Always Something to Do
One of the first things visitors usually comment about when they visit Troy is the city’s recreational system. It’s easy to see why. Troy’s city park system includes 32 parks and well over a thousand acres of land, most of which serve as neighborhood parks for family use. Troy has five times the recommended park acreage goal of the National Recreation and Parks Association.
The center of this impressive collection is the Miami River corridor that runs right through the middle of Troy. The latest addition to the area, the city’s bicycle path, is routed along the river and connects to other paths outside the county. There are 30 miles of trails in Miami County and those trails are connected to hundreds of miles of trails that allow bikers and hikers to go all the way to Cincinnati in the south, Urbana in the north and close to Columbus in the east without leaving the trail. The local trails wind through the city and along the river, where it’s common to see blue heron, geese, various songbirds, deer and other native wildlife.
A trip along the Troy portion of the bike path from north to south gives you a good introduction to many of the major parts of the city's park system:
- Duke Park, a 140-acre park with baseball, softball, soccer and football fields, tennis courts, mountain bike trail and walking path. Duke Park hosts softball tournaments, soccer tournaments, American Legion baseball tournaments and is a favorite destination for walkers and families.
- Troy Municipal Park, a 38-acre wooded park hosts countless reunions and is home to the Troy Civic Theatre's unique Barn in the Park as well as a number of tennis courts and basketball courts.
- Hobart Arena, which hosts ice skating, hockey games, arena football games, basketball games, concerts, car shows and other events. Completed in 1950, the arena recently underwent a major renovation project. It houses the Troy Hall of Fame and for years has been the home to the nationally recognized Troy Skating Club and also is home for the Troy Bruins hockey team.
- The Troy Aquatic Park, a new water park with a close to 10,000 square foot main pool that features a 148-foot body slide, 160-foot tube slide and lots of fun.
- Troy Memorial Stadium, built in 1949 and recently renovated, the satdium has been the site of many thrilling Troy High School football games as well as numerous other civic events.
- The Great Miami River levee, which serves as the site for the Troy Strawberry Festival and is a favorite spot for long walks on quiet summer evenings.
- Troy Athletic Field and Softball Field, home to high school baseball and softball teams.
- Miami Shores Golf Course, an 18-hole municipal golf course.
Troy Municipal Park
Troy Aquatic Park
Troy High School Gymnasium
Walking & Bike Trails
The city recreation department oversees a wide variety of leagues and classes. Basketball, hockey, skating, softball, physical fitness, tennis, summer playground sessions… the recreation department has plans for just about everyone and everything. Youth sports also are a big attraction in Troy. Highly competitive leagues exist for all ages in baseball, softball, football, soccer, hockey and basketball. Troy often hosts regional tournaments in many of these sports.
Troy residents can get a good workout year round at the Robinson Branch of the Miami County YMCA, located in Troy. It’s a new facility with complete workout facilities, gym and indoor pool. They also can hit the weights, pool or gym at Lincoln Community Center, which was built in the 1930s and recently renovated.
The most spectacular recent addition to Troy’s recreational landscape is the Hobart Urban Nature Preserve. This 82-acre park is an oasis in the center of town. Its award-winning design emphasizes passive recreational activities. More than 2,000 trees and shrubs have been planted at the park, which opened in 2007. It’s only the beginning, the master plan calls for more than 11,000 trees and bushes to be planted there.
The Hobart Urban Nature Preserve is the recipient of a national award from the American Society of Landscape Architects and has been featured in a number of professional landscape journals. Its mission is to recreate natural habitats that once existed in Miami County. It’s a unique place where you can step off a city street directly into the countryside.
Outdoor enthusiasts have many opportunities to commune with nature in Miami County. Brukner Nature Center, located just west of Troy, includes 165 acres of forested land alongside the scenic Stillwater River. Brukner is non-profit nature preserve famous for its animal rehabilitation program. It not only has miles of hiking trails, but also offers numerous activities and events. It is home to the 1804 Iddings Log House, believed to be the oldest structure in Miami County on its original site.
The Miami County Park District administers 2,100 acres of natural areas with emphasis on passive activities. You can see everything from waterfalls to native Ohio prairie lands to natural woodlands to historic remnants of the Miami-Erie Canal in Miami County’s parks and they all are within a few minutes drive of Troy.
Within an hour are a number of state parks: Indian Lake, St. Marys and Lake Loramie are favorite destinations for boating and fishing excursions. Other state parks offer hiking, camping and hunting. And in just a few hours Troy residents can be at Old Man’s Cave and other natural wonders in Southeast Ohio, at Lake Erie in the North or at the Ohio River in the south.
You might say that when it comes to recreation, the sky’s the limit—and sometimes that’s not even true, since you often can see a hot air balloon or two drifting above Troy on summer days or hitch a ride in a WACO when the planes come to town for a fly-in. Organized team sports, opportunities for individual workouts or just long walks or bicycle rides along quiet paths and streets—they’re all just a few steps out your front door.