The Birthplace of Aviation, Dayton was home to the powered flight inventors Wilbur and Orville Wright. Today the city offers great attractions and historical sites, great arts venues, a thriving downtown, gorgeous parks, a variety of sporting sites and wonderful shopping and dining.

Welcome to Dayton! Whether you’re visiting for pleasure or to for a convention or meeting, you’ll discover that Dayton has outstanding arts, culture, museums, sports and recreational activities, as well as nice dining and shopping. On behalf of Montgomery County, the City of Dayton and the Dayton/Montgomery County Convention & Visitors Bureau, visit our dynamic community, which provides big city amenities and midwestern charm.

Visit Dayton and you’ll discover its background of famous inventors, writers, actors and other daughters and sons who have gone on to shape the course of history. Among these history-making daughters and sons are famous brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright, who not only called this great city their home, but also taught the world how to fly.

The Dayton arts community rivals those of larger metropolitan areas. This great midwestern city lis at the crossroads of America and is easily accessible by land or air.

The Department of Recreation and Youth Services was established to provide recreation, arts and culture services to children, families, neighborhoods and surrounding communities in the city of Dayton. The department is organized into an Office of the Director and three divisions: Administration, Recreation and Youth Services, and Golf. The Director’s office is responsible for the department and all of its functions, and has the powers and duties as provided by the Charter, ordinances of the City and all other applicable statutes and laws. This office is subject to the management and control of the City Manager. The Division of Administration is responsible for all fiscal, payroll and personnel, planning, grants and development, research and evaluation, and organizational development and training for the department, as well as all other business and administrative functions. The Division of Recreation and Youth Services manages and operates the City´s community and recreation programs, including youth and adult sports programs, aquatics, special events, cultural, educational and art programs, and youth, teen and senior citizen programs. The division also manages the operation of playgrounds, parks, swimming pools, athletic fields, recreation and community centers including the Riverbend Arts Center, and other related facilities. The Division of Golf is responsible for the overall operation, maintenance, programming and management of Kittyhawk, Madden and Community Golf Courses. The division is also responsible for all pro shop and restaurant operations.


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City of Dayton

Dayton Recreation

Kids Corridor

Ohio Parks & Recreation

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