Outside media coverage of Mill Creek MetroParks

More facility upgrades coming to Mill Creek Park

More restroom facilities in Mill Creek Park will be closed in the coming weeks as the existing structures are replaced with new ones.

The two facilities at the East Golf Hike & Bike Trail near Shields Road will be closed starting Monday. The current restrooms are scheduled to be demolished and replaced with a new, prefabricated concrete restroom.

The anticipated project duration is approximately three weeks.

The East Golf Hike & Bike Trail will remain open throughout the project. Access to the adjacent Sheilds Road parking lot will be maintained throughout the project; however, intermittent closures for demolition/construction activities are to be expected.

In the event of closures, trail users are encouraged to utilize the parking lots near Boardman-Canfield Road and West Golf Drive.

A similar project took place at the beginning of February with the replacement of the Newport Wetlands facilities.


Read the original article at WKBN.

Disc out of place? Check at MetroParks seeks owners of disc golf discs

If you forgot or overthrew your golf disc in Mill Creek MetroParks, you may be in luck.

Mill Creek MetroParks has 45 unclaimed discs left behind from disc golfers, according to Mill Creek Farm supervisor Brian Moff.

Most of the discs left behind were from last year, but some have been found from this year as people make the most of the unseasonably warm weather this winter.

“I have about two or three from this year,” Moff said.

Moff said it’s common for discs to be left behind and that if someone puts their name and number on them, he always calls so the owner can claim it.

He said the disc golf course is located on the farm, across the street from the Canfield Fairgrounds.

Disc golf is similar to golf, Moff said.

“With disc golf, you throw a disc from one spot, a tee, to a target, (which is) a basket and you try to get the disc into the basket with as few throws as possible,” he said. “Just like with regular golf, there’s birdies and holes in one.”

He said the course, which was built in 2019, is very popular.

“Two-hundred and eighty-two people played in June of last year. (On) the busiest day, there were 25 people,” Moff said. “In January it was much slower due to the weather. Fifty-seven people played in January of this year.”

Moff said the park has two disc golf courses, a nine-hole beginner course and an 18-hole advanced course, at the MetroPark Farm, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road in Canfield.

The disc golf course is a par 60 and measures about 6,000 feet.

“It’s available to host for tournaments,” he said. “It’s ranked one of the top 20 disc golf courses in Ohio.”

To claim your lost golf disc, call the park at 330-702-3000, ext. 111.


Read the original article at The Vindicator.

Valley bird watchers take flight on national count

Bird watchers in the tri-county area were watching their bird feeders and other locations over the weekend to record the number of birds they saw for the annual worldwide Great Backyard Bird Count.

The count started Friday and ends today. A group gathered recently at the Ford Nature Center at Mill Creek MetroParks to go over the itinerary for what they need to do to record the data.

Jeff Harvey of Youngstown, past president of the local Audubon Society, said there are 20 feeder birds that people often see in the winter because they do not migrate south.

“People help with the count by recording the greatest number of each bird species at one time at their feeders or in their backyards. They are counting the maximum number of birds of a particular type at one time,” Harvey said.

Among the local birds recorded in the winter are cardinals, chickadees, titmouse, red-breasted nuthatch and gold finches.

Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online participatory-science project to collect data on wild birds and display results in near real time.

Harvey said information will be submitted by the participants to the Cornell Lab via the national bird count website at birdcount.org.

The area’s Audubon Society includes residents from Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties. Harvey said people can stay inside their homes and watch their bird feeders or they can go outside to a particular area and count the birds they see.

“This data is recorded and can be used to see any bird population changes. Cornell looks over the data on resident bird species across the nation,” Harvey said.

Cindy Fernback, education manager at the Ford Nature Center, said the center often offers programs about birds.

She said the center has many bird feeders.

“We do on occasion have bald eagles come here, but usually they stay at Lake Glacier. We see turkeys and hawks in the forest,” Fernback said.

Jason Short, president of the local Audubon Society, started birding four years ago, and said bird watching has made a comeback since the coronavirus pandemic when people were at home and had more time to watch birds.

“It has really taken off again. More and more people are bird watching. It is a multi-million dollar industry with people buying bird seed, bird feeders and other items,” Short said.

Erika Somerville of Newton Falls said she has participated in the bird count before.

“I am a bird person. I always love looking for unusual birds. I enjoy sitting and watching the birds. If I can contribute to a citizen science project while I am watching, why not,” Somerville said.

Siena Larrick of Youngstown said she has not participated in a previous bird count.

“I have always been interested in birds. I plan to be here at the park to watch and help count with other people,” Larrick said.

Gary Davenport of Youngstown said his wife does a lot of the bird counting. He said he helps document the ravens, Carolina chickadees and other birds he has seen at the park.

Short said the Audubon Society will take part in the Mosquito Lake Bird Festival in May and also various presentations in the three counties.


Jason Lee, park naturalist for Mosquito Lake State Park in Bazetta, led a group of 15 people to record data at the Trumbull Agricultural Center property in Cortland. He said the group included regular birders and new people.

Lee said during the pandemic in 2020, many people had to stay in their homes, so they began watching the birds and helping to record data.

