North Course at Mill Creek Golf Course Set to Open

The North Course at the Mill Creek Golf Course is set to open for the 2017 golf season on Monday, March 27 at 10 am. The Donald Ross-designed championship 36-hole Mill Creek Golf Course is located at 1 West Golf Dr., Boardman, OH 44512. Hole #55 will open on Saturday, April 1 at 9 am. The Practice Facility and South Course at the Mill Creek Golf Course are set to open mid-April.

Call 330.740.7112 for the most up-to-date status of the Course in case of inclement weather. For more information about the Mill Creek Golf Course or to make a tee time, visit our website at

Mill Creek MetroParks Re-Opens Roads Closed During Winter

Effective Friday, March 24, 2017 the following roads in Mill Creek Park will re-open to vehicular traffic:
·         High Drive, between the Kirkmere Spur and West Cohasset Drive
·         Calvary Run Drive, between Belle Vista Avenue and Milton Avenue

Due to maintenance work on West Gorge Trail, Chestnut Hill Drive, between Canfield Road and the Kirkmere Spur will remain closed until further notice.

Always use caution when driving on MetroParks roads as many of these roads are also used by pedestrians and bicyclists. Pedestrians and bicyclists should be reminded to also use caution and be aware of vehicular traffic when on these roads. For more information about Mill Creek MetroParks, visit our website at

Notice of MetroParks Standing Committee Meetings and Board Retreat

The Wildlife Standing Committee, Thursday, March 23, 1pm, Classroom A at the MetroParks Farm in Canfield.

The Community Engagement Standing Committee, Friday, March 24, 10am, Classroom A at the MetroParks Farm in Canfield.

Mill Creek MetroParks Board Retreat, Saturday, March 25, 9am, Pioneer Pavilion on Old Furnace Road, in Youngstown.

The Horticulture Standing Committee, Thursday, March 30, 6pm, Birch Hill Cabin, at the end of McCollum Rd. in Youngstown.

Forestry Work to be Performed on MetroParks Property

Asplundh Tree Expert Company will be performing forestry work in the upcoming months on several of First Energy’s existing electrical power line easements which run across MetroParks property, at the following specific locations:

  • Mill Creek Park, along US 224
  • Mill Creek Park, north of Shields Road (between East and West Newport Drives)
  • MetroParks Bikeway, north of SR 446
  • MetroParks Farm, frontage along SR 62

Professional vegetation management crews from Asplundh Tree Expert Company asses each situation to determine the best approach. The forestry work may include cutting trees and brush, pruning trees, herbicide treatment of stumps and spot application of herbicide to specific vegetative species. This is an ongoing approach by First Energy to maintain proper clearances around their utility easements. For additional information, please contact Asplundh representative AJ Witherow at 330.303.9863.

Mill Creek MetroParks Improvements will Begin with Bid Approval by Board

Mill Creek MetroParks Board of Park Commissioners awarded bids on two projects totaling $179,647.20 as part of this year’s capital improvements plan:  Construction of the Wet Playground at Wick Recreation Area and Tennis & Basketball Court Improvements at Volney Rogers Field. These two projects are part of the $3.2 million in improvements scheduled to be completed in 2017, which is the first year of a fifteen year, $29 million capital improvement plan that was presented to the Board in 2016.  “It is an exciting time for Mill Creek MetroParks as we move forward with our commitment to the community of providing park, recreational and open space facilities of regional significance.  Our future is inherently linked to our past and these two projects are an acknowledgement of that past, presented in an exciting new way,” says Mill Creek MetroParks Executive Director Aaron Young. 

The first bid project awarded is the construction of a new wet playground at the Juliana Kurinka Children’s Play Area located at the James L. Wick, Jr. Recreation Area in Mill Creek Park. The wet playground project was awarded by the MetroParks Board of Park Commissioners on March 13, 2017 to Daniel A. Terreri & Sons, Inc. for the total amount of $80,079.50.

