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Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Outdoors, Lifestyle & Recreation

In Dayton, we’re blessed with an abundance of local parks, waterways, bike trails and more. So it’s no surprise that Outdoor Magazine named our town one of “America’s best towns ever.”

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Below are reader favorites in categories like Best Route for a Walk or Run, Best Gym, and Best Place to Get Your Adrenaline Pumping. 

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Best Bike Route

WINNER: Great Miami

This 75-mile trail in Southwest Ohio connects several cities and towns, including Dayton, Franklin, Miamisburg, Huber Heights, and Vandalia. | Website

SECOND PLACE: Little Miami Scenic Trail, visit website

THIRD PLACE: Germantown Bike Path, visit website

Best Dog Park

WINNER: Oak Grove

1790 E Social Row Rd, Dayton | Website 

SECOND PLACE: Deeds Point, 510 Webster St, Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Montgomery County Bark Park, 6790 Webster St, Dayton

Best Golf Course

WINNER: The Golf Club at Yankee Trace 

10000 Yankee St, Centerville | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Miami Valley Golf Course, 3311 Salem Ave, Dayton

THIRD PLACE: NCR South - NCR Country Club, 4435 Dogwood Trail, Kettering

Best Gym

WINNER: Femme Fatale Fitness

4049 Marshall Road, Kettering | FacebookWebsite 

SECOND PLACE: Rinse Cycle, 124 E. 3rd St., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: MVP Dance Fit, 2782 Wilmington Pike, Kettering

Best Local Athlete

WINNER: Marqies Williams, Fairmont High School

SECOND PLACE: Braxton Miller, Wayne High School graduate

THIRD PLACE: Seth Grubb, Dixie High School

Best Park

WINNER: Carillon Historical Park 

1000 Carillon Blvd, Dayton | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Cox Arboretum, 6733 N Springboro Pike, Dayton

THIRD PLACE: RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton

Best Place for a Picnic

WINNER: Carillon Historical Park 

1000 Carillon Blvd, Dayton | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Golden Gate Park, 545 Upper Lewisburg Salem Rd., Brookville

THIRD PLACE: Cox Arboretum, 6733 N Springboro Pike, Dayton

One person uses the CityScape splash pad to stay cool as temperatures climb to near-record highs Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in Phoenix. The National Weather Service forecasts a high of 120 degrees (49 degrees Celsius), which is has only hit three times in recorded history in Phoenix, the last time 22 years ago. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

Best Place for the Kids to Cool Off

WINNER: Kennedy Park Splash Pad

5073 Oak Tree Dr. S, Kettering | Website

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SECOND PLACE: RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: The Greene Town Center, 4450 Buckeye Ln, Beavercreek

Best Place to Get Your Adrenaline Pumping

WINNER: Femme Fatale Fitness

4049 Marshall Road, Kettering | FacebookWebsite 

SECOND PLACE: Rinse Cycle, 124 E. 3rd St., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Urban Krag, Clay St., Dayton

Best Route for a Walk or Run

WINNER: Sugarcreek MetroPark

4178 Conference Road, Bellbrook | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum, 118 Woodland Ave, Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Great Miami River Trail, visit website

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