Outside media coverage of Mill Creek MetroParks

Fellows Riverside Gardens’ parking lot closed for repaving

With the weather finally getting warmer, many people are heading out to Fellows Riverside Gardens at Mill Creek Park. 

You’ll have to find another place to park, though, at least for the next five days. 

Starting Monday, the parking lot is closed so it can be repaved. 

The gardens and the education center are still open to pedestrians, but you’ll have to park at St. John Lutheran Church on Mahoning Avenue and on McKinley Avenue. 

The parking lot will re-open on Saturday. 

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People explore beauty of Mill Creek MetroParks Farm on Earth Day

It was a beautiful day outside on Sunday, perfect to check out the Mill Creek MetroParks Farm.

Guests could take a 30-minute wagon ride throughout the 400-acre farm. They were also able to check out some of the animals.

Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of plants growing just yet.

“Mother Nature hasn’t cooperated too much yet so we can’t see a whole lot of spring planting activities,” said worker Brenda Markley.

Markley says they’ll offer wagon rides for the next two Sundays, then they will start to alternate Sundays.

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Kite festival set to fly Saturday in Canfield

Mill Creek MetroParks and the Ohio Society for the Elevation of Kites will host a kite festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the MetroParks Farm on state Route 46.

The event is free to attend. Participants can bring their own kites, or pay a fee for create-a-kite kits and some crafting activities.

Free games and other activities also are planned. For information, call the Ford Nature Center at 330-740-7107 or visit www.millcreekmetroparks.org.

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Scouts will volunteer for Earth Day cleanup

Mill Creek MetroParks will host cleanup day Saturday at various locations. Coordinators will pick up supplies before 9 a.m. at the Ford Nature Education Center, 840 Old Furnace Road, Youngstown. The cleanup takes place rain or shine.

Volunteers are provided with trash and recycling bags, gloves, and grabbits, as well as pencils, certificates and car litter bags for each participant. There are more than 300 scouts that volunteer each year, but all help is appreciated.

The event is in conjunction with the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup.

For information about the cleanup or to have your group, organization, church, school, family or individuals to lend a hand, call the Ford Nature Education Center at 330-740-7107 or Mike Kupec, Mill Creek MetroParks Earth Day Cleanup chairman at 330-519-3988.

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Mill Creek park postpones popular daffodil show

The popular Daffodil Show at Mill Creek MetroParks has been rescheduled because the blooms aren’t ready yet. 

Park officials announced the changes Wednesday after recent weather conditions have stalled the blooming process for the flowers. 

The show is held every year at the Davis Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens. 

The show was set for this weekend but has been rescheduled to Saturday, April 28 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 pm. 

Entries will be accepted on Friday, April 27 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The show is free and open to the public. 

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Mill Creek MetroParks reschedules Daffodil Show

The Daffodil Show scheduled at the Davis Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens on Saturday and Sunday has been rescheduled for next weekend due to the lack of spring-like weather producing daffodil blooms.

The rescheduled dates are:

Entries will be accepted on April 27 from 3 – 5 p.m. and April 28 from 8 – 10 a.m.
The show will be open to the public, free of charge, April 28 from 1 – 5 p.m. and April 29 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
For information, please call 330.740.7116

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Parking lot repair work begins Monday at Fellows Riverside Gardens

On Monday, Mill Creek MetroParks will begin a capital improvement project on the Fellows Riverside Gardens parking lot. The work is expected to continue for several weeks.

Throughout the project, the gardens, located at 123 McKinley Ave., will be accessible. The Davis Education and Visitor Center will be open during normal operating hours.

Next week, visitors will be able to use most of the parking lot to access the gardens and visitor center. Access to the parking lot during this project will be limited, with the Price Road entrance being temporarily closed at times.

Visitors will be able to access the gardens parking lot at all times from the McKinley Avenue entrance. In the event of inclement weather, the work schedule will be delayed and adjusted accordingly, park officials said.

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Mill Creek Park is venue for several Earth Day activities

Join Mill Creek MetroParks for Earth Day Weekend as park employees help visitors celebrate the Earth and all the opportunities available to connect with nature at Mill Creek Park.

On Friday, join a park naturalist for a frog serenade during the Sounds of Spring hike from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Wander through wetland and pond habitats at the Mill Creek Park Preserve on West Western Reserve Road in Canfield.

The annual Daffodil Show at the Davis Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., is free, and the show will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Sunday.

On Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon, local Scout Units and other organizations will spend the morning helping clean winter’s accumulation of litter across the park system in the Scout Earth Day Clean-Up.

A guided Daffodil Walk with Gordon Vujevic, daffodil expert, will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Discover more than 200 different species and cultivars that are a part of the Fellows Riverside Gardens Narcissus collection. Also on Saturday, from 9 to 11 a.m., go on a hike with a naturalist along Lake Cohasset and through the forest. Meet at the Pioneer Pavilion on Old Furnace Road.

Learn about spring wildflowers and more with a park naturalist from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday during Trot with your Tot, a short hike to let children learn and explore nature. Meet at the playground in the James L. Wick Recreation Area on McCollum Road on the city’s West Side.

You also can enjoy an early morning bird walk from 8 to 9:30 a.m., Birding the Sanctuary, at Mill Creek Wildlife Sanctuary on Calla Road. Register by Thursday at Ford Nature Center.

Next Sunday, from 1 to 4 p.m., bring the family for Tractor Wagon Ride, a guided tour of the MetroParks farm in Canfield leaving approximately every half-hour. Riders will be updated on the spring planting progress and barns are open to visit the animals.

Also next Sunday, from 1 to 2 p.m., take a trot down to the creek with a park naturalist to view turkeys and signs of nesting in our Turkey Trot program at Pioneer Pavilion.

For information on these events, call 330-702-3000 or visit www.millcreekmetroparks.org.

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Rainbow trout coming to Mill Creek Park’s Lake Glacier

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife will deliver approximately 2,500 rainbow trout to Mill Creek MetroParks’ Lake Glacier on Thursday.

To fish in Lake Glacier, anglers must follow these park rules: obtain an Ohio fishing license; foul hooks must not be used; five fish per person per day limit; and anglers cannot fish in the area directly adjacent to the Lake Glacier Boathouse, nor from the pedestrian bridge.

For information, visit www.millcreekmetroparks.org. For information about Ohio fishing license requirements, visit www.wildlife.ohiodnr.gov.

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Mill Creek MetroParks receives new endowments

Mill Creek MetroParks has received several significant endowments so far this year.

At a meeting Monday, the park board accepted a naming rights proposal for Fellows Riverside Gardens’ Rose Garden, which will be named after Joanne F. Beeghly, who died last year. Her family established a $215,000 endowment fund to benefit the Rose Garden, MetroParks Development Director Chris Litton said.

Naming rights also are in the works for the MetroParks Bikeway, following the establishment of a $100,000 endowment.

An anonymous donor endowed $200,000 to Ford Nature Center. Also, a group donated $5,500 for a new nature trail endowment fund, Litton said.

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