A few weeks ago we headed down to Dayton, Ohio for something to do. We checked out the US Air Force Museum and before heading home we stopped at the River Scape Metro Park. We wanted to make sure we saw the Five River Fountain of Lights before we left. It’s a really impressive fountain. It’s actually one of the largest fountains in the world. There were other things to do at River Scape park as well but I will tell you about that in another post.
When the Fountain Operates
The first thing that I wanted to point out is that the fountain operates every day starting Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Labor day is coming up soon so if you don’t get a chance to see it before then, you will have to wait until next summer.
The fountain doesn’t continuously run. You have to catch it at the top of each hour. Each time it start it is 4 minutes before the top of the hour. And then it only runs for 8 minutes each time. When we got to the park, we had to wait for a little bit but there were other things to do and see while we were there waiting.
What the Fountain Represents
There are five regional rivers in Dayton. The Great Miami River, Mad River, Stillwater River, Wolf Creek, and Twin Creek. There are five tower spires representing each of the rivers and a center geyser to represent the Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer which happens to be one of the nation’s most plentiful aquifers.
The fountain is at the confluence of the Great Miami and the Mad River. These fountains shoot almost 200 feet high and 400 feet across. Pretty impressive huh? It was put in place back in 2001 I believe when the River Scape Metro Park was finished. After sunset, there are fountain lights that come on with rotating colors. We weren’t there after sunset though so I don’t know what it looks like then. I can imagine it’s really pretty.
It was really beautiful during the day too. It was really sunny that day so every once in a while the sunlight would catch the water the right way and we could see rainbow colors. There is also a bike path along the river and when the fountains start up, you can walk underneath the spraying water to cool off.
Where to see it
The Five River Fountain is the focal point of River Scape Metro Park so you can see it from there. You can even walk right beside it on the bike path along the river. In the above photos you can even see a green catwalk bridge. This bridge is for pedestrians so you don’t have to worry about traffic or anything. It gives you a great view of the whole fountain with the city scape/skyline behind it.
I have been told you can get a great view of the fountain and Dayton’s skyline from Deed Point. It’s another park close by with open green lawn where some people like to picnic. There is also a statue of Wilbur and Orville Wright facing the river at Deed Point. Dayton is the birthplace of Aviation!
It was a lot of fun and a beauty to see. Next time we head to Dayton (there’s still a lot we want to see there) we will have to head over to Deed Point.
Check out this link for more information about the Five River of Lights Fountain
Check out this link for more information about the River Scape Metro Park