Changes coming to Main Street Bridge

In May 2016, a public meeting was held concerning Main Street/SR 48 Bridge over Great Miami River, which sits at the southeastern corner of the McPherson Town and connects the neighborhood to downtown.

Improvements are needed to address the deteriorated condition of the bridge, constructed in 1956, as detailed in this handout provided at the meeting.

Residents and other interested parties were able to review and comment on the planned rehabilitation of the bridge, including asking for pedestrian lighting and attractive handrails on the bridge; replacement of the bricks that memorialize inventors, allow people in cars to see the river, attractive architectural treatments to the exterior of the bridge similar to other bridges recently rebuilt in the city, infrastructure for cyclists on Main Street, as well as addressing the steep slope and lack of cross-walk at the north end of the bridge.

Since May, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the City of Dayton have been working to revise their plan based on feedback given at the meeting. Construction is slated to begin in 2018 and run through the fall of 2019.

Learn more about the history of the Main Street Bridge, first constructed in 1838, but replaced several times over the years, including a graceful 1892 version that was one of Dayton’s first concrete bridges and acted as a model for other bridges that existed downtown for more than a century and withstood the pounding waters of the 1913 flood.

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More than 700 visitors start their holidays with McPT

The sites and sounds of the season were alive in McPherson Town Thanksgiving weekend as the neighborhood hosted the bi-annual holiday historic home tour. Guests enjoyed touring the interiors of 10 historic homes all fancied up for the holidays, as well as fresh-baked treats and cider. We hope you’ll mark your calendars for Thanksgiving weekend 2018 when the holiday home tour returns.

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Photos by the talented Lisa Powell

Neighbors celebrate 10th annual Chili Cook-off

Twenty crockpots and a record number of neighbors filled the Stewart-Powell garage for the 10th Annual McPherson Town Chili Cook-off in October.

Competition was fierce this year. The top winners were each separated by a single vote.

  • First place went to “Betty White Sweet and Spicy.”
  • The silver ladle was awarded to “Chili So Good It Will Make You Build a Wall and Pay For It. ”
  • Our Gold winner from 2015 took home the bronze with her concoction, “Thai Did the Chicken Cross the Road?
  • The green ladle went to the vegetarian entry, “Red Lentil-Coconut Chili.”

And during the course of the night, the Buckeyes pulled off an overtime victory over Wisconsin to stay undefeated, dispelling any superstition to avoid the neighborhood during game days.

First RiverScape River Run drop complete, Second drop started

Construction has begun on the second water feature at RiverScape River Run, the whitewater play park in the Great Miami River adjacent to McPherson Town.

Work on the $4 million River Run project began in July 2015. The first water feature constructed is built atop what was the Monument Avenue low dam. It spans the river near the Dayton Art Institute. The project should transform the low dam — a drowning hazard for many years — into a safe passage for recreational paddlers and a whitewater chute for kayakers.

The second feature sits in front of RiverScape MetroPark on the river – both will be easily accessible for neighborhood paddlers, fisherpeople, and observers.

McPherson Town is excited to have this new amenity on our front door step.

 

North River Walk completed

The North River Walk in Dayton is a beautiful levee-top walkway along the Great Miami River, between Main Street and the I-75 Bridge.

This walkway, adjacent to McPherson Town, now features a sunny, quarter-mile path of crushed limestone with concrete edges. It includes a swing and an accessible ramp as well as waste receptacles and dog-bag dispensers. Views of the downtown skyline are impressive from this North River Walk.

Many thanks to the Miami Conservancy District for these improvement to the walk, an amenity used daily by neighborhood dog-walkers, runners and commuters.

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Annual spring river cleanup

River CleanupMcPherson Town residents participated in Five Rivers MetroParks’ Adopt-A-Park event on April 18 to clean up the northern banks of the Great Miami River bordering the neighborhood. About 20 neighbors joined forces to pick up debris and litter along the river from Main Street to I-75.

In addition to supporting Adopt-a-Park, the effort also supported an experiment with the Miami Conservancy District to see whether letting grass grow along the river’s edge reduces the goose droppings on the adjacent Great Miami Bikeway. 2014’s trial seemed to be effective. We’re looking for more success in 2015!