10741 Dayton Cincinnati Pike
Located at the very southern end of the township this 34-acre park borders the Great Miami River. The Route 25/Great Miami Recreation Trail’s southernmost section runs through the park as it follows the banks of the river. Two thirds of the park is heavily wooded with hiking trails winding throughout the woods, the remainder of the park is green space. One shelter house with picnic table seating for 40 people overlooks the park’s four-acre pond. A second shelter was recently constructed and is now available for reservations. This shelter provides a scenic view of the river, seating for 70 people and running water.
In keeping with the nature theme of this park, there is no electricity or permanent restrooms available at Crains Run. Portable restrooms are located at the north and south ends of the Park. Two paved parking lots provide a total of 50 parking spaces. Adjoining the park property, just across the road at the south end of the park, is a restored canal lock that was built in 1829 as part of the Miami-Erie Canal system. Known as Sunfish Lock, it was restored by Miami Township in 1990.
For further information about the Great Miami Recreation Trail please visit the Miami Conservancy’s web site: www.miamiconservancy.org.
5911 Munger Road
Located at the top of the hill on Munger Road, Miami View Park has something for just about everyone. On its 34 acres Miami View has 6 tennis courts, 4 basketball half courts, 3 ball diamonds, a fishing pond, shelter house with modern restrooms, and playground equipment for the smaller children. In addition to being used by park visitors the tennis courts are also used as the home court for the West Carrollton High School tennis teams. The park can be accessed from two different entrances, the main entrance off of Munger Road has a parking lot for 49 cars, the second entrance off of Flowerstone Drive has a parking lot for 24 cars.
10000 Springboro Pike
The original owner of this 53-acre property, Adam Schantz, gave the property the German name “Waldruhe.” Translated into English, it means “Forest Rest.” The name is still appropriate today as the heavily wooded lot offers a peaceful place for visitors to relax and enjoy centuries old White Oak trees, a variety of woodland wildflowers, and several species of birds that nest and forage throughout the park. Two open-air shelter houses made of oak beams and cedar shingle roofs blend in with the natural setting, and provide picnic table seating for 80 people at the larger one and seating for 72 at the smaller one. Water and electricity are available at both shelter houses. Two swing sets,one slide and a play structure are provided for children. At the present time restroom facilities are limited to portable restrooms. Two paved parking lots provide a total of 36 parking spaces.
4999 Cordell Drive
Formerly known as Bush-Dell Park, Layer Park was renamed in 1998 in honor of Berman E. Layer, a long time trustee and original member of the Miami Township Park Board. This park is located in the northernmost section of the township in Huber plat. Situated on 7 acres that is half shade trees and half open space, Layer Park features a shelter house with modern restrooms and picnic table seating for 56 people. A tennis court, baseball diamond, and 2 basketball half courts are provided for recreational needs. Playground equipment includes swing sets, a sand box, and a play structure. A paved parking lot at the entrance has spaces for 15 cars.
Zengel Park- 2176 Vienna Parkway
This five-acre lot at the northwest corner of Vienna parkway and Innsbruck Dr. was donated to Miami Township by the Zengel family for use as a park. About three fourths of the lot is open green space with the remainder of the lot in mature shade trees. There are several picnic tables located throughout the park and a play structure for small children. This will allow the area to be used for passive and casual recreational uses while preserving the open green space value of the area.
9797 Nettleton Park
Omietanski Park was dedicated on April 11, 2005 and named in honor of Shirley Omietanski, a long time trustee of Miami Township. An Ohio Natural Resources Grant of $141,000 aided in the purchase of the property. This 3.29 acre park is located in the Villages of Miami subdivision. The park features a shelter house and play structure. A paved parking lot at the entrance has spaces for 6 automobiles.
Cox Arboretum & Gardens- Five Rivers MetroParks
Miami Township is also the home of Cox Arboretum, a jewel of the Five Rivers MetroParks system serving the greater Dayton area. Cox Arboretum is a living museum displaying labeled collections of woody plant materials in a landscape setting. Celebrating over thirty years of growth, the Arboretum is dedicated to excellence in the art and science of horticulture. Stroll the 160 acres of natural wooded areas and specialty gardens, where you will see a variety of plants suitable for the Dayton area. The arboretum features numerous educational programs, nature trails, a large water garden, unique birds and wild flowers, as well as an occasional deer sighting. Cox is one of Ohio’s finest free attractions! Volunteers are always welcome and can inquire about opportunities at the arboretum.
Chautauqua Park-8th Street
6051 Eighth Avenue
Chautauqua Park- Cromer Avenue
10200 Western Avenue
9979 Lincolnshire Road