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.

 

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:

CHALK COUTURE

Come let your creativity show; although you really do not have to be that creative with Chalk Couture, this is where simplicity meets creativity by using silkscreen transfers and chalk paste.  Make your masterpiece!  You will have fun chalking with reusable transfers where you basically just peel and press to create a perfect design in minutes. Chalk Couture will be changing your walls and halls from drab décor to wonderful wows. Join us and create your own one-of-a-kind beautiful artwork!  All supplies will be furnished by instructor Cyndi Stoller.  Cyndi will have a wide variety of popular transfers at each session along with different seasonal ones, including many new Fall transfers.  There is a limit of 8 for this class, so be sure to register early (419-633-6030).   You can view a sample of the creations on Cyndi’s web page.  https://www.facebook.com/ccscyndiscreations/

Class cost is determined by which surface you choose for your creation; prices range from $20.00-$35.00.  Wood Pumpkins will be available for $20.00.

Session I: September 23rd, 6:30 PM

Session II: September 30th, 6:30 PM

Community Center

 

BASIC DOG OBEDIENCE/MANNERS CLASS

(Dogs 5 months and older.) Want to have a better relationship with your dog and have some fun?  In this class you will learn how to create a peaceful home environment with your dog aided by instructor, Amy L. Snyder.  This Basic Dog Obedience/Manners Class you will not only learn how to train your dog in everyday commands such as sit, stay, and down; you will also learn to prevent or correct some unwanted behaviors.  This class is great for the first time dog owners, shelter dogs, or anyone who feels the need for a refresher course.  All students must bring a copy of their dogs current vaccination record to the first class.  Classes are limited to eight people/dogs to ensure that no one gets lost in the crowd and will run for six consecutive Saturdays.   Equipment required for this class is a buckle collar, a 6 foot leather/nylon leash, and a lot of treats.  The classes on September 25th and October 30th will be at the Jaycee Pavilion all others will be held at the Ice Rink.  NO CHAIN LEADS!

Saturdays, 9:30-10:30 AM

Jaycee Pavilion/MacDonald-Ruff Ice Arena

Six Classes; $65.00

Starts September 25th

 

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 One: October 2nd, Fall Theme

Session Two: November 6th, Thanksgiving Theme

Session Three: December 11th,Christmas 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 poses are included in this class, ending with a deep relaxation.  All fitness levels welcome in this class; although, you must be able to climb stairs, for this class is 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.  Class limit of  14 students.  Instructor: Clarissa Votaw 200RYT

 

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 PM

Community Center, upstairs

5 Weeks (10 classes):  $25.00 per session

Starts October 5th

                      

COMMUNITY “HOLLER”WEEN PARTY!

 (Ages 4th grade and younger) – Let your youngster celebrate Halloween with the whole community in a setting that is FUN and SAFE.  They won’t soon forget an afternoon of SPOOKY FUN at the MacDonald-Ruff Ice Arena which will be sponsored and manned by the Parks and Recreation Department and high school students.  There will be a LOT of PRIZES and CANDY at the many colorful booths.  Crawl through a giant maize (don’t get lost!), fish at the giant pond, jump in the inflatable, or throw hoops over the witch’s hat. Don’t forget to take the  hay ride through the park.  We ask everyone to come in costume and to be accompanied by mom or dad.

Saturday, October 30th 2:00-4:00 PM

MacDonald-Ruff Ice Arena

 

THE CITY – WIDE TRICK-OR-TREAT 

 WILL BE  HELD ON

SATURDAY,  October 30th FROM 5:00-6:30 PM.

 

TRUTH AND TREAT @ MATTIE MARSH PARK

If you have a sweet tooth and want some sweet truth, then this is the party for you!!!  Along with candy for the kids and hot dogs and cider for the weary moms and dads, there will be fun activities and amazing truths to discover, like; “What are the 3 things God cannot do?”  So come taste and see!!!!!   This is a free family friendly event that is sponsored by Eastland Baptist Church.  For more information you can call the Church at 419-636-3835.

Saturday, OCTOBER 30th 5:00-7:00 PM

Mattie Marsh Park

 

 

 

 

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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.