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!

Levee work nears completion

Aftelevee_swingsr more than two years, work on the levee protecting McPherson Town from the Great Miami River on the neighborhood’s southern border is almost complete. New trees were planted at the base of the levee in 2013 after the trees on top of the levee had to be removed for flood protection, followed by the replacement of a crushed stone walking path on top of the levee, new steps and hand rails, waste cans, doggie bag dispensers and finally these lovely swings (which were installed this week). New lighting is yet to come. Stop by for a spell, swing, and catch the best view of the city!

Annual McPherson Town Chili Cook-off held

Thanks ev2014ChiliWinnersSeryone for another unbelievable McPherson Town Chili Cook-off!. We had a super field of 15 entries.

Thai Fusion Chili took the gold this year. The not-now-secret ingredients were peanut butter and chocolate. Who can go wrong with that? So close to the top overall voting was an exquisite Turkish 7 Spice Chili that took the silver ladle and Bison and Beer Chili took the bronze. A Lentil and Sweet Potato Chili won the first green ladle ever presented in the new vegetarian category.

Congratulations winners! And thanks again to everyone who came to share another great evening with friends and neighbors. Already looking forward to next year!