Parks & Recreation

Parks & Recreation

The Parks & Recreation Department oversees 11 parks, two pools, the Buffalo Road Community Center, the MacDonald Ruff Ice Rink, and the Bryan Parks & Rec Preschool. We provide a variety of recreational and educational opportunities for residents and visitors alike through our events, programming and facilities.

Our Mission

To create strong ties within the Bryan community in order to achieve diverse leisure experiences, to preserve and utilize the natural beauty of our environment, and to enhance the quality of life.

Location & Hours

Our office is located on the second floor of the Don North Municipal Building at 1399 East High Street in Bryan. We are available by phone 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Our office is open 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Contact Details

To register for a call, reserve a park building or learn more about our park system, call 419.633.6030 or email parks-rec@cityofbryan.com.

Events

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Featured classes include:

Community Adult Walking Program

With winter putting a halt to many outdoor activities, we encourage area adults to sign up for this great opportunity.  Thanks to the Bryan City Schools you will have the opportunity to walk the halls of the Bryan Elementary School during the winter. This activity is for adults 18 and older.  Please carry in the shoes that you are planning to walk in, it is important to keep the hallways dry and safe.  Please sign up at the Parks and Recreation Department office in the Don North Building to receive your walking pass. All participants must have a  walking pass.  This is a free activity.  Walking will be cancelled when schools are closed for inclement weather and holidays.  This walking program starts January 9th and will run thru March 21st, and is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00-8:00 PM.

 

SILLY SCIENTIST * WINTER THEME

Children ages 4-8 put on your lab coat and step into a world of curiosity and discovery. Children will conduct experiments that fizz, fly, stick and even create artwork! This fun filled class has all new experiments and is sure to strike the curiosity of every little silly scientist. This Winter Silly Scientist class will be held at the East End Community Room (preschool classroom). Join us for some Winter fun!  Call 419-633-6030 to register.   Saturday, January 27th;    10:00-11:15 AM; $10.00

 

MINI CHEFS

Children ages 4-8. Learning just got a whole lot more fun with cooking and gobbling up the tasty new snacks!  We will discover new flavors, make our very own snack and practice safe kitchen skills.  *contact prior to class if there are any allergy concerns*  Class size is limited; call 419-633-6030 to register.  Fun for boys and girls. $10.00 per child; per session.

Saturdays, 10:00-11:15 AM;  East End Community Room

  Session II: February 3rd   Valentines Day Theme

Session III: March 2nd   St. Patrick’s Day Theme

Session IV: April 6th Spring Theme

 

YOGA CLASS

Yoga is a great way to calm your mind and relieve stress while increasing your flexibility, strength and balance.  You’re sure to learn something new, and at the same time, get rid of that stress you’ve built up throughout the day.  Standing, seated and lying down stretches are included in this class, ending with a deep relaxation.  All fitness levels are welcome in this class; although you must be able to climb stairs, for this class is held on the second floor.  Bring a towel or mat to class; it is also highly recommended that you bring a yoga strap and two yoga blocks.  Call 419-633-6030 to register.   Instructor, Clarissa Votaw 200RYT     Tuesdays, 5:45-6:45 PM

Community Center, upstairs;  4 Weeks:  $20.00 per session

Starts February 6th

 

PARENTS NIGHT OUT

PARENTS!!  Go out to dinner or just relax and enjoy some peace and quiet at home on a Saturday night.  Ages 3-10 can spend an evening with Courtney Powell, call 419-633-6030 to register them.   Your kiddos will enjoy crafts, games, playtime and a movie in a fun and safe environment.  Dinner (pizza), snack (popcorn) and drinks are included.  $20.00 per child with additional siblings $10.00 each. East End Community Room (preschool classroom).

Saturday, February 10th,  5:00 – 9:00 PM

Saturday, March 16th,   5:00 – 9:00 PM

 

CHILDREN’S CRAFT AND ACTIVITY

Children ages 4-8 will love making crafts, dancing, and playing while meeting new friends!  They will start with crafts and end with a fun activity to get them moving. There will be different activities at each class, sign up for one or all four classes! There is a limit of 14 children for each class. Children must be registered to attend. Call 419-633-6030 to reserve a spot. Instructor: Courtney Powell

Fun for boys and girls. $10.00 per child; per session.    Saturdays, 10:00-11:15 AM;     East End Community Room (Parks & Rec Preschool room)

Session I: January 20th   Winter Theme

  Session II: February 10th   Valentine Theme

 Session III: March 9th   Zoo Animals Theme

Session IV: April 13th Spring Theme

 

 

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Bryan Parks & Recreation Preschool

For over 30 years, our preschool program has provided children in Bryan and the surrounding communities with an excellent education.

