Public Invited to Jan. 25 Workshop on Fairgrounds Vision

By January 16, 2018 News

The Dayton community is invited to attend an interactive workshop detailing progress toward creating a community-minded vision for the former Montgomery County fairgrounds from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25 at the fairgrounds Coliseum. The workshop is free and open to the public.

Premier Health and the University of Dayton purchased the 38-acre property on Dayton’s South Main Street last year, and launched a planning process to create a vision for its development to serve both anchor institutions’ missions, contribute to the region’s economic growth and address community needs.

At the Jan. 25 event, planning NEXT, the Columbus, Ohio, firm managing the planning process for the two institutions will share more about the shape of the overall vision and key principles for the overall development of the site distilled from ideas contributed by community members last fall.

Premier Health President and CEO Mary Boosalis and University of Dayton President Eric F. Spina said they look forward to checking in with the community and hearing how well those principles capture what was heard from the community through the planning process. They said they are pleased with the process so far and the spirit of collaboration with community partners.

During the planning process, more than 42 community groups and more than 600 people generated more than 1,300 distinct ideas. Upon completion of the planning process the partners expect to begin working with development and community partners to put together the pieces necessary to begin the first phase, including financing, for a multiyear, phased development.

To RSVP for the workshop and learn more about the project, including input from community members, visit 

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  • Bob Brogan says:

    The area needs another magnet …. Explore moving the Boonshoft Museum over to the Stewart Street Side of the Fairgrounds …. You would be able to enlarge the Boonshoft possibly 50% with more parking. It would be another attraction for families to attend with easy access to Hotels and 75. You could build a Welcome Center to the area that would also give people a better sense of reaching Carillon Park …. Wright Dunbar Area … Woodland Cemetery …Air Force Museum etc.
    Also…. create a partnership with the Cincinnati Zoo and the Newport Aquarium to have small exhibit areas at the Boonshoft that would help there marketing to the Dayton Area. Museum attendance and membership would probably double at least with the better Visibility.
    Use of land with this purpose would not be a treat to a quiet area.

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