Eastwood MetroPark has supported the city in many ways. Located along the Mad River and downstream from the Huffman Dam, the area was prone to floods. As part of the new Miami Conservancy District, the land was purchased to protect the region from future floods. Its protected status also coincides with the preservation of Dayton’s water supply. It served as a quiet place in the country for years. In the 1940s and with the growth of Wright Field, it supported the morale of military workers. In the 1970s, the adjacent lake held the Dayton Hydrobowl races. Today, it hosts portions of the Buckeye & North Country Trails, Mad River Water Trails, and favored Kayak spot, Mad River Run, the Mad River Bike trail, and Creekside Trail.