Welcome to the
Greeks built an Acropolis - And Noah built an
The Russians built a
Sputnik But Bryan
built a Park"
(Bryan Times, 1957)
Benefits of Parks and Recreation is truly endless!
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 &
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.
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
COMMUNITY HALLOWEEN PARTY
Kids, plans are being made now to have a giant
Community "Holler"ween Party at the MacDonald-Ruff
Ice Arena on Saturday, November 1st, from 3:00-5:00
PM. If you are in the fourth grade or younger,
bring Mom and Dad out to the Ice Rink and enjoy a
party that is both FUN and SAFE. You won’t soon
forget a spo-o-o-oky afternoon of fun shared with
hundreds of other kids in town, which will be
sponsored and manned by the Bryan Service Clubs, the
Parks & Recreation Department, and high school NHS
students. There will be LOTS of PRIZES and CANDY
at the many colorful booths in the rink; crawl
through a giant maze (don't get lost!), fish at the
giant fish pond, throw hoops over the witch’s hat,
and throw bean bags into the haunted house. Don’t
forget to take the hayride through the park. We
ask everyone to come in costume and to be
accompanied by mom or dad. Everything is free.
See you there!
NOTE: The city-wide "Trick-or-Treat"
evening will be held on Saturday, November 1st, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.
TRUTH AND TREAT @ MATTIE MARSH PARK -
have a sweet tooth and want some sweet truth, then this is the party for you!!!
Along with candy for the kids and hot dogs and cider for the weary moms and
dads, there will be fun activities and amazing truths to discover, like; “What
are the 3 things God cannot do?” So come taste and see!!!!! This is a free
family friendly event that is sponsored by Eastland Baptist Church. For more
information you can call the Church at 419-636-3835.
Saturday, 6:00-8:00 PM
Mattie Marsh Park
Fall Classes Are Here!!!
The Bryan Parks &
Recreation Department and instructor Dawn Davis will be offering Yoga Classes
this fall at the Community Center. Five weeks (ten lessons) cost just $25.00.
Yoga is a great way to calm your mind and relieve stress, while increasing your
flexibility, strength, and balance. You’re sure to learn something new, and at
the same time, get rid of that stress you’ve built up throughout the day.
Standing, seated, and lying down stretches are included in this class, ending
with a deep relaxation. All fitness levels welcome in this class. Bring a
towel or mat to class. This class has a maximum of 20 so please register early
by calling 419-633-6030. Classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays
starting November 3rd, from5:30-6:15 P.M.
Diabetes Self Management
November is recognized as Diabetes Awareness Month. 26 million
children and adults in the United States have diabetes. 79 million Americans
have pre-diabetes. 1.9 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes each
year. Join Michelle Price, RD,LD,CDE,IBCLC,RLC- Registered Dietitian and
Certified Diabetes Educator, in an educational series of classes focusing on
diabetes/pre-diabetes self-management and take a step toward achieving and
maintaining life-long control. These are the first 4 classes in a 10 class
series: $15 per class or all 4 of these classes for $50. (The remaining
classes will continue into January, February, and March for the next Parks and
Recreation brochure) You may register for Tuesday evening classes
Wednesday morning classes. All classes will be held at the Community Center on
Buffalo Road. Topics, along with dates and time are listed below; at-home
reference materials included in class fees. Call 419-633-6030 to register.
# 1: “Diabetes/Pre-Diabetes 101”
Tuesday, November 4, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. -or-
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 11:00 a.m. - 12 noon
# 2: “Carbohydrate Counting for Better Health”
Tuesday, November 18, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 11:00 a.m. - 12 noon
# 3: “Managing Diabetes/Pre-Diabetes”
Tuesday, December 2, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 3, 11:00 a.m. - 12 noon
# 4: “Eating on the Go & Using Physical Activity to Your
Tuesday, December 16, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 17, 11:00 a.m. - 12 noon
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
1st - 3:00
Community Halloween Party
1st - 6:00
1st - 6:00
Truth and Treat @ Mattie Marsh Park
3rd - 5:30
Yoga Class, Session II Begins
4th - 6:30
Diabetes Self Management Classes Begin
10th - 6:30
Belly Dancing Class, Session II Begins
15th - 5:00
“2012 Holiday Celebration”
27th - HAPPY
4th - Last
Day For Christmas Wish Essays
25th - MERRY
Bryan Parks and Recreation Department handles only T-Ball, all other sports are
handled by the following Associations.
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.
Spring-Summer Broch. 14.pdf
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
Can I trim a tree located in the terrace or right of way bordering my property?
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
Can I plant a tree in the terrace or right of way bordering my property?
Yes, tree species and location must be approved by the
City Arborist to meet tree ordinance requirements.
Why are all the ash trees in the area dying?
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.
What about the new bug I’ve heard about that attacks maples and other types of
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
What are the best trees to plant in this area?
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:
|Amur Maple -
||Paperbark Maple Acer griseum
Maple - Acer palmatum
|Tatarian Maple -
- Amelanchier spp
||Flowering Crabapple -
|Japanese Tree Lilac
- Syringa reticulata
|Medium species 30-45’
- Acer campestre
- Betula nigra
- Carpinus spp.
- Cercidiphyllum japonicum
- Nyssa sylvatica
- Ostrya virginiana
- Pyrus calleryana
- Quercus acutissima
- Ulmus parvifolia
|Large species more than 45’
- Acer platanoides
- Acer rubrum
- Acer saccharum
- Fagus grandifolia
- Ginkgo biloba
- Gleditsia triacanthos
|Kentucky Coffeetree -
- Liriodendron tulipifera
- Quercus alba
||Swamp White Oak
- Quercus macrocarpa
- Quercus rubra
- Quercus shumardi
|Japanese Pagoda Tree
- Sophora japonica
Linden - Tilia americana
- Taxodium distichum
- Tilia cordata
- Tilia tomentosa
||Elm Ulmus spp.-
Dutch Elm resistant types
- Zelkova serrata
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
Arbor Day Foundation
Ohio DNR Urban Forestry
International Society of
Ohio Big Trees
USDA Forest Service
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Williams County Health Department