Outside media coverage of Mill Creek MetroParks

Poland Scout reels in better environment

Noah Dearing loves fishing as much as he loves the outdoors.

When it was time for him to select an Eagle Scout project, he combined his passions and came up with a project that filled the order. He is making 10 used fishing-line receptacles to be placed at Mill Creek MetroParks fishing areas around Mahoning County.

Noah, 16, son of Albin and Kathleen Dearing of Poland, and his 13-year-old brother Gabriel are members of Boy Scout Troop 2 out of the Poland Methodist Church. His father serves as the troop’s scoutmaster. Noah finished his sophomore year at Poland Seminary High School and will be a junior this fall, when he hopes to be able to have his court of honor for the Eagle Award.

Noah said when he started looking at ideas, he had thought about bat boxes, but other Valley Scouts had undertaken that project. He met with Nick Derico of Mill Creek MetroParks, who offered several ideas. Noah selected the fishing-related one.

“This was good timing,” Derico said. “The park just expanded fishing in several areas.”

He said fishing will be offered at Lake Glacier, Lake Newport and Lake Cohasset. Fishing also will take place at Yellow Creek, Vickers Nature Preserve and the Mill Creek MetroParks Farm pond in Canfield. In total, Noah needed 10 receptacles to place at the sites.

The next steps for Noah were to secure funding and materials.

“I wrote letters to friends and family,” he said. “My budget for the project was set at $935 and I raised $1,700.”

Along with monetary donations, Noah also secured donated supplies, including the PVC pipe from Trumbull Industries and the stain from Sherman-Williams. The only item Noah had to purchase was the wooden posts to hold the receptacles.

“I will be donating any leftover funds to the park to help out with future maintenance,” Noah said.

On Saturday, Noah and a small crew installed the receptacles.

Albin said Noah’s project helped keep him going in Scouting during the COVID-19 pandemic. He said Troop 2 has 35 members and meeting by virtual means has been tough.

“Everyone is looking forward to doing some camping,” Albin said. “We are even going to send out a survey to see if parents would favor holding in-person meetings as long as the social-distancing guidelines were followed. We haven’t had a troop meeting since March.”

In the meantime, Noah said he hopes to fish this summer, knowing he shouldn’t be running across discarded fishing line.

Full article at vindy.com

Mill Creek to open fields and courts

Mill Creek MetroParks has announced the reopening of baseball / softball fields and tennis courts on Tuesday.

Baseball and softball fields at Wick Recreation Area and School Recreation Area, along with tennis courts at Wick Recreation, Volney Rogers Field, School Recreation and Yellow Creek Park, will be available for public use, but social distancing and other “best practices” mandated by the state must be followed.

Playgrounds, basketball and volleyball courts will remain closed.

Fields and courts can be reserved by visiting mill creekmetroparks.org, or by calling 330-740-7144, Ext. 104.

Full article at vindy.com

Mill Creek MetroParks set to open baseball/softball fields; tennis courts

Some summer activities will be available to guests at Mill Creek MetroParks starting Tuesday, May 26.

In a press release issued by park Community Engagement Director Jaime Yahman on Friday, stated that Mill Creek MetroParks will be opening the baseball/ softball fields at Wick Recreation Area and Scholl Recreation Area along with all tennis courts which are located at Wick Recreation Area, Volney Rogers Field, Scholl Recreation Area, and Yellow Creek Park.

Those wanting to use the baseball/softball fields or tennis courts must follow mandatory best practices issued by the Governor and the Ohio Department of Health. Information concerning proper guidelines can be found online at www.coronavirus.ohio.gov or www.millcreekmetroparks.org. At this time, playgrounds, basketball courts, and volleyball courts will remain closed per orders by the Governor’s office.

For those interested in reserving a field or court, are asked to go online to www.millcreekmetroparks.org for a printable or online application or by calling 330.740.7114 ext. 104.

The MetroParks ask all visitors to continue following guidelines from state and local health officials, such as staying home if sick or exhibiting symptoms, maintaining at least six feet apart from other visitors, avoiding congregating in large groups and bypass busy areas, practicing good hygiene by washing hands often and carrying hand sanitizer, as well as suggesting non-use of items such as handrails, park benches, and other areas frequently touched to help stop the spread of COVID-19. A complete list of closures, cancellations and openings can be found at www.millcreekmetroparks.org.

Full article at wfmj.com

Fresh Air in Mill Creek Metroparks

In the After Hours Report, we take a trip to Mill Creek Metroparks to find out what you can do there while getting a healthy dose of sunshine.

Full article at businessjournaldaily.com

 

Construction underway at Wick Recreation Area Maintenance Facility

According to a press release from Jaime Yohman, Community Engagement Director of Mill Creek Metroparks, construction of the Wick Recreation Area Maintenance Facility began on Monday, May 18.

The project is located behind the Judge Morley Performing Arts Pavilion at the Wick Recreation Area in Mill Creek Park. The project includes construction of a new maintenance building and site work to support the maintenance activities of Wick operations personnel.

Access to the project site, which includes a section of Wick Drive and the parking lot behind the Pavilion, will be closed to the public for the duration of the project. The project is anticipated to be completed within five to six months.

Full article at wfmj.com

Construction on the Wick Maintenance Facility begins

Construction on the Wick Recreation Area Facility in the Mill Creek Park began Monday.

The construction will take place behind the Judge Morley Performing Arts Pavillion at the facility.

