Design changes for Riverscape River Run

Low dam River Run Project in Dayton. (Photo/Five Rivers MetroParks)
Low dam River Run Project in Dayton. (Photo/Five Rivers MetroParks)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Designers are tweaking the plans for the new Riverscape River Run.

It will include improved access to the Great Miami River and a better experience for kayakers along the whitewater.

The biggest change is that the whitewater play feature will be located where the low dam exists now. It will be closer to the Dayton Art Institute. The low dam will be removed as already planned.

“The new location of the second structure further downstream also allows the benefits of the project to be more broadly spread in the community,” said Carrie Scarff, Five Rivers MetroParks Deputy Director. “This location ties more strongly to the west side of Dayton, strengthening the river’s role as a uniting force in our city. RiverScape River Run will provide a way for everyone in our community to enjoy the river and experience the outdoors.”

The other feature, a smooth water ride for beginners, will remain at Riverscape MetroPark as originally planned.

The design change does add time to the construction plans. Construction is now set to begin in July 2015.

Several other construction projects, including the I-75 Project, have influenced the River Run’s design.

Once finished, the new design will allow for a better whitewater experience and access to the river. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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