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Outside media coverage of Mill Creek MetroParks
Even with unpredictable weather, Mill Creek MetroParks is working on its capital improvement plan.
One of the most visible projects this year is the disc golf course. It’s being built at the Mill Creek MetroParks farm property in Canfield.
The park is a building a nine-hole course for beginners and an 18-hole course for serious players.
The work is in the beginning stages right now, but it will be open in the coming weeks.
The total cost is around $25,000 for the course.
“We wanted to diversify the recreational opportunities out here. Obviously we have the bike way, our natural playground, which is evolving all the time, and we think the disc golf course is a wonderful addition,” said Justin Rogers with Mill Creek MetroParks.
The park is also replacing a bridge near Bears Den Cabin and making improvements at the golf course.
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The Mill Creek MetroParks Board of Park Commissioners approved a fishing rule change at a board meeting Monday.
Under the new rule, fishing in Park District waters is permitted in accordance with Ohio Division of Wildlife regulations from March 1 through November 30.
Fishing will now be permitted in all creeks, streams, lakes and ponds unless otherwise prohibited by the Park District.
Under the previous rule, fishing was only permitted in waters south of Lake Newport Dam, south of Lake Glacier Dam to the Lake Cohasset Dam, and Yellow Creek without special permission.
Full article at wfmj.com
We’ve reported on it before – the effort to create roughly 100 miles of bike trail connecting Lake Erie to the Ohio River.
It’s a project nearly three decades in the making. So how close is the trail to being complete?
An updated map of the plan that stretches through Ashtabula, Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties shows great progress, but there are still some holes.
The northern point, at Lake Erie in Ashtabula County, is the final leg for the Ashtabula Metro Parks. The leg is about 4.25 miles and is slated to be done this fall. The county park has already completed more than 27 miles.
In Trumbull County, The Metro Parks have completed more than 24 miles. Their final leg is about 4 miles and is also already in the works. The goal is to have the portion completed in 2022 but, officials haven’t started the process of acquiring land. Which is exactly where Mahoning County is tied up in the process.
The Mill Creek Metro Parks have completed several miles, yet are in the process of filing potentially 13 lawsuits to get the land they need for their final 6.5 miles.
The hold up is a group of residents who don’t want the trail in their backyards.
“A person on the bike trail can literally stop their bicycle and physically, from me to that women right there, look into my house. That is appalling to me,” said one landowner during a meeting in Green Township.
21 News asked Mill Creek’s Executive Director why the park felt strong enough to take legal action.
“You can find in all areas that have bikeways and trails and connectors that it’s millions of dollars in economic activity from the recreation side and I don’t see this trail as being any different,” said Executive Director Aaron Young.
The plan is to begin construction on Mahoning County’s final leg next year, but that could be delayed depending on the legal process.
Meanwhile, in Columbiana County is the largest gap in the project. The Columbiana County Park District has completed 12 miles of trail reaching Lisbon. But, from there it drops off.
There’s roughly 25 more miles needed to get to the Ohio River and no real plan in place to get there.
“The number one obstacle is still finding the exact route and getting that route approved, as far as either buying properties or having easements or whatever,” said Tom Butch with the park.
So, will the final stretches of this project get done?
Those tasked with the job say, yes. A project nearly thirty years in the making, they say it may take another ten and it may cost more than anticipated but, this trail is making it’s way from Lake Erie to the Ohio River.
A large update has been recently made to the Lily Pond at the Mill Creek MetroParks.
A new aeration system has been installed at the facility.
There are three separate diffuser stations in the water, which are all powered from one compressor on the shore.
The main purpose is to circulate the pond property, which will increase dissolved healthy bacteria growth. It should also help prevent fish kill like what was seen in July 2015.
“Nothing is fool-proof, but it will greatly reduce the risk by keeping the pond circulated at all times with proper levels of dissolved oxygen. You shouldn’t have a problem like that that was caused by a depletion of oxygen,” said Nick Derico from Mill Creek MetroParks.
The project has been talked about for years, but the big challenge was getting power to the lily pond.
Three Mill Creek MetroPark Officers were recognized at the Thursday’s park board meeting for their quick work saving a service dog stuck in a creek.
Sergeant Rob Vukovich and officers Alex Wharry and Brent Wright came to the rescue when the dog, named Zena, fell 28 feet into the rushing water.
The dog belonged to 10-year-old Tristian Zack of Niles who has special needs.
Zena was not hurt at all, and the whole community is thankful for their service.
Full article at wfmj.com
Starting Thursday, several parking lots in Mill Creek Park will be closed for a few days.
The park will be putting down pavement markings.
Lots scheduled to close:
– Slippery Rock Pavilion
– Wick Recreation area
– Yellow Creek Park in Struthers
– Kirkmere Spur
Even though the lots are closed, the facilities will still be open.
Full article at wkbn.com
Starting June 8, visitors to Fellows Riverside Gardens can view the Nature’s Graces and Rural Places photography exhibit.
The free exhibit features work by regional photographer, Jim Trombo, and includes images on canvas. Trombo has lived his entire life in northeastern Ohio, and his work displays everything from rural locations and picturesque views to detailed compositions.
The exhibit is presented by Mill Creek MetroParks and will be displayed in the Weller Gallery at Fellow Riverside from June 8 to Aug. 11, Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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