 The wet playground is the fourth playground to be constructed as part of the Children’s Play Area and will be a zero-depth water play environment. The features will consist of various interactive water play elements which include bubblers, sprays, cannons and dumping buckets. This variety will offer diverse water play opportunities, maximizing play for all ages and abilities with a main area for older children and a distinct area for younger children, while still providing opportunities for inter-generational play. The wet playground will also provide children with interactive opportunities for development of individual motor skills and collaborative, social play with others as well as providing dynamic auditory and tactile sensory experiences. “The Wick Recreation Area was originally developed in the 1960’s and an “old-fashioned” spray basin was included as part of the playground. This original spray basin was a very popular feature and had continued use by the public until 2012 when the new Children’s Play Area was developed. It is exciting that interactive water play will be returned once again for families to enjoy throughout the summer months”, says MetroParks project manager Stephen Avery. The wet playground has an anticipated completion date of June 2017.

The second bid project awarded is the Tennis & Basketball Court Improvements at Volney Rogers Field. The Volney Rogers Field project was awarded by the MetroParks Board of Park Commissioners on March 13, 2017 to Penn-Ohio Sealing Company for the total amount of $99,567.70.

The project is located at Volney Rogers Field in Mill Creek Park and consists of improving the existing tennis and basketball courts. The improvement will consist of cleaning and crack-filling the existing courts, adding a new course of asphalt, and applying a new acrylic playing surface with court line markings. A new feature added to the tennis courts will be striping for two new pickleball courts.  These courts will facilitate play for the increasingly popular sport of pickleball. Additionally, a new asphalt trail will be constructed to connect the basketball courts with an existing asphalt trail. In addition to the resurfacing project, the MetroParks will replace the wood facing of the existing tennis practice wall. These improvements will offer high quality tennis, pickleball and basketball experiences for all ages and abilities. Justin Rogers, MetroParks project manager states, “The tennis and basketball courts at Volney Rogers Field have been a popular recreational destination for years. Through this project, not only will the playing conditions of these courts improve, but a new recreational opportunity of pickleball will be added.  This project demonstrates the MetroParks commitment to reinvesting in existing MetroParks’ infrastructure while expanding the level and opportunities for play to a wider, more diverse audience.” The Volney Rogers Field improvements have an anticipated completion date of June 2017.

Notice of MetroParks Standing Committee Meetings

The Nature Education Standing Committee to the Board of Park Commissioners of Mill Creek MetroParks, will meet on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in Classroom A at the MetroParks Farm.

The Environment Standing Committee to the Board of Park Commissioners of Mill Creek MetroParks, will meet on Friday, March 10, 2017, at 10 a.m. in Classroom A at the MetroParks Farm.

Notice of March Board Meeting

The next Regular Meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners of Mill Creek MetroParks has been scheduled for Monday, March 13 at 6 p.m. at the MetroParks Farm (7574 Columbiana-Canfield Rd., Canfield, OH 44406). The agenda will be available after 2 p.m. on the day of the meeting.

Mill Creek MetroParks Road Closures

The following roads in Mill Creek MetroParks will be closed to vehicular traffic as well as cyclists and pedestrians from approximately 6:30 a.m. until Noon on Sunday, March 5, 2017 for the Youngstown Road Runners Distance Classic Half Marathon:

• New Cross Drive
• Bears Den Drive
• Cross Drive
• West Drive
• Memorial Hill Drive
• West Glacier Drive
• Robinson Hill Drive
• West Cohasset Drive
• High Drive
• Chestnut Hill Drive
• East Park Drive
• Valley Drive
• East Glacier Drive

Mill Creek MetroParks Drive Closure

East Glacier Drive will be closed to traffic beginning Monday, February 27, 2017 until Friday, March 3, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for shoulder work.  Volney Rogers Field and Tennis Courts will still be accessible during this time.