Welcome To The City of Bryan, Ohio

Bryan Ohio


Parks & Recreation Department

1399 East High Street
Second Floor
Bryan, Ohio 43506





Bryan is blessed with many parks and continues to grow in acreage and facilities.


Recreation Park

(78 acres)


Garver Park

(13.2 acres) est. (1909)


Moore Park

(11 acres) est. 1937


Mattie Marsh Park

(1 acre) est. 1954


Hitt Park

(1 acre) est. 1956


Roseland Park

(8 acres) est. 1970


East End Park

(33.3 acres) est. 1976


Fountain City Park

(7.7 acres) est. 1991


Central Park

(.25 acre) est. 1997


Israel Gardens Butterfly Park

(.50 acre) est. 1997  


Maple Grove Park

(10 acres) est. 1999


Click here for map of parks



Parks & Recreation Department Staff

Bryan Park Board




Welcome to the Bryan Parks

and Recreation  Department


 "The Greeks built an Acropolis - And Noah built an Ark 

The Russians built a Sputnik  But Bryan built a Park" 

(Bryan Times, 1957)

The Benefits of Parks and Recreation is truly endless!

Mission Statement:

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 & Recreation Preschool

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.

Classes offered:
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





     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 - If you 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




NEW 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 Classes



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 OR 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. -or- Wednesday, Nov. 19, 11:00 a.m. - 12 noon

# 3:  “Managing Diabetes/Pre-Diabetes”

Tuesday, December 2, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. -or- Wednesday, December 3, 11:00 a.m. - 12 noon

# 4:  “Eating on the Go & Using Physical Activity to Your Advantage”

Tuesday, December 16, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. -or- Wednesday, December 17, 11:00 a.m. - 12 noon 













1st - 3:00 Community Halloween Party

1st - 6:00 Trick-or-Treat

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” Sarah’s House




4th -  Last Day For Christmas Wish Essays












 The Bryan Parks and Recreation Department handles only T-Ball, all other sports are handled by the following Associations.



Sports Websites

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.   

Fall (PDF)

  Winter (PDF)

Spring-Summer Broch. 14.pdf











Bryan City Arborist


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


Q. Can I trim a tree located in the terrace or right of way bordering my property?


A. 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 cgoshia@cityofbryan.com.


Q. Can I plant a tree in the terrace or right of way bordering my property?


A. Yes, tree species and location must be approved by the City Arborist to meet tree ordinance requirements.


Q.  Why are all the ash trees in the area dying?


A.   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. http://www.emeraldashborer.info/files/Multistate_EAB_Insecticide_Fact_Sheet.pdf


Q.  What about the new bug I’ve heard about that attacks maples and other types of trees?


A. 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 to:  http://beetlebusters.info/


Q. What are the best trees to plant in this area?


A. 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: http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/1000/1082.html



Small species 15-30’    
Amur Maple - Acer ginnala Paperbark Maple Acer griseum Japanese Maple - Acer palmatum
Tatarian Maple - Acer tataricum Serviceberry - Amelanchier spp Eastern Redbud - Cercis Canadensis
Hawthorn - Crataegus spp. Magnolia - Magnolia spp. Flowering Crabapple - Malus spp.
Japanese Tree Lilac - Syringa reticulata    
Medium species 30-45’    
Hedge Maple - Acer campestre River Birch - Betula nigra Hornbeam - Carpinus spp.
Katsuratree  - Cercidiphyllum japonicum Goldenraintree - Koelreuteria paniculata Black Gum - Nyssa sylvatica
American Hophornbeam - Ostrya virginiana Callery pear - Pyrus calleryana Sawtooth Oak - Quercus acutissima
Lacebark Elm - Ulmus parvifolia    
Large species more than 45’    
Norway Maple - Acer platanoides Red Maple  - Acer rubrum Sugar Maple - Acer saccharum
American Beech - Fagus grandifolia Ginkgo - Ginkgo biloba Honeylocust - Gleditsia triacanthos
Kentucky Coffeetree - Gymnocladus dioicus Sweetgum-  Liquidambar styraciflua Tuliptree - Liriodendron tulipifera
White Oak - Quercus alba Swamp White Oak - Quercus bicolor Shingle Oak - Quercus imbricaria
Bur Oak - Quercus macrocarpa Red Oak - Quercus rubra Shumard Oak - Quercus shumardi
Japanese Pagoda Tree - Sophora japonica American Linden - Tilia americana Baldcypress - Taxodium distichum
Littleleaf Linden - Tilia cordata Silver Linden - Tilia tomentosa Elm Ulmus spp.- Dutch Elm resistant types
Japanese Zelkova  - Zelkova serrata    

Bryan Tree Commission

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 information.

Interesting Tree Links:

Arbor Day Foundation

Ohio DNR Urban Forestry

International Society of Arboriculture

Ohio Big Trees

USDA Forest Service

What Tree is it?

Tree Identification




Bryan, Ohio  43506 

Phone: 419-633-6030

 Email: parks-rec@cityofbryan.com


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Ohio Parks and Recreation Association

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Healthy Ohio Programs 

Williams County Health  Department



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