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These urban woodlands have been a natural refuge for Daytonians since 1907.

They're filled with rolling hills, wildflowers, picturesque creeks, wetlands, and dense woods, and offer many outdoor activities to enjoy. If you live at Windsor Place, WaterStone at Carriage Trails, or Properties at Wright Field, they're practically right in your backyard!

There are many great things about Hills & Dales MetroPark, some of which are widely known, and some of which are not. Here is everything you need to know about Hills & Dales MetroPark.

 

It was designed by renowned landscape architects

The Olmsted Brothers was an influential landscape architectural firm from Massachusetts. It was the first ever landscape architecture business in the USA, with its founders being influential in creating the National Park Service. In addition to designing the Hills & Dales MetroPark, they also designed the grounds of Cornell University, Yale University, and Stanford University, as well as many other campuses, parks, and private estates.

 

It features a work of art

In addition to the beautifully designed landscape, Hills & Dales MetroPark is known as a work of art, thanks to its Staged Gates sculpture. The sculpture was installed in 1979 by renowned artist Mary Miss. The installment creates an illusion by arranging narrowing wooden gates in a way that makes them look like theater wings.

 

It contains a learning center

At the very north end of the park is White Oak Camp, a fantastic play area that allows kids to learn all about nature and the world around them. Children are invited to participate in hands-on, nature-based activities, like building their very own shelter.

 

The boardwalk is made out of recycled material

Next to the Sculpture Gates is 'Paw Paw Camp', a picnic area complete with a fireplace and grills. One of the area's biggest features is the boardwalk, which is made entirely out of recycled materials, along with the roofs of the picnic shelters.

 

Take advantage of living near Hills & Dales MetroPark and visit this exciting location this summer!