Through community meetings, surveys, and direct conversations the City of Dayton listened to resident’s hopes and visions for Welcome Park as their neighborhood park. Based on their guidance, specific improvements are included in the construction project to improve access and usability for residents. The neighborhood entrance at Hopeland Street will get a face-lift and the perimeter path (currently crushed stone) will be paved to make it easier to use for neighbors with mobility challenges. These improvements, and others, are part of the 2022 construction project and will ensure Welcome Park continues to serve those who live closest to it.
At the project’s beginning, the City of Dayton recognized the need to preserve a sense of ownership and belonging for neighborhood youth at Welcome Park as it grows into a regional attraction. Through a partnership with the City of Dayton, Miami Valley Urban League, Miami Valley Mountain Bike Association, and CityWide Development, the Community Bike Fund was established to make sure neighborhood kids enjoy the DBY as much as regional enthusiasts. Funding will be used to purchase new mountain bikes and to support programming focused on teaching basic bike skills and maintenance. The DBY Community Bike Fund creates access to the new mountain bike park while building the cycling confidence and proficiency of area youth.