“The pandemic opened up birding to many people who continue today,” he said.

For the data gathering, a minimum of 15 minutes is needed on any day for watching and recording birds.

Steve Craiger of Bristol, a member of the Friends of Mosquito Lake State Park, said he has taken part in many different bird counts, including the Christmas Bird Count in February,

Becky Dobson of Kinsman with the Young Birders Club said she likes to get younger people involved in birding events.

Larry Richardson of North Bloomfield said people taking part are contributing scientific data which help people see what is happening with bird species.

“You are contributing information for science, which helps people better understand things happening with birds,” Richardson said.

Lee is planning a birding weekend event in May.

Organizers said each February, participants from around the world come together for the love of birds. Over the four days, people spend time in their favorite places watching and counting as many birds as they can find and reporting them to the Cornell Lab.

According to Cornell Lab, in 2020, a new website was created to help make the four-day count easy.

Birds Canada joined the project in 2009 to provide an expanded capacity to support participation there. In 2013, a global project began, with researchers entering data into eBird, the world’s largest biodiversity-related participatory science project.

Read the original article at The Vindicator.

Meet the Mill Creek MetroParks’ MetroMutts, a group for dog walking

A group of dogs and their human companions took advantage of last week’s sunshine by heading out to Mill Creek MetroParks’ new East Park hike and bike trail. They’re called the MetroMutts, a membership for local nature lovers who bring their dogs along for walks through Mill Creek MetroParks.

HOW TO JOIN THE METROMUTTS If you have a dog who loves going for long walks and you’re looking to get out into nature more, consider joining the Mill Creek MetroParks’ MetroMutts. Members of MetroMutts get advance notice of programs, special hikes and events that are scheduled throughout the year, like last week’s “New Year, New Trail” hike. Traverse new parts of the park and make new friends in the area.

If you know other dog lovers, consider gifting them a MetroMutts memberships. Members also receive a “I love my MetroMutt” car window cling. Annual memberships start at $30 to register one dog and one walker, and if you have multiple dogs it’s $40. Fill out a membership application online; if you have questions, call (330) 740-7114. Dogs have to be on leashes, non-aggressive and under owner’s control at all times.

Read the original article at Mahoning Matters.

Newport Wetlands to see facilities upgrade

Visitors of the Newport Wetlands will soon have new restroom facilities, a release from Mill Creek MetroParks states.

Beginning next week, the current restrooms located at the Newport Wetlands in Mill Creek Park will be closed for demolition. They will be replaced with a new, prefabricated concrete restroom.

The anticipated project duration — including all excavation, installation and construction — is approximately three weeks. Access to the adjacent parking lot and Davies Wetland Trail will be maintained throughout the project.


Read the original article at WKBN.

Visiting the new indoor player development center at Mill Creek Golf Course

Golf enthusiasts have a new place to hone their skills during the off-season while staying warm. The team at Mill Creek Golf Course Fieldhouse officially opened a indoor player development center that’s equipped with high-tech training tools.

In the new indoor development center, there are three bays with golf simulators and putting greens. Having an indoor facility allows the Mill Creek Golf Course to operate all year round. Golfers have access to a club fitting area and special events like the Calloway demonstrations at 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Feb. 3, Feb. 9 and April 6.

The Mill Creek MetroParks Foundation Golf Course Endowment funded part of the $700,000 redevelopment project. Golfers can check rates and book a tee time online or on the Trackman Golf app. Reservations are available for up to four players per bay. Customers aren’t allowed to bring in outside food or alcohol and no spiked golf shoes. The indoor center is located at 1 West Golf Drive in Boardman. It’ll be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, at 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday. If you have questions, call 330-740-7112.


Read the original article at Mahoning Matters.

‘A Brush with Nature’ to showcase local artists

A free exhibit coming to Mill Creek MetroParks will feature 31 local artists.

“A Brush with Nature” will showcase artists from the Mahoning Valley Watercolor Society (MVWS). The exhibit will feature works from artists who create with watercolor techniques. MVWS was founded in 1982 by eleven area artists to encourage local watercolor painters.

A Brush with Nature will be displayed from Jan. 26 through March 31 in the Weller Gallery at the Davis Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Normal operating hours are Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. closed Mondays.

For more information on this exhibit visit MillcreekMetroparks.org or call Fellows Riverside Gardens at (330) 740-7116.

Read the original article at WKBN.

Mill Creek MetroParks to debut exhibit from Mahoning Valley Water Color Society

Folks interested in looking at local budding artists while also admiring the area’s surrounding natural beauty will soon be able to.

Mill Creek MetroParks is presenting “A Brush with Nature,” which will showcase local artists from the Mahoning Valley Watercolor society (MVWS) at the Weller Gallery inside the Davis Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens.

The exhibit is free and will be displayed on Jan. 26 through March 31 during normal operating hours.

A total of 31 artists that include a mix of beginners and professional artists who teach and show their work internationally.

Read the original article at WFMJ.

Improvements planned for Mill Creek MetroParks in 2024

Improvements planned for Mill Creek MetroParks in 2024.

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