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 2016-2017 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









Snowman Cupcake Class

 (Age 5 - 8 with an adult or ages 8 & up alone) Make creations that will be tasty snowmen.  Everything that you will need will be supplied for you in the $15.00 fee; although we will need to have you pre-register to know how many supplies are needed.  You will learn to use pastry bags with round tips and you will work with red fondant to decorate cute cupcakes that will be yours to take home and enjoy.   Alicia Crites will instruct this class which will take place on Monday, January 30th at 6:30 in the Community Center on Buffalo Road.  Call the Parks and Recreation office at 419-633-6030 to register.


Cheerleading Camp

The Bryan Parks & Recreation Department, Peggy Musser, and the Bryan High School cheerleaders will be offering a cheerleading camp to children preschool thru 4th grade.    This camp will introduce jumping and arm placement skills needed for cheerleading along with the basic motions.  You will then practice these skills through cheers and chants.  This camp will run Tuesdays & Thursdays, January 31 – February 9; 5:00-6:00 PM and follow up with cheering under the Friday night lights with the Bryan Golden Bear Cheerleaders at the Basketball game on February 10th.  Classes will be held at the NEW BRYAN MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL in the Commons area, PLEASE ENTER THROUGH THE EVENTS DOOR ON THE WEST SIDE.  There is a $20.00 fee for the classes which will include a T-shirt.  PLEASE pre-register by calling the Parks and Recreation Department at 419-633-6030.   




   The Parks and Recreation Department and Dawn Davis are offering a “Fitness Blast” class on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:15-6:00 PM in the Washington School gym.   Looking for a great way to burn calories and tone muscles?  Get back in shape before the holidays with Fitness Blast!  This class combines a variety of cardio-movements and toning/strengthening exercises.  Variations will be given for all fitness levels, beginner through advanced.   Fitness Blast is the class for those who want a good toning and fat-burning workout without a lot of complicated routines.  Bring a towel, rug, or mat to class to sit on.  The class starts on February 7th and is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:15-6:00 in the Washington School Gym.  The class costs $20.00 per session (8 Nights) OR $5.00 for each night.  You may join anytime; walk-ins are welcome.   We request that you call the Parks and Recreation Department at 419-633-6030 to register for this Fitness Blast class so that we are sure we will have enough to hold the class.    


Valentine Cupcake Class

(Age 5-8 with an adult or ages 8 & up alone) Make chocolate hearts and decorate cupcakes in fun valentine colors with an airbrush and take them home.  Everything that you will need will be supplied for you in the $20.00 fee; although we will need to have you pre-register to know how many supplies are needed.  You will be using red and pink icing which will be provided for you.  Alicia Crites will instruct this class which will take place on Sunday, February 12th at 6:30 in the Community Center on Buffalo Road.  Call the Parks and Recreation office at 419-633-6030 to register.





(Ages 5-12) The Bryan Parks & Recreation Department and certified instructor Courtney Powell will be hosting the ultimate dance-fitness party for young Zumba® fans. This program helps develop a healthy lifestyle and incorporate fitness as a natural part of children's lives by making fitness FUN. Classes incorporate key childhood development elements like leadership, team work, confidence, memory, creativity, coordination and cultural awareness. Kids can get silly, dream big and begin their journey to a healthy future. Boys and girls are welcome. Classes will be held at the Bryan Community Center starting in February 20th, from 7:00-7:45PM, for six consecutive weeks with a cost of $20.00 We ask that you drop off your child; they respond better when parents are not watching.  Class size is limited to 15; so call the Parks and Recreation office at 419-633-6030 to register.




(ages 15 and up)   Explore a cornucopia of Mediterranean dance, featuring the fabulous Greek Tsifteteli, with instructor Rita Michele! Combining spicy, high energy grooves with slow and sensual moves, this class provides more than a feminine way to exercise. Paloma Gypsy Dance will take you on a journey where the ancient Silk Road meets contemporary creative expression. Get your blood pumping, tone your whole body, and strengthen your core through a series of fun combination steps and mini-choreographies. Add to that the promise of enhanced beauty, confidence, and grace. What more could you ask for? A conditioning warm-up and deep stretching cool-down is included with every class. Discover the dancer in you!  All classes will be held on Thursday evenings 6:30-7:30 PM, at the Community Center on Buffalo Road starting March 9th. Class will run for five consecutive weeks, and the cost is $35.00. A minimum of six pre-registered students is required to hold the class. Please call 419-633-6030 to reserve your space!





30th - 6:30 Snowman Cupcake Class

31st - 5:00 Cheerleading Camp Begins  



12th - 6:30 Valentines Cupcake Class

20th - 7:00 Zumba Kids, Session II, Begins




7th  - 6:30 Decorative Chocolate Spoons Class

9th  - 6:30 Paloma Gypsy Dance Class, Session II Begins

27th - Lifeguard Training Begins

29th - 4:30 Girls Softball Registration



4th  - 6:30 Decorative Marshmallow Pops Class

8th - 10:00 Easter Egg Hunt @ Portland Campus

11th - 6:30 Decoupage Class

16th  - Happy Easter

28th - Arbor Day Program




Winter Brochure   






Sports Websites

Bryan Baseball Association - www.bryanlittleleague.com

Bryan Softball Association - bgsa.activesports.com

Bryan Soccer Association - bryan-soccer.com

Bryan Swim Team Association - bryanswimteam.com











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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