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Dayton's Public Parks are maintained by the City of Dayton Public Works Staff.  If you observe a problem, please report it to the City at 503-864-2221.  We appreciate your help in keeping our community safe and clean. 
  • Alderman Park
    Located just across the Yamhill River from the Dayton Boat Landing and is accessible off Highway 18 and Kreder Road.

    A small park with an off-leash dog area, located on the east side of the Yamhill River in a peaceful rural setting with great views. The footbridge (closed pending repairs) lends a unique quality to the park that sits on the river's edge and is the perfect area for walking your dog, a quiet picnic or a family gathering.
  • Courthouse Square Park
    Sometimes known as Dayton City Park, Courthouse Square Park is located in the heart of downtown Dayton. This wooded area is full of mementoes of the town's history and is the central gathering place for Dayton's community. 

    Court House Square Park covers one full City block and is the home of many city events including the Dayton Friday Nights (which is held most years) on Fridays in June, July and August. The Park boasts of a Covered Picnic Area and Historic Bandstand and Fountain, a new children's play ground area, basketball court and restrooms.

     
    Free Wi-Fi in the Park

    As part of the Dayton Friday Night series, Online NW is providing free of charge Wi-Fi service, as part of their commitment to the Dayton Community. 

    Online NW, in partnership with the Dayton community and the School District, launched Innovate Dayton, a strategic initiative to create new economic opportunity for the community.  As a critical piece of this initiative, Online NW built in Dayton the fastest internet network on the West Coast and put in place a profit sharing agreement to provide seed funding for new innovation projects. This fund is being used to help students working in the school's new i3 Center, one of the first centers of its kind in the United States.


    The Covered Picnic Area and Bandstand are available to reserve for your family reunion or special event. For more information or to request a reservation, contact the City of Dayton at 503-864-2221 or stop by Dayton City Hall. Park reservations require a signature and acknowledgement of park rules. Check availability on the Park Use Calendar below. On-line requests can be made by clicking here.
    More commonly known as The Nature Trail, Palmer Creek Trail was adopted by Dayton High School's Future Farmers of America (FFA) as a greenway project to connect the school and city-owned land. Future plans are to extend the trail to the Dayton Boat Landing.

    Palmer Creek Trail is currently just over a mile long and runs along Palmer Creek. Enjoy a wilderness walking path with great views of Palmer Creek. It's a great way to exercise and see some of Oregon's natural habitat.
  • Andrew Smith Park

    On February 3, 2014 the Dayton City Council voted to officially change the name of 11th Street Park to Andrew Smith Park per a suggestion from Kathryn Windish. 


    Andrew Smith Park is located on the corner of 11th Street and Church Street in a peaceful residential area.  This park is equipped with a children's play area that includes swings, a climbing rock, and a basketball court.  The park also has public restrooms. This neighborhood park offers local residents a place to relax and connect with their neighbors.

  • Legion Field

    Legion Field is a full City Block in size and is located in the middle of Dayton between Church and Oak Streets and between 3rd and 4th Streets.  Zoned for public use, this park is maintained by the City of Dayton.


    This City Park is co-owned by the City of Dayton and the Dayton School District.  It was the original site of the Dayton Grade School that was built around 1875 and was destroyed in a fire in the 1950's.


    Legion Field is currently used as a Baseball Field by local Junior and Midget Baseball Teams, with the baseball diamond maintained by volunteers during the baseball season.

     

    Park availability can be checked on the calendar below.  For more information regarding the use of Legion Field or to make a reservation to use the field, contact the City of Dayton at 503-864-2221, or stop by Dayton City Hall.  On-line requests can be made by clicking here.

    The Veterans Memorial was dedicated in a ceremony on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm during the 6th annual Dayton Harvest Festival. The Memorial is located in front of the Dayton City Hall Annex at 408 Ferry St.  Several members of the local VFW (Don Hampton, Post 10626) were on hand to help celebrate the memorial dedication.
     
    This Memorial is one of the most significant veteran's memorial projects in the Yamhill County area and provides a visible presence of appreciation to those men and women who have served our country in the armed forces.

    For more information regarding the Veteran's Memorial, please contact the City of Dayton at 503-864-2221 or stop by Dayton City Hall.

