Mill Creek MetroParks Partners to bring New Recreational Opportunity to Wick Recreation Area

Mill Creek MetroParks is partnering with the Youngstown Phantoms Hockey Team of the United States Hockey League (USHL) and the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation to renovate the former ice skating rink at Wick Recreation Area into a street hockey rink, also known as Dek Hockey. The goal is to provide an additional 4-season form of recreation for both youths & adults. “Partnerships like these are going to allow us to increase recreational opportunities to our park visitors. This opportunity give us the ability to link past history of the former ice rink to a new form of recreation that is growing in popularity,” says Aaron Young, Mill Creek MetroParks Executive Director.


Dek Hockey is a variation of the sport of ice hockey where the game is played outdoors on foot, or with inline skates using a ball. The project comes 15 years after the closing of the original skating rink in 2002. February 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the original opening of the ice skating rink at Wick Recreation Area.

Mill Creek Golf Course Cart Staging Area Project is Set to Begin

The golf cart staging area capital improvement project is set to begin next week at the Mill Creek Golf Course. The project will include an expanded golf cart staging area in front of the Mill Creek Golf Course Fieldhouse which will feature a larger area to accommodate an additional 36 golf carts, pull carts and landscaped areas. All areas of the course will be unaffected by this project and will remain open for normal play and tee times. Parella & Pannunzio Inc. was awarded the project on September 18, 2017.

Mill Creek Park announces big change to its ice rink

Mill Creek Park is teaming with the Youngstown Phantoms and the Pittsburgh Penguins to make the change

Ice skating, Mill Creek Park. Jan. 21, 2016
Ice skating at the rink at Mill Creek Park’s Wick Recreation Area. Jan. 21, 2016

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Changes are coming to Mill Creek Parks’ former ice skating rink at the Wick Recreation Area.Mill Creek MetroParks announced that it is teaming with the Youngstown Phantoms and the Pittsburgh Penguins to turn the ice rink into a street hockey rink.

This would be a four-season rink, meaning that it can be used year-round.

The park hopes this change gives people more options throughout the year.

The ice rink reopened last year where the old volleyball courts once were located.

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Road Closure

West Newport Drive in Mill Creek Park is closed for a road-improvement project. The project consists of improvements to West Newport from Canfield Road to the Hampton Drive entrance, according to a news release. Mill Creek MetroParks aims to improve storm-water drainage and road surface conditions. The project is expected to last about one month.


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Roads in Mill Creek Park closing for repairs

West Newport Drive in Mill Creek Park is closing this week for a road improvement project. 

The project will improve stormwater drainage and surface conditions between West Newport Drive from Canfield Road to the Hampton Drive entrance. 

It will also include curbing repair, shoulder grading, and pavement planning. 

The project is estimated to cost close to $190,000 and is set to be completed by November 3. 

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Wick Recreation Area and Par 3 Course to Close for Season

Located in the James L. Wick, Jr. Recreation Area, the Par 3 Golf Course is a popular 18-hole Par 3 course for golfers of all ages. It will close for the 2017 golf season on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 and will re-open again in the spring. Other various amenities such as the volleyball courts and tennis courts will be closing over the next few weeks for the season. One of the three tennis courts, ball fields, and The Juliana Kurinka Children’s Play Area, with the exception of the Wet Playground, will remain open all winter.

West Newport Drive to Temporarily Close for Improvement Project

West Newport Drive in Mill Creek Park will be closing this week for a road improvement project. This project consists of improvements to West Newport Drive from Canfield Road (Route 62) to the Hampton Drive entrance. Items of construction within this project will improve stormwater drainage and surface conditions of the park drive. Improvements include curbing repair, drainage conduit and catch basin removal and installation, shoulder grading, pavement planning, placing intermediate and surface courses of asphalt concrete and miscellaneous related items. 

The project was awarded to Shelly & Sands, Inc. at a total cost of $183,420.75. The project should be completed in approximately one month. In the event of inclement weather, the work schedule will be delayed and adjusted accordingly.

“Blossom” Art Exhibit on display in the Weller Gallery at Fellows Riverside Gardens

The Weller Gallery in the Davis Visitor Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens presents “Blossom” by Youngstown artist, Daniel Rauschenbach. The exhibit features watercolor paintings which reflect the inspiration of blooms in Fellows Riverside Gardens and the plants throughout Mill Creek MetroParks. Rauschenbach creatively places the plants in vessels from old homes in the Youngstown area.

This free exhibit is being displayed now through November 19, 2017. A Meet the Artist session is available in the Weller Gallery on Sunday, October 15 from 1 – 6 pm. Take this opportunity to meet and visit with Daniel. Rauschenbach is also part owner of Youngstown’s SOAP Gallery located in Downtown Youngstown.

 For more information on the Meet the Artist session or exhibit, visit or call Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330.740.7116.

Mill Creek MetroParks making changes to improve facilities, sites

Four years ago, Mill Creek MetroParks devised a strategic master plan, part of which included making improvements to the park itself.

This year, that capital improvement plan finally began.

A number of capital improvement projects have been going on throughout the summer and will continue to go on throughout the park.

Aaron Young, executive director of the park district, said a wide variety of projects were completed this summer.

“One of them is the Wet Playground at the Wick Recreation Area. If you’ve been there on a warm summer day like these past few weeks, you’ve seen the kids using that. But we’ve also moved forward with a lot of our infrastructure improvements, from storm water infrastructure and also our roads and bridges,” he said.

Volney Rogers Field also had some improvements made, like it’s tennis courts and the pedestrian walkways that lead to them, along with the walkways that lead to the pickleball and basketball courts.

Currently, work is being done on West Newport Drive and the East Cohasset Hike and Bike Trail.

“Those are some of the improvements that are less sexy or appealing as some of the courts and some of the other recreational opportunities. But, without the infrastructure you can’t get to some of those recreational opportunities … We’re pleased with our progress and we’ve got more to do,” Young said.

Next year, the Mill Creek MetroParks board is planning on moving forward with the future design and renovations of the Ford Nature Center. This design project is focused on bringing the center up to MetroParks standards.

Work will also continue into next year on the extension of the East Cohasset trail.

“We hope to begin construction mid-2018 on the bike trail and that would take that from Western Reserve Road all the way to the Mahoning County/Columbiana County line,” Young said.

Overall, the park’s capital improvement plan is long-term.

“It’s governing the MetroParks for the next levy cycle at a minimum, which is 15 years. So, we’re nine months in to the next 15 years,” Young said.

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MetroParks issues advisory on Lake Newport algae

Mill Creek MetroParks is advising park visitors to avoid recreational activities on Lake Newport until further notice due to potentially-harmful algae in the lake.

A MetroParks official said the issue was brought to staff members’ attention Tuesday.

The park district has been in contact with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency on the issue.

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