Just a few miles north of RiverScape, where the Stillwater River flows into the Great Miami, is Island MetroPark, an urban oasis with a long Dayton history.
Its roots as a park were planted in the 19th century. Now the park is beautifully restored, and people from all over the area gather for community events, picnics or an afternoon of spotting fish, beavers and soft-shell turtles from the riverbanks, all under the shade of stately sycamore and maple trees. One of the reasons Dayton is a great place for people is because, beginning more than a century ago, conservationists left room to make it a great place for plants and animals, too. Island MetroPark is one of those places.