River Stewards 2022 Cohort: Equitable Park Infrastructure in Dayton

River Stewards 2022 Cohort: Equitable Park Infrastructure in Dayton



Abigail Bruns, Mackenzie Martin, Grace Oldfield, Emerson Phares, Laura Wilker


Presentation: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., 240 Kiefaber St.



The 2022 Cohort of the University of Dayton River Stewards partnered with two urban neighborhoods over a year and a half and initiated a discussion about equitable park infrastructure in the City of Dayton. This project investigates the factors influencing park equity in Dayton such as redlining, funding, city planning, and community outreach efforts. As a way to specifically impact park equity, this cohort will facilitate the installation of two drinking water fountains in Cleveland Park and Highland Park. This project addresses the community's need for accessible and safe drinking water while in the parks ann will impact over fourteen thousand City of Dayton citizens residing in the Linden Heights and Walnut Hills neighborhoods. These drinking water fountains will provide safe drinking water for community members while also fostering a pride of place in their neighborhoods and promoting education on the Great Miami River watershed and Buried Valley Aquifer. This project will outline our community engagement principles, the planning process, project goals and outcomes, as well as include basic information on the Dayton watershed and parks in Dayton. We hope this presentation will start conversations about addressing aspects of inequity found in various Dayton parks, especially regarding access to drinking water fountains. Water is a fundamental necessity for life and it is important that all residents of the City of Dayton have access to clean, safe and fresh water as well as understand the significance of Dayton’s water resources.

Publication Date


Project Designation

Capstone Project

Primary Advisor

Leslie W. King

Primary Advisor's Department

Fitz Center for Leadership in Community


Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Clean Water and Sanitation; Sustainable Cities and Communities

River Stewards 2022 Cohort: Equitable Park Infrastructure in Dayton