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







NEW Winter Classes Are Here!!!






     The Parks and Recreation Department and Dawn Davis are offering a “Fitness Blast” class on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:15-6:15 PM in the Lincoln School gym.   Looking for a great way to burn calories and tone muscles?  Get back in shape from 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 January 6th and is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:15-6:15 in the Lincoln School Gym (please enter through the back door).  The class costs $20.00 per session (8 Nights) OR $5.00 for each night.  You may join anytime; walk-ins are welcome.   Call the Parks and Recreation Department at 419-633-6030 to register for this Fitness Blast class.    







     The Bryan Parks & Recreation Department and instructor Dawn Davis will be offering Yoga Classes this Winter 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 January 12th, from 5:30-6:15 P.M.




Adult Walking Program


     With winter putting a halt to many outdoor activities, we encourage area adults to sign up for this great opportunity, the Community Adult Walking Program.  Thanks to the Bryan City Schools and the Bryan Parks and Recreation Department, you have the opportunity to walk the halls of the Bryan Middle School.  This activity is for adults 18 years and older only.   Please carry in the shoes that you are planning to walk in; it is important to keep the halls dry and safe.  This is a free activity.  Please sign up in the Parks and Recreation Department office to receive your WALKING PASS.  Everyone must have a Walking Pass.   Enter the Middle School at the Commons entrance.  Walking will be cancelled when schools are closed for bad weather or holidays.  Walking begins on Tuesday January 6th, and is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7:00-8:00 PM.  The Adult Walking Program will continue through Thursday, March 26th.  Come walk with us and get some exercise during the winter!




Diabetes Self Management Classes



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.  Nearly 10% of the entire U.S. population has diabetes, including over 25% of seniors. As many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 if present trends continue. The economic cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion dollars per 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.  There will be 10 classes at $10 per class (at-home reference materials included in session fee); you can choose one class that interests you, or participate in as many as you like. If you have never had education for diabetes or pre-diabetes before, it is recommended to take the classes in order for better understanding. Please feel free to bring one support person with you to the class,  if desired, for no additional fee.  You may register for Tuesday evening classes OR Wednesday morning classes. All classes will be held at the Community Center on Buffalo Road and we must have at least 8 paying participants to hold a class.  Topics, along with dates and time are listed below.


# 1:  “Diabetes/Pre-Diabetes 101”

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 11:00 a.m.- 12 noon *

# 2:  “Carbohydrate Counting for Better Health”

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 11:00 a.m.- 12 noon *

# 3:  “Managing Diabetes/Pre-Diabetes”

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 11:00 a.m.- 12 noon *

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

Wednesday, February 25,2015 11:00 a.m.- 12 noon *


#5: “Staying Healthy  for a Lifetime”

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. -or- Wednesday, March 11, 2015 11:00 a.m.- 12 noon


#6: “Eat Smart for Your Heart with Diabetes/Pre-Diabetes”

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. -or- Wednesday, March 25, 2015 11:00 a.m.- 12 noon


# 7: “Long-Term Realities of Living with Diabetes/Pre-Diabetes”

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. -or- Wednesday, April 8, 2015 11:00 a.m.- 12 noon


# 8: “Using Foods to Your Health Advantage”

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. -or- Wednesday, April 22, 2015 11:00 a.m.- 12 noon


# 9: “Using Injectables or Insulin in Your Diabetes Treatment Plan”

 Tuesday, March 10, 2015 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. -or- Wednesday, May 6, 2015 11:00 a.m.- 12 noon


# 10: “Advanced Carbohydrate Counting for Insulin Users”

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. -or- Wednesday, May 20, 2015 11:00 a.m.- 12 noon


*There are no Tuesday evening sessions for the first 4 classes; as this is the start of a second round of offering this series. The people who started in the Tuesday evening session in November of 2014 may pick up at Session # 5 on Tuesday evenings which begins 1-13-2015.





Free Throw Shooting Contest


     The Parks and Recreation Department wants to know who the best free throw shooters in the area are.  Boys & girls, men & women, ages 9 and older are invited to compete in the annual City Free Throw Shooting Contest on Saturday morning, January 17th, from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (awards handed out at 10:30 AM), at the Bryan Middle School gym.  Compare your 50 shots with the best shooters around.  Shoot five shots and then rotate, until you total 50.  There will be six age groups for men & women: 9-10, 11-12, 13-15, 16-22, 23-30, and 31-over.  The foul line will be advanced for ages 9 through 12.  Register on the morning of January 17th no later than 10:00 AM.  Awards will be handed out at 10:30 AM and pictures taken of the winners at 10:45 AM.  Register at the door.  The contest is free.  Call 419-633-6030 for more information.




                   Zumba Kids Class



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 January 20th, for six consecutive Tuesdays with a cost of $20.00. Ages 4-6 will meet from 5:30-6:15 PM. and ages 7-11 will meet from 6:45-7:30 PM.  We ask that you drop off your child; they respond better when parents are not watching.  Each class size is limited to 15; so call the Parks and Recreation office at 419-633-6030 to register.









5th -  5:15 Fulton County Fitness Class Begins

6th  - 5:15 Fitness Blast Class, Session I Begins

6th -  7:00 Comm. Adult Walking Program Begins

13th/14th -  Diabetes Classes Begin

17th - 8:00 City Free Throw Shooting Contest

20th - 5:30 Zumba Kids Class Begins




3rd  - 5:15 Fitness Blast Class, Session II Begins

3rd/4th  - Heart Health Class

10th - 4:30 Cheerleading Camp Begins

17th/18th - Hearth Health Class

23rd - 5:30 Yoga Class Begins



3rd/4th - Hearth Health Class

7th  - 9:00 Girls Softball Registration

14th - 10:00 Girls Softball Registration

17th - 7:00 Fly Tying Class

17th/18th - Hearth Health Class

18th - 5:00 Girls Softball Registration

23rd -  5:15 Fulton County Fitness Class Begins

28th - 10:00 Easter Egg Hunt @ Middle School




1st  -  5:00 Girls Softball Registration

4th  -  11:30 Easter Eggstravaganza @ Mattie Marsh

5th  -  Happy Easter

24th - 10:00 Arbor Day Program












 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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