Give to the MetroParks

Mill Creek MetroParks is a place of amazement. From the cascading water of Lanterman’s Falls, the solitude of the trails, the faces of children as they see animals in their natural habitat, to the breathtaking beauty of Fellows Riverside Gardens, visitors to the MetroParks experience the wonder and awe that is the “Green Cathedral” every day.

One hundred and twenty-five years ago, Volney Rogers looked toward the future and envisioned a place where the air was pure, the sunshine was bright and the shade was abundant. He saw a place for rest as well as recreation. Ever since, our community has embraced the great tradition of the MetroParks. Your gift supports those traditions. It’s a gift to the community, to your children, and their children.

The tax levy that supports the MetroParks helps cover our operating costs and the day to day maintenance of our properties and facilities. To survive and grow, we rely on the generous contributions of individuals, groups, corporations and foundations. We hope you’ll give at one of the levels listed below.

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Tribute/Memorial Gifts

Honor a loved one while helping to enhance conservation, stewardship, and education programs throughout Mill Creek MetroParks.

General support and financial contributions are always welcome, or select from an arrary of tribute gift options.

Also, you can include the Mill Creek MetroParks Foundation in your estate plans. Gifts such as bequests in a will or trust, IRA designations, gifts of appreciated stock, life insurance and other alternatives will create a legacy that lasts a lifetime.

Gifts from $100 - 1,500

• Songbird Box: attracts bluebirds, tree swallows, and other small birds

Owl Box: attracts eastern screech owls or American kestrels.
Wood Duck Box: attracts wood ducks, other species and songbirds.

• Mutt Station: helps keep the MetroParks free of pet waste and pays tribute to your four-legged friend.

Bike Rack



Gifts from $2,000 - 5,000

Picnic Table – at select locations in the MetroParks

Conversation Area Plantings – or other amenities to restore natural areas

Formal Planting Bed – in select landscape areas

Information Kiosk – at select locations

• Flagpole – at select locations

In addition to providing you with a donation receipt, notification of your tribute gift is sent to the recipient you indicate, acknowledging your thoughtfulness in making such a contribution and what it means for the MetroParks.

Call Mill Creek MetroParks Administration Office at 330.702.3000 for more information.

Mill Creek MetroParks Foundation

MCP Foundation logoThe Mill Creek MetroParks Foundation, created in 1979, was established to honor our heritage and invest in the future. The Foundation’s mission calls for it to help preserve the MetroParks through the purchase or improvement of land or facilities and provide educational opportunities for all to enjoy.

Gifts in any amount are welcome and are treated with care and appreciation.

Your generosity helps preserve natural and historical resources, construction of trails through scenic greenways, and development of new parklands and facilities throughout all of Mahoning County.

Although we are supported by a tax levy in Mahoning County, these monies support only our day-to-day operations. Your gift provides a variety of services and programs beyond the limitations of our typical budget.

Your gift to the Mill Creek MetroParks Foundation is a gift to our community. If you would like to see how your donation makes a difference, call Mill Creek MetroParks Administrative Office at 330.702.3000 to arrange a tour of any of our facilities.


Gifts may be made to the Mill Creek MetroParks Foundation through cash donations, by credit card, appreciated securities, and bequests or other forms of estate planning.

Increase the value of your gift! Make your check of $100 or more payable to the Youngstown Foundation Support Fund, write Mill Creek MetroParks Foundation in the memo section, and mail it to us. We will forward it to the Youngstown Foundation, where it will earn an additional 5%.

