Mill Creek MetroParks is soliciting public comment for an upcoming improvement project.  Named after the former Idora Park, the Idora Bridge is located on East Park Drive approximately 0.25 miles north of U.S. Route 62 (Canfield Road) in the Mill Creek Park Historic District. The proposed bridge rehabilitation project includes cleaning the existing stone gravity abutments, wing walls and retaining walls, replacement (in-kind) of timber bridge railing, extending the existing concrete bridge sidewalk, timber posts and railing for approximately fifty feet, replacement of displaced concrete curb, installation of one catch basin and headwall, resurfacing the bridge deck and approach pavement, and other miscellaneous construction related items.

The transportation improvement is scheduled for construction in the summer 2018. The estimated construction cost is approximately $250,000.00 with 80% of the project being funded through a Federal Highway Administration Surface Transportation Program grant. During project construction, the Idora Bridge will remain open to pedestrian and bicycle traffic at all times, but will be closed to all vehicular traffic for a maximum of 45 days. A detour route will be provided for vehicular traffic. Construction, lane restriction, bridge closure and detour information will be posted at the Idora Bridge, along East Park Drive and on the Mill Creek MetroParks website ( prior to the start of construction. Access to parking for Lanterman’s Mill and all other Mill Creek Park facilities will be maintained at all times during project construction.

The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried-out by ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 11, 2015, and executed by FHWA and ODOT. The proposed project will not impact any cultural resources, suspect hazardous waste sites or ecological resources. The project will not result in substantial impacts to the environment either individually or cumulatively.  In compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended (codified as 36 CFR 800), Mill Creek MetroParks requests information regarding the presence of any known cultural resources in the vicinity of the project.  Cultural resources include prehistoric and historic archaeological sites, historic bridges, historic buildings, sites and districts. 

To ensure the proposed project is viable and successful, Mill Creek MetroParks is seeking comments from the public about the social, environmental, and economic impacts of this proposed project. Environmental impacts include those involving archeological, architectural and ecological resources, regulated materials and the general location of the project. Any comments you may have regarding the environmental and/or the proposed project may be submitted by February 5, 2018.

All public comments, questions and/or concerns about the project are welcomed, and should be directed to:

Mill Creek MetroParks
Re: Andrew Steingass, Park Planner
P.O. Box 596
Canfield, OH 44406-0596
Phone: 330.702.3000
Fax: 330.702.3010

Notice of MetroParks Standing Committee Meeting

The Finance Standing Committee to the Board of Park Commissioners will meet on Saturday, January 6, 10:00 a.m., in Classroom A at the MetroParks Farm in Canfield.

Notice of MetroParks Special Board Meeting

The Board of Park Commissioners of Mill Creek MetroParks will meet for a Special Meeting on Monday, December 18, 2017, at 6 p.m., in the Davis Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Agenda items are: Finance Director’s Report, Temporary Budget, Bid Tabulations for Chemicals & Fertilizers, and for Gasoline & Fuel Oil, Golf Pro Contract renewal, Hole 55 Lease renewal, Resolution honoring Commissioner Ragan, Resolution for Idora Bridge Improvements, Arborist position request, MetroParks Foundation Trust Agreement, set date of January Board Meeting, Executive Session.

The Records Retention Committee of Mill Creek MetroParks will met at 5:00 p.m., Monday, December 18, 2017, in the Davis Center in Fellows Riverside Gardens.

Notice of MetroParks Standing Committee Meeting

The next meeting of the Environment Standing Committee to the Board of Park Commissioners of Mill Creek MetroParks is scheduled for Friday, December 15, 2017, at 10 a.m., in Classroom A at the MetroParks Farm, on Rt. 46 in Canfield.

Mill Creek MetroParks Winter Road Closures

Effective Friday, December 8, the following roads in Mill Creek Park will be closed to vehicular traffic for the winter:

•      Chestnut Hill Drive between Canfield Road and the Kirkmere Spur

•      High Drive between the Kirkmere Spur and West Cohasset Drive

•      Calvary Run Drive between Belle Vista Avenue and Milton Avenue 

When closed to vehicular traffic, these roads are available for recreational use for hiking, cross country skiing and sledding. Aside from recreational opportunities, benefits of winter road closures include cost savings associated with snow/ice removal as well as a reduction of negative environmental impacts from deicing salt. All roads will reopen in the spring when weather permits.

In the winter months, snow and ice can create slippery roadway conditions. Roads with limited shoulders, lack of guardrails and steep grades can become increasingly hazardous for motorists. Always use caution when driving on MetroParks roads. For more information about Mill Creek MetroParks, visit our website at or call 330.702.3000.

