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 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 September 22nd, from5:30-6:15 P.M.




Belly Dance


Introduction to Belly Dance - (women age 15 and up) Have you always wanted to find out what belly dancing is all about?  Come for this ONE-NIGHT-ONLY class and learn about the history of belly dance, see a demonstration, and try out some moves.   Enhance rhythm, grace, and beauty with the timeless art of belly dance! This feminine way to exercise tones muscles, enhances strength, and provides a low impact aerobic workout. Whatever your age or body type, you can be a belly dancer! 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. This class will be held at the Community Center on Buffalo Road, upstairs. A minimum of 4 students is required to hold the class, and pre-registration is highly advised. The cost for this one night class is $10.00 and will be held on Monday, September 22, 6:30-7:45 P.M.  Please call 419-633-6030 to reserve your space.







Sports Nutrition Classes


The Bryan Parks & Recreation Department will be having Sports Nutrition classes for 6-12 graders on why proper nutrition is important for both competitive athletes and those who just enjoy regular physical activity.  Consuming well-balanced meals & snacks and staying hydrated enables the body to adjust to training, obtain optimal performance, and assists in effective recovery.  Join Michelle Price, RD,LD,CDE,IBCLC,RLC- Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, in an educational series of classes focusing on sports nutrition and take a step toward achieving better performance and proper hydration.  This is a two class session; you may register for one for $15.00 or both for $25.00, at-home reference materials included in class fees.  You can choose to attend classes on Tuesday OR Saturday, times are listed below.  All classes will be held at the Community Center on Buffalo Road.  Registration is requested so that we can supply enough material; please call 419-633-6030.


Fueling Performance:  

Middle School Grades 6 - 8  Tuesday, September 23, 2014  6:00 – 6:45 p.m.   

                                          Saturday, September 27, 2014  1:00 - 1:45 p.m.                                                               

High School Grades 9 – 12 Tuesday, September 23, 2014  7:00 – 7:45 p.m.

                                        Saturday, September 27, 2014  10:00 – 10:45 a.m.


Proper Hydration       

Middle School Grades 6 - 8  Saturday, September 27, 2014  2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

          Tuesday, September 30, 2014  6:00 – 6:45 p.m.   


High School Grades 9 – 12  Saturday, September 27, 2014  11:00 – 11:45 a.m.

                                         Tuesday, September 30, 2014  7:00 – 7:45 p.m.






Cheer 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 September 29, October 1, October 7, & October 9; 4:00-5:00 PM and follow up with cheering under the Friday night lights with the Bryan Golden Bear Cheerleaders at the football game on October 10th.  Classes will be held at the Community Center.  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.    






Tribal Belly Dancing Classes


(women age 15 and up) Enhance rhythm, grace, and beauty with the timeless art of belly dance! This feminine way to exercise tones muscles, enhances strength, and provides a low impact aerobic workout. Classes will build on a foundation of American Tribal Style (ATS), rooted in traditional Middle Eastern forms and infused with modern dance, Flamenco, and Indian styling.  This improvisational group format consists of a shared movement vocabulary, which allows you to engage and interact with your dance community in a fun, supportive, and rejuvenating environment.  The method will also draw from instructor Amelie’s training in Gypsy, Egyptian, and Vintage Oriental dance. Whatever your age or body type, you can be a belly dancer! 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 Road, upstairs. A minimum of 4 students is required to hold the class, and pre-registration is highly advised. Classes will begin on Monday, September 29th; 6:30-7:30P.M., and run for 5 consecutive Mondays with a cost of $40.00. Please call 419-633-6030 to reserve your space.   In session one Amelie will take you through the conditioning and drills necessary for elegant and powerful ATS. You will learn the core movements, focusing on posture, isolations, basic steps, and dynamic combinations. No prior dance experience is necessary. 






Church Basketball League

     A reminder to Parks & Recreation Departments Church Basketball League teams that it is time for last year's teams to call us at 419-633-6030 if you want to have your team entered again into the league.   We would like to hear from you on or before OCTOBER 10TH, so that we can plan our schedule. The Church Basketball League is open to all area churches with priority given to last year's teams and those churches within the Bryan City School District.  Players must be 14 years old by October 1st, not be playing on a high school or college team, and be MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH THEY PLAY FOR.  Games will start in October and be played at the Bryan Middle School.  The schedule runs through mid-February and the fee is $250.00 per team.  For more information or to register your team this season call 419-633-6030.






Women's Volleyball League



     The Bryan Parks and Recreation Dept. is offering the chance for ladies 18 years and older, not playing on a high school or college team, to play in a women's volleyball league this fall and winter.  Games are 2-out-of-3 wins to 25 points with one official and a season-end tournament.  There will be one division (unless we have enough teams for two divisions) with an official, tournament, and tee-shirts being awarded at the end of the season to the first-place team.  The team fee will be $120.00.  The games will start in October and run through January, and be held in the Middle School upstairs gym.  For further information or to enter a team, call the Bryan Recreation Department at 419-633-6030.  The deadline for entering a team into the league is October 10th.








20th - 4:00 Pizza War Fest

22nd - 5:15 Fulton County Fitness Classes Begin

22nd - 5:30 Yoga Class, Session I Begins

22nd - 6:30 Introduction to Belly Dance Class

23rd - 6:00 Sports Nutrition Class Begins

27th - 10:00 Barnfest

29th - 4:00 Cheerleading Camp Begins

29th - 6:30 Belly Dancing Class, Session I Begins



4th - 8:30 Annual Bridging the Gap to Heart Health

4th -  9:30 Basic Dog Obedience Class Begins

4th - 10:00 Eat Well, Be Active, Sit Less Class

6th -  Ready, Set, Relax

7th - 5:15 Fitness Blast Class, Session I Begins

8th -  6:30 Heart Health Class Begins

10th - Church Basketball League Registrations Due

10th - Women’s Volleyball League Registration Due



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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