You may designate your gift toward general park operations, and we will use it where it’s needed most. If you have a special interest that is near to your heart, your contribution can also be made to one of the following:


  • Fellows Riverside Gardens
  • Ford Nature Center
  • Lanterman’s Mill
  • Lily Pond
  • MetroParks Bikeway
  • MetroParks Farm / Agriculture Education
  • Mill Creek Golf Course
  • Natural Areas
  • James L. Wick Recreation Area
  • Yellow Creek Park


  • Children’s Play Area at the Wick Recreation Area: Play components are needed to finish the Tot, Sand and Adventure Playgrounds. Funding is also needed for the construction of the Wet Playground.
  • Lily Pond: A master plan has been created for the restoration of this beloved treasure. A boardwalk, viewing platforms and other upgrades to make the area accessible are in the works. See the plan here.
  • Fellows Riverside Gardens Master Plan: Expansion of the Family Garden into a unique horticultural destination for families, construction of a new Horticulture Maintenance Center and the creation of better access from the surrounding neighborhoods.
  • Mill Creek Golf Course: A new Learning Center will allow for the expansion of our junior golf program, encourage new golfers and keep current golfers interested and excited about the game of golf.
  • Lanterman’s Mill: Help preserve one of Mahoning County’s most historic landmarks by contributing to the Lanterman’s Mill Preservation Fund. Repairs are ongoing—there is always a broken gear, inoperable water wheel or an infrastructure issue waiting on the horizon.

Legacy Gifts

Mill Creek MetroParks legacy giving program offers a unique way to be a leader in protecting green space in Mahoning County.

By including Mill Creek MetroParks in your estate plans, you can help preserve and expand the natural beauty of our landscape while planning your financial future.

In addition to leaving a lasting legacy that can be enjoyed by future generations, planning your gift may also provide you with significant personal tax, estate and financial planning benefits. A planned gift can be much more substantial than you ever imagined, offering you the joy and pleasure of becoming a philanthropist for Mill Creek MetroParks. If you would like more information about how you can create a legacy of your own design, call the Development Office at Mill Creek MetroParks Administrative Office at 330.702.3000.

If you have already included Mill Creek MetroParks in your estate plans, we would love to hear from you so we can include you in the Volney Rogers Society, our Legacy Giving program. Please call Mill Creek MetroParks Administrative Office at 330.702.3000.


  • Bequest – One of the easiest ways to give, you just need to include the Mill Creek MetroParks Foundation as a beneficiary in your will.
  • Retirement Plan – Leave a percentage—or all—of your retirement plan assets to Mill Creek MetroParks Foundation.
  • Life Insurance – Donate a life insurance policy that’s no longer needed.

Partners in the Park

The many free events offered by Mill Creek MetroParks have entertained families for generations.  To ensure these popular programs remain free to the public, a partnership program that connects local businesses to the MetroParks has been developed to do just that.

In line with our 10-year strategic plan, Partners in the Park is part of a broader effort to implement a viable, comprehensive cost recovery plan for programs and services the MetroParks offers.   Businesses and organizations can participate as a Partner at a variety of levels, and the exposure our partners receive through our marketing efforts is invaluable.  Below are the events that are a part of our Partners in the Park program.  To join the program or for more detailed information, please call the Mill Creek MetroParks Administration Office at 330.702.3000.

MetroParks Family Events

  • Kite Festival
  • Farm Animal Baby Shower
  • Book Festival: Plant the Seed to Read
  • Movie Under the Stars
  • Reptile Show / Bug Day
  • Garden Adventure Day
  • Sunset at the Farm
  • Pumpkin Walk at Twilight
  • Olde Fashioned Christmas at the Mill
  • Winter Celebration
  • Santa’s Winter Barn

Live! at the Morley Concert Series

Since 1994, tens of thousands of people have enjoyed our free, outdoor concert series at the Judge Leo P. Morley Performing Arts Pavilion, located in the Wick Recreation Area.  From mid-June until the last Wednesday in August, music from a variety of genres fills the air to the delight of young and old.  Naming opportunities for the entire series, as well as other partnership options are available.

Fundraising Events

MetroParks fundraising events have a reputation for being fun, fabulous and fantastic.  Each one raises money for a specific facility or project, such as Fellows Riverside Gardens, agriculture education programs for children, or the Lanterman’s Mill Restoration Fund.  A complete partnership package for each is available by calling the Mill Creek MetroParks Administration Office at 330.702.3000.

  • Garden Party – Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens event (July)
  • Green Cathedral Half Marathon (September)