Construction includes the building of a new maintenance building and site work to support the maintenance work of the facility.

Access to the project site will be closed to the public for the duration of the project. The construction should be completed within five to six months.

Full article at wkbn.com

Mill Creek MetroParks Cuts Hours, Lays Off Employees

Mill Creek MetroParks today began issuing notices of hour reductions and layoffs to 16 non-union support staff.

“As we work diligently to serve the community as a much needed, natural respite during these challenging times, it has become clear that even the MetroParks is not immune to both the operational and financial impacts of the current COVID-19 pandemic,” said Aaron Young, executive director.

Because of a decline in revenue, Young said hour reductions and layoffs can no longer be avoided.

Some Mill Creek MetroParks outdoor locations remain open, including Mill Creek Park, Fellows Riverside Gardens, Sebring Woods, the MetroParks Bikeway, Mill Creek Golf Course, Wick Par 3 golf course, MetroParks Farm disc golf course, all nature preserves and sanctuaries, and permitted lakes and ponds for fishing and boating.

A list of closures, cancellations and openings can be found at MillCreekMetroparks.org.

Full article at businessjournaldaily.com

 

Mill Creek MetroParks lays off workers, cuts employee hours

Sixteen Mill Creek MetroParks employees are feeling the effects of park cutbacks during the coronavirus crisis.

Park officials announced on Friday that they began issuing notices of hour reductions and layoffs to sixteen non-union support staff.

21 News has reached out to park officials for more information on how many workers are being laid-off and how many are having their hours cut. As of this writing park officials have not responded.

“As we work diligently to serve the community as a much needed, natural respite during these challenging times, it has become clear that even the MetroParks is not immune to both the operational and financial impacts of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, as a result of the negative impacts that this pandemic has had on our critically supporting revenue sources, we can no longer avoid implementing hour reductions and lay-offs of some of our dedicated employees,” said Aaron Young, Executive Director.

Earlier this week park officials extended cancellations and closures through August, including all previously scheduled programs, tours, events, lectures and indoor facility rentals.

The following Mill Creek MetroParks locations will be closed to the public through August 31:

  • MetroParks Farm Education Building and Animal Barns
  • D.D. & Velma Davis Education and Visitors Center
  • All Reservable Pavilions, Cabins & Shelters
  • Yellow Creek Lodge
  • Lanterman’s Mill
  • Administration Office
  • All Basketball Courts
  • All Playgrounds
  • All Tennis Courts
  • All Ball Fields
  • Wet Playground at Wick Recreation Area and Spray Basin at Scholl Recreation Area
  • Dek Hockey Rink – located at Wick Recreation Area
  • Lake Newport & Lake Glacier Boathouses

Various Mill Creek MetroParks outdoor locations will remain open and available for use including Mill Creek Park, Fellows Riverside Gardens, Sebring Woods, the MetroParks Bikeway, Mill Creek Golf Course, Wick Par-3, MetroParks Farm Disc Golf Course and all nature preserves and sanctuaries.

Full article at wfmj.com

Mill Creek MetroParks extends cancellations through Aug. 31

Mill Creek MetroParks is extending the cancellations of all previously scheduled programs, tours, events, lectures and indoor facility rentals through Aug. 31.

If a registration fee or rental fee was paid, a full refund will be processed.

The following locations will be closed to the public through Aug. 31:

  • MetroParks Farm Education Building and animal barns;
  • D.D. & Velma Davis Education and Visitors Center;
  • All reservable pavilions, cabins and shelters;
  • Yellow Creek Lodge;
  • Lanterman’s Mill;
  • Administration Office;
  • All basketball courts;
  • All playgrounds;
  • All tennis courts;
  • All ball fields;
  • Wet playground at Wick Recreation Area and spray basin at Scholl Recreation Area;
  • Dek hockey rink, located at Wick Recreation Area;
  • Lake Newport and Lake Glacier boathouses.

Various Mill Creek MetroParks outdoor locations will be remain open and available for use, including Mill Creek Park, Fellows Riverside Gardens, Sebring Woods, The MetroParks Bikeway, Mill Creek Golf Course, Wick Par-3, MetroParks Farm Disc Golf Course and all nature preserves and sanctuaries.

Visitors are asked to follow all guidelines from state and local health officials.

View full article at mahoningmatters.com

Lanterman’s Mill, Davis Center among facilities closed until August at Mill Creek MetroParks

Officials at Mill Creek MetroParks announced Tuesday that some popular areas will remain closed through the summer due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Many areas will remain closed to the public and programming has been canceled until August 30, 2020, at the following facilities and areas:

  • MetroParks Farm Education Building and Animal Barns
  • D.D. & Velma Davis Education and Visitors Center
  • All Reservable Pavilions, Cabins & Shelters
  • Yellow Creek Lodge
  • Lanterman’s Mill
  • Administration Office
  • All Basketball Courts
  • All Playgrounds
  • All Tennis Courts
  • All Ball Fields
  • Wet Playground at Wick Recreation Area and Spray Basin at Scholl Recreation Area
  • Dek Hockey Rink – located at Wick Recreation Area
  • Lake Newport & Lake Glacier Boathouses

Various Mill Creek MetroParks outdoor locations will remain open and available for use, including Mill Creek Park, Fellows Riverside Gardens, Sebring Woods, The MetroParks Bikeway, Mill Creek Golf Course, Wick Par-3, MetroParks Farm Disc Golf Course and All Nature Preserves and Sanctuaries.

Full article at wkbn.com