability to truly experience all four seasons, and winter is surely one of them.  When the temperature drops below freezing, Miami Valley residents have a tendency to lock themselves in their homes, crank up the heat and pull out the snuggies.  Why stay inside all winter when this region has numerous opportunities to enjoy the serenity, spirit, and color of the winter … [Read more...]