DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Wesleyan MetroPark in west Dayton is about to get a lot bigger after Five Rivers MetroParks just purchased what they’re calling an “urban oasis” off Gettysburg Road.
It’s a space you might not have even known existed: A scenic pond surrounded by natural prairie and woods, tucked away behind Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.
“The vision was for this land to be a beacon of life within this community,” Pastor Jeffrey Brown said. “An oasis within our community.”
The sprawling 45 acre land was formerly owned by the church. Five Rivers MetroParks bought the land, through a grant.
It will become a part of the already existing Wesleyan MetroPark – nearly doubling the size of the green space.
Planning Manager Eric Sauer said the land will give them a chance to build more trails and offer more outdoor activities.
“We really need to be paying more attention to this part of the community – and we really are,” Sauer said. “[Five Rivers MetroParks will add] picnic facilities, recreation and nature play for the kids. But also this site offers with the lakes behind us, the opportunity for fishing and lake related activities.”
Brown said he’s happy the land will finally be developed for the benefit of the Gettysburg and surrounding communities.
“It’s going to give our community even more positive things to do,” he said. “Our community will be able to have a park of its own in our community where our children can play in a safe environment.”