Mill Creek MetroParks Road Closures

There will be multiple road closures throughout Mill Creek MetroParks this weekend due to the YMCA Community Cup and The Green Cathedral Half-Marathon and 5K.

The following roads will be closed to vehicular traffic as well as cyclists and pedestrians from approximately 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 9, 2017 for the YMCA Community Cup: 

• West Glacier Drive

• West Drive

• Bears Den Drive

• New Cross Drive

• Cross Drive

• West Cohasset Drive

• High Drive

• Chestnut Hill Drive

• Valley Drive

The following roads will be closed to vehicular traffic as well as cyclists and pedestrians from approximately 6 a.m. until Noon on Sunday, September 10, 2017 for the Green Cathedral Half-Marathon and 5K:

• Bears Den Drive

• Cross Drive

• New Cross Drive

• Lily Pond Drive

• West Drive

• West Glacier Drive

• East Park Drive

• Valley Drive

• Chestnut Hill Drive

• High Drive

• West Cohasset Drive

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.

Completion of Capital Improvement Project at Volney Rogers Field

As part of the MetroParks’ ongoing capital improvement initiative, Mill Creek MetroParks is pleased to announce the completion of improvements made at Volney Rogers Field. The primary improvement consists of resurfacing of the tennis and basketball courts. The court resurfacing project, completed by Penn-Ohio Sealing, features a new asphalt overlay, acrylic playing surface, and court lines on the existing six (6) tennis courts and one (1) basketball court. New green and blue surfacing has given the courts a more contemporary look. Also, two pickleball courts have been added to the tennis courts to address the demand for the increasingly popular sport. 

 Additionally, the basketball hoop backboards, rims, and hardware have been replaced, and the tennis backstop / practice wall has new wood facing. A new section of asphalt trail accessing the basketball courts has been constructed, and a preventive maintenance project that included sealing, crack-filling and asphalt patching of the lower parking lot and existing asphalt trails has been completed. Overgrown vegetation has been removed around the court areas and an improved section of the East Glacier Trail features new signage and is now accessible from the facility.

The facility is currently open for play. In total, the cost of the improvements is approximately $110,000. 

Mill Creek Park Golf Pro Nominated for Northern Ohio PGA Award

Mill Creek PGA Head Professional Andy Santor, has been nominated for the Northern Ohio PGA Sections Teacher of the Year Award for the 2017 golf season. The Teacher of the Year Award is designed to recognize a PGA Professional who is an outstanding teacher of golf among the ranks of PGA membership. This award is based on a professional’s overall performance in teaching; unusual, innovative and special teaching programs initiated or implemented; articles published; as well as outstanding golfers the professional has instructed. 

“We’re excited for Andy and all his hard work in dedicating himself to the instructional and player development aspects of the game of golf. His passion for teaching the game of golf to players at every level has created a huge positive for our golf operation at the Mill Creek MetroParks”, says Brian Tolnar, PGA Director of Golf at Mill Creek MetroParks Golf Course. “He’s a very deserving candidate and we’re excited to have him on our team at Mill Creek.”

The Northern Ohio PGA is an association of golf professionals. The mission of the Northern Ohio PGA is to promote interest and enjoyment in the game of golf while enhancing the well-being of its members. This year’s Northern Ohio PGA Sections awards and ceremony will take place at Westfield Country Club in October.

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 7 a.m. until Noon on Sunday, August 27, 2017 for Panerathon:

• Price Road

• Price Road entrance of Fellows Riverside Gardens

• West Glacier Drive

• West Drive

• Slippery Rock Bridge

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 www.millcreekmetroparks.org.

Notice of MetroParks Standing Committee Meeting

The Finance Standing Committee to the Board of Park Commissioners of Mill Creek MetroParks will meet on Saturday, August 26, 2017, at 10 a.m., in Classroom A at the MetroParks Farm, in Canfield.

