Mad River Whitewater Park

Client Objective

The client wanted to stabilize a key City of Dayton underwater water main crossing, stabilize the river banks, and remove invasive species, while providing a play spot for a growing local whitewater community.

Active Strategies Process

Over the course of almost six years of planning, designing, permits and fund raising the Mad River project was opened in 2013. 



The project served as a pilot river project which gave the community confidence that a larger river feature in downtown Dayton could be accomplished. That project, the RiverScape River Run, would improve river health, remove a dangerous low dam and improve downstream navigation.

Photo courtesy of Five Rivers MetroParks

Case StudyJames Harper