Full article by Marilyn McConahay at: https://www.tdn-net.com/news/61629/riverway-members-share-marketing-strategies

TROY — Members of Great Miami Riverway met Friday morning at Troy’s Hobart Arena at their 2019 Riverway Summit, sharing marketing strategies among their member organizations.

Members come from a 99-mile stretch of the river, which features paved trails and connected communities, from Sidney to Hamilton, Ohio.

Full Article at https://www.tdn-net.com/news/61449/local-doctors-prescribe-nature-to-children

TROY — Don’t be surprised if next time you take your child to the doctor, they receive a prescription for outdoor nature play.

Local physicians will soon be prescribing nature to children across Miami County thanks to a collaboration between Dayton Children’s Hospital, Miami County Park District, Miami County Public Health (MCPH) and Upper Valley Medical Center/Premier Health.

The Duke expansion property in Troy is getting spruced up for spring thanks to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife program. USFWS biologist Donnie Knight has been clearing the dead honeysuckle and tree of heaven using a forestry mulcher. The removal of the debris will allow the ongoing monitoring and management of invasive species on the 29-acre parcel of land along the Great Miami River.

by Mike Ullery/AIM Media - 

Maggie Atkinson, her son Simon, 19, and daughter Evelyn, 16, from Dayton don’t let wind chills near zero degrees keep them from enjoying the Miami County Park District’s Charleston Falls on Friday afternoon.

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Mike Ullery |Daily Call - Todd Lewis of Casstown enjoys a morning run in the snow along the bike path at the Miami County Park District Farrington Reserve on Saturday.  Full Article.

By Melanie Yingst - Miami Valley Today

MIAMI COUNTY —The Miami County Parks District will begin several capital improvement projects in 2019.

This first project will be adding an operations department barn to the former caretaker’s property at Lost Creek Reserve. The 60-foot-by-40-foot pole barn for the park rangers and operations departments will be used to store and repair equipment.

By Melody Vallieu - Editor, Miami Valley Today -  TROY — Nathaniel Metz’s job is a walk in the park — literally.

Metz was sworn in as the newest ranger for the Miami County Park District on Nov. 27, during the Board of Park Commissioners meeting at Lost Creek Reserve, Troy.

Metz began his service to the park district as a college intern in 2014 and has been with the district since that time. He became a full-time employee in August of this year in the operations department, where his responsibilities included upkeep and the daily closing of the county’s parks.

Full story at Troy Daily News...MIAMI COUNTY — Approximately 23.41 acres of vacant woodland was donated by Terry and Sandra Netzley to the Miami County Park District. The transfer of the property was made official at a closing held on Nov. 7. The land has an appraised value of $100,000. The generous gift came from the former park district board member and his wife with the intention that the land be protected and maintained in its natural state in perpetuity.

Full Article at WHIO  — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has approved nearly $7 million in grants for trails.

The Clean Ohio Trails Fund grants are to improve outdoor recreational opportunities, and 19 of those grants are for community projects that will acquire land for new trails and to build and improve trail infrastructure, according to a release.