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





Bryan Parks and Recreation









Dog Obedience

     The Parks and Recreation Department and instructor Amy Snyder, will be offering a   Basic Dog Obedience Class for dogs five months and older.  Want to have a better relationship with your dog and have fun learning how to accomplish this?  In this class you will not only learn how to train your dog some everyday commands such as sit, stay, and down, you will also learn how to prevent/correct some unwanted behaviors.  This class is great for first time dog owners, shelter dogs, or anyone who needs a refresher course.   This class is limited to eight people/dogs and will be held on four consecutive Saturdays starting April 26th and will be held at the MacDonald-Ruff Ice Arena on Townline Road from 9:00-10:00 AM and the cost for the class is $55.00.  Call 419-633-6030 to register for this Basic Dog Obedience Class.




Belly Dancing

(women age 15 and up) Enhance rhythm, grace, and beauty with the timeless art of belly dance! This feminine way to exercise tones muscles, increases strength, and provides a low impact aerobic workout. Join instructor Amelie in her unique Moonfire Gypsy fusion of Tribal, Egyptian, and Vintage Oriental styles. Each class will include a full body warm up and yoga cool down. Students should dress in comfortable but fitted clothing and may dance barefoot, wearing socks, or in ballet slippers. A scarf tied around the hips is recommended. All classes will be held at the Community Center on Buffalo Rd., upstairs. A minimum of 4 students is required to hold the class, and pre-registration is highly advised. Sessions will run for 6 consecutive weeks (with the exception of Memorial Day, May 26), and the cost is $48.00. Please call 419-633-6030 to reserve your space.


Moonfire Gypsy Basics: This class is perfect for beginners as well as those wishing to review basic skills.  Classes will focus on the history of belly dance, posture, isolations, basic steps, and simple combinations. No prior dance experience is necessary. 

Mondays, 5:45 - 6:45 PM - Starts April 28th


Intermediate to Advanced:  This class is for dancers with at least 6 months previous experience, or by instructor invitation. Students will proceed to more difficult steps and combinations. Training in solo skills, group improvisation, and choreography will all be explored. Performance opportunities are available at this level.  

Mondays, 7:00-8:00 PM - Starts April 28th



Wine Glass Painting

Spring into Spring and join Tami Manley as she instructs you in the art of painting your very own set of wine glasses. You will paint four wine glasses with flowers or grapes on them and they will be yours to take home to keep for yourself or give as a gift (what a great Mother’s Day gift).   All of the material that you will need will be supplied for you.  This class will be held on Thursday, May 1st at 6:00 PM; please register by April 28th so that supplies can be ordered.  Class will be held in the Community Center on Buffalo Road and the fee is $33.00.  Classes fill up fast so call the Parks and Recreation office (419-633-6030) early to reserve your spot.  




Mother's Day Canvas Painting

(Ages 3-14) Children under 7 must have an adult stay to assist with the painting, those 7 and over may paint their canvas on their own.  You will get to choose the size of canvas that you would like to paint; 16x20 & 18x24 are examples of sizes.  Instructor Tami Manley will give you step-by-step instructions and at the end of the class you will have a beautiful flower painting on canvas to take home and give to your mother, which you created.  All of the material that you will need will be supplied for you.  This class will take place on Thursday, May 5th, 5:30 at the community Center with a fee of $35.00. Please register by April 30th so that supplies can be ordered. Classes fill up fast so call the Parks and Recreation office (419-633-6030) early to reserve your spot.                                       










19th - 11:30 Little Bears Registration

19th -  11:30 Easter Eggstavaganza @ Mattie Marsh

22nd - 5:00 Swim Team Registration

25th - 10:00 Arbor Day “Walk Through the Park”

26th -  8:30 March of Dimes, March For Babies

26th -  9:00 Dog Obedience Class Session I Starts

26th - 10:00 Swim Team Registration

28th -  5:45 Belly Dancing Classes Session I Starts



1st  -  6:00 Wine Glass Painting Class

2nd -  Tot League Sign Up Deadline

3rd  -  8:30 Pitch, hit, And Run Competition

5th  -  5:30 Mothers Day Canvas Painting Class

27th - 3:30-6:00 Pool Passes/Swim Lessons on Sale



7th  -  9:00 Dog Obedience Class Session II Starts

13th - 10:00 Stories in Hitt Park

14th -  Family Baseball Game with the “Tincaps”

16th -  Swim Lessons, Session I Starts

16th - 9:00 Arts and Crafts Class, Art in the Parks,  Starts

17th -  Start of Jubilee Week

20th - 10:00 Stories in Mattie Marsh Park

21st - Bryan Jubilee Parade

23rd - 8:00 Safety Town, Session I Starts

24th - 5:30 Water Aerobics Starts

27th - 10:00 Stories in Garver Park

28th - “Day In The Park” & Fireworks

30th -  5:45 Belly Dancing Classes Session II Starts



7th  -  Swim Lessons, Session II Starts

7th -  7:00 Tennis Instructions Class

11th - 10:00 Stories in Moore Park

14th - 9:00 Safety Town, Session II Starts

18th -  10:00 Stories at East End Park

21st  - 9:00 Black Swamp Arts Camp Starts

25th - 10:00 Stories in Roseland Park

28th - 8:00 Safety Town, Session III Starts

28th - Swim Lessons, Session III Starts



4th -  9:00 Arts and Crafts Class, Art in the Parks, Starts

9th -  Family Baseball Game with the “Tincaps”




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


Tot League Sign Up.pdf   T-Ball Registration Form



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

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Williams County Health  Department



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