Park Hours: Public Parks are open for the use of the public from 7:00 am until 10:30 pm. No person shall be within a Public Park between 10:30 pm and 7:00 am, except for historical or educational demonstration purposes as determined in advance by City Council.

 

General Rules of Use:

 

  1. Disorderly conduct, noisy disturbances or disregard for park rules and regulations shall result in removal from the city park by authorized city personnel.
  2. No peddling, soliciting or commercial activities are permitted within a public park without prior approval of the City Council or their designee.
  3. Possession or use of intoxicating beverages within city parks is expressly prohibited.
  4. Park users shall be liable for damages to park grounds or facilities caused by themselves, their children or their pets.
  5. No person shall permit any animal, belonging to him or to her, to be in a public park unless the person is in constant control of the animal's behavior. Pets or other animals allowed to run at large or to create a nuisance shall be removed and the owner cited.
  6. The person in control of an animal in a public park is responsible to remove any feces within five minutes of the time they are dropped by the animal.
  7. No person shall lead, ride or drive any horse or other animal within any Public Park except for historical or educational demonstration purposes as determined in advance by the City Council or their designee.
  8. Firearms, other than those permitted by ORS 166.210, B.B. guns, air rifles, knives, other than cooking cutlery and pocket knives in the possession of an adult, slingshots or similar objects capable of inflicting bodily harm shall not be allowed in city parks except as otherwise permitted by City Council or their designee.
  9. No person shall build any fire, including fires to cook food, in a public park, except in permanent barbecue stoves or fireplaces maintained by the City, or in propane gas or electric barbecue stoves within 20 feet of the covered eating pavilion located in the NW corner of Courthouse Square Park.
  10. Waste disposal fires or uncontained fires of any kind are expressly prohibited.
  11. No person may affix any placard, bill, advertisement or poster on trees or plantings, historic objects, playground structures, buildings or any other type of structure within a Public Park. The use of nails, staples, tacks, tape and any other method use to afix objects is strictly prohibited on any part of any structure, historic object, tree or playground equipment within a Public Park.
  12. No person shall injure, damage or remove any plant or fixture from Public Parks. No person shall damage, remove or penetrate temporary barriers erected in Public Parks to protect new growth.
  13. No person shall pound or drive any type of stake or sharp object into the ground within a Public Park.
  14. There is NO driving of any type of vehicle within a Public Park.
  15. Smoking and Tobacco use is prohibited on and around all Public parks.

 

Violations of any provision of Dayton Municipal Code Section 2.10, is a class B violation and is subject to a $250.00 fine.

Located five miles upstream from the Willamette River at the confluence of the Yamhill River and Palmer Creek, this 1.4-acre county park has a small boat ramp and ample parking. A footbridge connects Dayton Landing to the City of Dayton's Alderman Park, across the Yamhill.

 

History

Publishers Paper Company generously donated the city lots that became Dayton Landing to Yamhill County in 1966.

 

Dayton Boat Landing is owned and maintained by Yamhill County Parks. For more information on the Dayton Boat Landing and Park, click here.

Yamhill River at the Boat Landing
Due to COVID-19, we are not currently accepting park reservations. Thank you.
Due to COVID-19, we are not currently accepting park reservations. Thank you.

All of Dayton's parks are non-smoking, non-vaping and/or tobacco free facilities.  

Smoking and the use of tobacco and tobacco type devices are prohibited in and around all Dayton Public Parks.  The Dayton City Council passed Ordinance 625 which prohibits smoking and tobacco use in all public parks as of June 1, 2015.  For more information see Section 2.10.2 of the Dayton Municipal Code.

The playgrounds at Andrew Smith and Courthouse Square Parks are open, however, in communities where there is ongoing threat of COVID-19, playgrounds can be hard to keep safe because:

  • They are often crowded and could make social distancing difficult;
  • It can be difficult to keep surfaces clean and disinfected;
  • SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can spread when young children touch contaminated objects, and then touch their eyes, nose, or mouth.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise that you carefully consider use of playgrounds, and help children follow guidelines. If you choose to visit a playground:

  • Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet away from people you don’t live with.
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds 
    • Adults and older children who can safely use hand sanitizer: Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol and rub hands together until dry, if soap and water are not readily available.
  • Wear a cloth face covering, if you can. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on: 
    • Children under age 2;
    • Anyone who has trouble breathing;
    • Anyone who is unconscious, can’t move, or is otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance.

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