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.

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 199 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.

 

Events

Download our Fall brochure.

 

Featured classes include:

CHILDREN’S CRAFTS & ACTIVITIES

(Ages 4-7)  We have some fun planned for boy and girls this Fall.   They will start with crafts and end with a fun activity to get your children moving.  Have your child join instructors Courtney Powell so that they can have fun making crafts, dancing, and playing games while meeting new friends.   There will be different crafts and activities at each session, sign up for one or all three!  There is a limit of 12 for each session so call early to reserve a spot (419-633-6030).  Classes will take place in the East End Community Room (Parks & Recreation pre-school room).

East End Community Room

$10.00 per child/per session

10:00-11:15 AM

Session Three: December 11th,Christmas Theme

                      

North Pole Calling

The Bryan Parks and Recreation Department would like to know if your pre-school or kindergarten son or daughter would like to receive a personal phone call from Santa Claus from the North Pole. Santa’s elf secretary will first talk to your child, then turn the phone over to Santa himself.   Santa will ask your child what he or she wants for Christmas and encourage conversation. Signup sheets are available on our website or in the Parks & Recreation Department office in the Don North Building, 1399 E. High Street.    Calls will be made on Monday and Tuesday evenings, December 6th and 7th, from 5:30-7:00 PM.   Return forms to the Parks and Recreation Department on or before December 3rd.   For more information, call the Recreation Department at 419-633-6030.

North Pole Calling Registration

 

 

 

 

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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 2021-2022 school year, with classes beginning in August. Learn more or register your child by calling 419.633.6030.