Classes are offered:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday (4 and 5-year-olds)
    8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday (3 and 4-year-olds)
    9:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Spots are available for the 2022-2023 school year, with classes beginning in August. Learn more or register your child by calling 419.633.6030.

MacDonald Ruff Ice Rink: 601 Townline Road
During the winter, this open-air rink serves at the city’s spot for ice skating and hockey. Park patrons can rent skates during open skate times, which are announced as weather permits. Cross country skis are also available to rent for a small fee and can be used at Recreation Park, which is right next door and provides ample room. During the offseason, the ice rink hosts a variety of events, including the Newlyn Quest club’s annual Barn Fest event each fall. This facility is available to rent. Please inquire for details.

Community Center: 1130 Buffalo Road
Home to many of our classes, the Community Center can also be rented for parties, meetings, baby showers and other events when not in use for a park activity.

Recreation Park: 850 Center Street
This 78-acre park is home to an 18-hole disc golf course, the Imagination Station playground, baseball/softball fields, sand volleyball court, basketball courts, tennis courts and soccer fields. The largest park in the city, Recreation Park has several paved paths that are perfect for biking, walking and running. This park also includes a pavilion and amphitheater that are available to rent.

Moore Park & Pool: 1017 Oakwood Avenue
Home to Moore Pool, this 11-acre park was established in 1937. The pool features a 90-foot water slide, zero depth entry and diving areas. In addition to the pool, Moore Park includes paved paths that are great for walking, biking and running. A shelter house and three pavilions are available to rent.

Garver Park: 521 Blakeslee Ave.
Established in 1909, this 13.2-acre park includes paved paths, a beautiful pavilion, playground equipment, a baseball field and walking path.

Mattie Marsh Park: 410 E. Trevitt Street
This 1-acre park, established in 1954, is tucked into a residential area on Bryan’s east side. It features a pavilion with restrooms, a basketball court and playground equipment.

Hitt Park: 220 Bement St.
Established in 1956, this 1-acre park is located on the northeast end of the city. It features a pavilion with restrooms, basketball court and playground equipment.

East End Park & Pool: 1400 E. High St.
Home to the East End Pool, this park includes an expansive 33.3 acres and was established in 1976. The pool features a small water slide and diving board. A baseball diamond, basketball court, play equipment and a pavilion provide space to have fun and relax. This park also features six pickleball courts. East End Park is handicap accessible.

Fountain City Park: 925 Union St.
Skateboarders will find plenty to enjoy at this 7.7-acre facility, which was established in 1999 and is home to the city’s skate park and sledding hill.

Central Park: 430 S. Portland St.
What this park lacks in size, it makes up for in beauty. Established in 1997 and comprising a quarter of an acre, Central Park is a serene spot that includes a fountain, gazebo and walking paths.

Israel Gardens Butterfly Park: 1510 Brenner St.
Whether you stroll through or cruise by, this small park offers plenty of beauty. Established in 1997, it is ½ acre.

Maple Grove Park: Jordan Drive
Serene and peaceful, this 10-acre park was established in 1999 and is a wonderful spot for taking in nature.

Roseland Park: 319 E. South St.
Located in the southeast section of town, Roseland Park features room to roam, a pavilion with restrooms, a basketball court, tennis court and playground equipment. It is eight acres and was established in 1970.

 

East End Park & Pool: 1400 E. High St.
Home to the East End Pool, this park includes an expansive 33.3 acres and was established in 1976. The pool features a small water slide and diving board. A baseball diamond, basketball court,six pickleball courts, play equipment and a pavilion provide space to have fun and relax.. East End Park is handicap accessible.

 

Moore Park & Pool: 1017 Oakwood Avenue
Home to Moore Pool, this 11-acre park was established in 1937. The pool features a 90-foot water slide, zero depth entry and diving areas. In addition to the pool, Moore Park includes paved paths that are great for walking, biking and running. A shelter house and three pavilions are available to rent.