Welcome to the Bryan Parks
and Recreation Department
Greeks built an Acropolis - And Noah built an
The Russians built a
(Bryan Times, 1957)
The Benefits of Parks and Recreation is truly endless!
To create strong ties within the
Bryan Parks & Recreation Preschool
We are at This time enrolling children for the 2012-2013 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.
A licensed program with a new
curriculum that meets early learning standards set by the State of
· Music and large motor activities are offered with an emphasis on socialization
· Professional, loving staff
Come join the program that has been preparing our children for Kindergarten for 30 plus years.
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UP COMING EVENTS
The 2013 Summer brochure Is here!!
June 3rd - Tennis Instructions
Take advantage of Bryan's 7 tennis courts around town and learn how to play a sport that will provide fun and exercise for a lifetime. Tennis makes a great life-long sport that not only promotes physical fitness but also serves as a great activity that the whole family can enjoy. It is an ideal sport for players of all ages, and regardless of your skill level we have something that will meet your needs. Bring your racquet and a desire to learn, balls will be provided. Class sizes are limited. The Parks & Recreation Dept. and Meredith McDonagh will be offering different levels of tennis instructions. The Beginners Level is designed to teach new players or those with very little tennis experience. Players will learn the fundamentals of the game including proper racquet grip, stance, forehand, backhand, serving, and rules of the game. The Intermediate Level will focus on competitive training to expand considerably the range of experiences to which a young player is exposed. Stroke drills, strategy sessions, and match play are intensified while allowing the junior players to enjoy their game and the companionship of fellow players. Tennis is a game for life and the youth participating in this program will have a great start. This level gives competitive training players a chance to turn up the volume of their game and work out doubles strategy with the players with whom they are competing.
Classes are held at the Recreation Park tennis courts, which are beside the Imagination Station, and will be held on Monday through Thursday, for two weeks (8 lessons). The cost is $35.00 per student. Class dates are June 3rd through 13th, with rain dates of June 7th and 14th. Beginner’s level is from 9:00 – 10:00 AM and Intermediate level is from 10:00 AM– 11:00 PM. Call the Parks and Recreation Department (419-633-6030) to register.
June 10th - Arts & Crafts
The Parks and Recreation Department is offering an Art In The Park Class this summer for children ages 3-10. Kids will get to try something new each day and each day will be an adventure! Your child will create art while also enjoying the Parks that the City of Bryan has to offer. Children will have the opportunity to make fun, hands on art projects with adult supervision. Classes will rotate from Roseland, Garver, Hitt and Moore Park; schedules will be mailed to everyone that registers before the first class. All materials are included and this class will run Monday through Thursday mornings for four days; June 10th-13th and there is a limit of 12 students per age group. Children ages 3 & 4 go from 9:00-9:30 AM with a fee of $10.00; ages 5-7 go from 9:45-10:45 AM with a fee of $15.00 and ages 8-10 go from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM with a fee of $15.00. Call the Parks and Recreation Department at 633-6030 for more information or to register.
June 11th - "F3" Flowers, Friends, & Fun
Do you like flowers? Do you want a night out with your friends? Come enjoy some fun at this “F3” class. “F3” is a floral Design class where you can enjoy a fun, creative evening with your friends or make new friends. Make an arrangement for that special someone or keep it for yourself. You will learn design styles and techniques that the florists use in their everyday work atmosphere. You will design a beautiful floral arrangement that you will take home with you. The theme for this class will be “April Showers” and it will be held on Tuesday, June 11th from 6:30-7:30 PM at the Community Center on Buffalo Road. The fee is $30.00 and all material will be provided. Class size is limited to the first twelve to register; so register early by calling the Parks and Recreation Department at 419-633-6030. To make sure that we will have enough supplies we ask that you register by June 6th. We need minimum of five to hold this class. The instructor is Heather Lockwood, a Florida State Master Designer.
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 email@example.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 http://www.arborday.org/index.cfm
Ohio DNR Urban Forestry http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/forestry/Home/urban/UrbanForestryHome/tabid/5438/Default.aspx
International Society of Arboriculture http://www.isa-arbor.com/home.aspx
Ohio Big Trees http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/tabid/4810/Default.aspx
USDA Forest Service http://www.fs.fed.us/ucf/
What Tree is it? http://www.oplin.org/tree/
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
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
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