Completion of New Comfort Station at East Newport Boat Launch

As part of the MetroParks’ ongoing capital improvement initiative, Mill Creek MetroParks is pleased to announce the completion of a new comfort station at the East Newport Boat Launch. This improvement includes the installation of a new precast concrete vault restroom and the installation of a new concrete walkway. This new ADA accessible facility addresses the need for a restroom facility at the East Newport Boat Launch and for the East Newport Hike & Bike Trail. Special thanks is given to MetroParks Commissioner Thomas Shipka and his wife Katie, CXT Inc., Steel Valley Contractors, and Land Approach Ltd. for their contribution towards the completion of this project. 

 The facility is currently open for use. In total, the cost of these improvements is approximately $28,000.

Completion of Capital Improvement Projects at Mill Creek Golf Course

As part of the MetroParks’ ongoing capital improvement initiative, Mill Creek MetroParks has recently completed two improvement projects at the Mill Creek Golf Course: Restoration of the South Course bunkers and expansion of the cart staging area at the Field House. 

 The bunker restoration project addressed thirty-six (36) bunkers throughout Mill Creek’s South Course. Work included excavation of existing sand and soil, installation of new conduit and gravel for improved drainage, and installation of new sand and sod. The contractor, Golf Preservations, Inc., was awarded the project in September for $219,870.00. 

The cart staging area project included construction of two additional parking bays for golf carts. The project included excavation and demolition work, installation of new concrete parking bays, a concrete plaza and asphalt cart paths, along with additional soil and drainage work. The $58,787.50 project was awarded to Parella-Pannunzio, Inc. in September. 

Mill Creek MetroParks presents Winter Celebration: Toyland

From December 2 through December 31, the D. D. and Velma Davis Education & Visitor Center will be adorned for the annual Winter Celebration event, which is sponsored by WKBN 27 First News. This year’s theme, “Toyland” can be experienced by visitors Tuesdays – Sundays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. with special extended hours on Saturdays.  

Bring the family to “come play!”, as you discover Toyland in the Davis Center. Show your kids favorite games and toys from your past as you wander amongst giant game pieces, ten-foot toy soldiers, and more. Plus, participate in a scavenger hunt, and of course, the beauty of seasonal blooms. Guests will also be able to experience the annual tree walk on display throughout the Davis Center where non-profit organizations display their uniquely decorated trees.

Every Saturday in December, the Gardens will be open until 7 p.m. for guests to experience Winter Celebration Nights. The celebration of winter beauty with an outdoor light display, near the Davis Center, the Toy Workshop and Reindeer Games. Plus, find that perfect gift at the Shop in the Gardens and savor refreshments available for purchase in the Garden Café.

Mill Creek MetroParks, Fellows Riverside Gardens is proud to present this family-friendly free event. In the spirit of giving, non-perishable food item donations are being accepted for the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley. Please note special dates for Visitor Center hours include being CLOSED on Mondays.

Spend Your Holiday Weekend in Mill Creek MetroParks

Kick off your holiday weekend with a Black Friday Sale at the Mill Creek Golf Course Golf Shop on November 24. Stop in from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. to get your favorite golfers something special for next season.

On Saturday, November 25 and Sunday, November 26 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. visit Lanterman’s Mill for Olde Fashioned Christmas at Lanterman’s Mill. Sponsored by 21 WFMJ/WBCB, guests will be able to see Lanterman’s Mill dressed in holiday finery for this traditional, family-friendly, free event. Taste chestnuts roasted on an open fire, watch artisans demonstrate old fashioned crafts, purchase unique handcrafted gifts, and enjoy festive entertainment. To share the holiday spirit with others, bring a new hat, scarf, or pair of mittens to decorate a “Giving Tree.” Donated items will warm up children in need this winter.

On Sunday, November 26 head over to the MetroParks Farm for Santa’s Winter Barn. From 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Santa will make an appearance with some of his animal friends from around the world as he gets his reindeer ready for that big night. Come sit in his sleigh for a holiday picture and make a holiday craft to take home. The family-friendly free event is held in the barn which is not heated, so dress appropriately. There is a $1 fee for the children’s holiday craft.


Notice of November Board Meeting

A Regular Meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners of Mill Creek MetroParks will be held on Monday, November 13, 2017, at 6 p.m. in McMahon Hall, at the MetroParks Farm, in Canfield, on Rt. 46. The agenda will be available after 2 p.m. on the day of the meeting.