DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) -
Even on a chilly, cloudy day there's something calm about downtown Dayton's Deeds park. It may be quiet with not a lot of foot traffic but it's clean and ready for use.
"Everyday we inspect the bikeways pick up litter, empty trash containers and just inspect them."
Chris Pion is a park manager for Five Rivers MetroParks. The MetroParks and several other agencies keep the more than 330 miles of bikeways
ready to roll. Sometimes the weather creates a big challenge.
Pion says, "Often times rain events can take down limbs or trees and they can fall on the bikeway we do our best to get them off the bikeway to clear them up and get them back to where they should be."
Michael Enright is a conservation biologist with the MetroParks. He keeps an eye on things when flooding rains or snow melt raises the river level.
"Silt is the biggest pollutant in our system. It washes off from different places and it really harms the aquatic life," says Enright.
Runoff brings litter and other debris to the bike paths and parks. However plans are already in place to try and combat the issue.
Enright says, "Preserving the environment is a huge part of what MetroParks does. We do that through preserving river corridors so it acts as a filter and the bike ways are perfect for preserving the park."
A perfect paved path is the goal and there are always ways you can help. Five Rivers MetroPark
is holding an Adopt a Park day on April 20th. Volunteers can clean up the bike paths or do some landscaping. For more information about Adopt a Park day click here