Mill Creek Golf Course to Offer Tuesday Night League

The Mill Creek Golf Course will be offering a 2-person team scramble league every Tuesday beginning September 12, 2017. The league will run 8 weeks and will consist of two divisions – men’s division and a mixed division. “We’re happy to expand our reach to golfers in and around the Mahoning Valley by offering this fun and exciting golf league at Mill Creek this fall. It’s a relaxing format that is open to players of all ages and abilities. The league scramble format offers a stress free environment for golf, plus an opportunity to enjoy some of the great autumn sights at the Mill Creek Golf Course,” says Brian Tolnar, Mill Creek MetroParks PGA Director of Golf.

Registration is available by calling 330.740.7112 or in person at the Mill Creek Golf Course Fieldhouse. Registration deadline is Friday, September 8, 2017 by 5:00 pm.

Green Cathedral Race to Benefit Wick Recreation Children’s Play Area

Mill Creek MetroParks will host the 5th annual Green Cathedral on Sunday, September 10, 2017. The race will begin and end in the Wick Recreation Area located at 1861 McCollum Rd. in Youngstown, Ohio. Events include The Kids Fun Run beginning at 8:00 a.m., Half Marathon at 8:30 a.m., and the 5K Run/Walk at 8:45 a.m.

This event is open to competitors of all ages and abilities. Awards will be given for the Half Marathon and 5K Run/Walk according to appropriate age groups. The Kids Fun Run is free for children 10 and under and children will receive a participation award. The Half Marathon registration fee is $35 for Early Bird registration (on or before August 27) and $40 through race day. The 5K Run/Walk registration fee is $25 Early Bird (on or before August 27) and $30 through race day. The youth (10 years old and under) Kids Fun Run is free. 

The Green Cathedral is sponsored by 21 WFMJ/WBCB. All proceeds will benefit the Juliana Kurinka Children’s Play Area at Wick Recreation Area. For more information and to register, visit www.millcreekmetroparks.org or runsignup.com

Mill Creek Golf Course Closure

The Mill Creek Golf Course will be closed Friday, August 18, 2017 for the Vindicator’s Greatest Golfer of the Valley Tournament. Both North and South Courses will be closed. The Course will reopen to the public after 5:00 pm. The Practice Range and Par-3 Course will be open all day and available.

Mill Creek MetroParks to Offer Fall Junior Golf Program

Mill Creek MetroParks will offer a new fall Junior Golf Program for children aged 6 to 14 years old on select Sunday’s in September and October. The fall program will rotate between the Mill Creek Golf Course and Mill Creek Wick Recreation Par-3 Course. The program will run on Sunday’s from September 10, 2017 to Sunday, October 1, 2017. The four-week program will include five hours of PGA Professional golf instruction, practice drills, on-course playing time, skills competitions, games, prizes & a tee shirt for each participant. Juniors who do not own a set of golf clubs and wish to participate will be provided with clubs to use for the day by Mill Creek. “It’s great to be able to add this event to our fall line-up of golf instructional programs at Mill Creek. The player development programs for golf at Mill Creek have been exceptional this year and the interest level of the participants has created this opportunity to expand our reach this fall,” says Brian Tolnar, Mill Creek MetroParks PGA Director of Golf.

Registration is available by calling 330. 740. 7112 or in person at the Mill Creek Golf Course Fieldhouse or Wick Recreation Par-3 Course. The cost is $79.99 per junior. Registration deadline is Thursday, September 7, 2017 by 5:00 pm.

 

Notice of MetroParks Special Board Meeting

The Board of Park Commissioners of Mill Creek MetroParks will meet for a Special Meeting on Monday, August 14, 2017, at 6 p.m. in McMahon Hall, at the MetroParks Farm, on Rt. 46 in Canfield. Agenda items are Finance Director’s report, award of bid for parking lot improvements, water quality presentation, Horticulture Standing Committee report, draft collaborative agreement, and Executive Session to consider the appointment, employment, discipline, or compensation of public employees.