Outside media coverage of Mill Creek MetroParks

Park hosts Explorers Kitchen Chemist Camp

The Mill Creek MetroParks hosted the Explorers Kitchen Chemist Camp for children ages 7-9.

Brenda Markley, a naturalist with the Metro Parks, hosted the camps from July 15-19.

“Our goal from Monday through Friday was to discover where the different parts of our pizza come from,” Markley said.

She said that each day children explored a different area of food, from wheats and grains, veggies, fruit and dairy.

During the week children toured the MetroParks Farm and met the animals and saw the plants.

Children also toured different parts of the park, according to Markley, and learned about the history.

“We learned how popcorn popped, we got to see all the animals, they even made homemade cheese,” Markley said.

She said that each day the camp kicked off with a craft done by the students.

They painted ornaments of farm animals, created pizza themed sand art, and colored pictures.

Markley said that they also read a number of books throughout the week that fit with the theme.

Children were also given a notebook to answer questions in and draw in that they got to take home at the end of the week.

“We really want to teach them at a young age to appreciate the food they have and to understand where it comes from,” Markley said.

The camp concluded on Friday with a pizza party.

For more information on park events, go to www.millcreekmetroparks.org.

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Mill Creek Park hosts Park Pals

Mill Creek Park hosted their annual Park Pals summer camp for 5- and 6-year-olds.

Naturalist Marilyn Williams hosted the week long day camp for 12 children.

“The park has been doing the camps for a long time. It’s a good way to get children out of the house and off of the electronics,” Williams said.

The theme of the week was “Where the Critters Are,” which Williams said focused on different animals and their habitats around the park.

“We have a lot of beautiful sights around the park, and even in a week we don’t have enough time to explore them all,” Williams said.

During the week Williams said that the group visited the Lily Pond, Bears Creek and the Old Log Cabin among others.

She said that each day started with coloring before hiking into nature to explore the different habitats.

“At this age the goal is to expose them to what the park has to offer, and to impart the importance of habitat maintenance,” Williams said.

Children spent the week looking at birds, searching for box turtles and finding salamanders.

“At this age many of the kids are shy at first,” Williams said. “But they get more comfortable as the week goes on.”

She said that along with learning about the park and its inhabitants, an important part of the camp is making friends.

The week ended with a special boat ride on Lake Glacier.

“By the end of the week children don’t want to go home from the park, and the encourage their families to come back throughout the summer,” Williams said.

The park will host a number of other camps for different age groups throughout the summer.

To learn more about these camps, and other upcoming park events, go to www.millcreekmetroparks.org.

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Mill Creek Park hosts Family Fun Friday

Fellows Riverside Gardens hosted a Family Fun Fridays event on June 21.

The event is offered every summer by the park for children and their families.

Naturalist Lynn Zocolo organized the event, which runs from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

“It’s just a fun way to bring the community together and give children the chance to get out doors,” Zocolo said.

During the event, children worked on crafts, making bracelets to take home.

The park organized bingo and sensory stations for children to play with.

Volunteers also helped run the event, running a science experiment station.

Children were able to use glasses of water topped with shaving cream to simulate how rain works.

“We use a dropped full of blue food coloring to show that the clouds can only hold so much weight before the water falls,” Zocolo said.

Free face painting was also available to the children.

The event is hosted every other Friday throughout the summer.

For more information on upcoming park events, go to www.millcreekmetroparks.org.

Full article at vindy.com

Children explore the magic of plants at Mill Creek Park summer camp

Mill Creek Metro Parks hosted it’s annual Trekkers Summer Camp for students ages 10-12.

According to Naturalist Lynn Zocolo this year’s theme was Harry Potter’s Herbology and Potions.

“They had a blast,” Zocolo said. “At the end of the week they were all friends.”

During the week children gathered at Fellows Riverside Gardens starting at 9 a.m.

Zocolo said that they had plant and magic based activities planned every day.

“The students were broken into three houses, the oaks, the sassafras and the maples,” Zocolo said. “They competed all week to win the house cup.”

Children spent the week walking through the “enchanted forest,” learning about healing and dangerous plants and event planting their own herb garden.

At the end of the week, Zocolo said that the group spent the final day playing competitive games and celebrating with a feast.

“We spent the whole week learning, so today we are going to take a break from that and focus on having fun,” she said.

The group also celebrated with a trip to the Log Cabin for lunch and a boat ride on Lake Glaicer.

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Improvement projects set for Mill Creek Park

Mill Creek MetroParks board of commissioners approved multiple bids for improvement projects in or near the park at a special meeting Wednesday.

Dot Construction Co. of Canfield was selected to complete the restoration of Sycamore Bridge for $210,052. The park also received a Federal Highway Administration grant for the project of about $160,000.

The improvement project will clean and re-point the stone bridge and protect against erosion.

The board also hired RT Vernal Paving and Excavating of North Lima to complete improvements along the bikeway for $138,277.

The project includes two miles of paving between Western Reserve Road and state Route 446 in Canfield Township.

Full article at vindy.com

Mill Creek Park plans lot closures

Several parking lots and asphalt surfaces throughout Mill Creek Park will be temporarily closed for the MetroParks annual asphalt sealing and preventive maintenance project.

The work is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, and will continue for several days. Lots will be closed for several days and will reopen once vehicular traffic is permitted. Several of the prominent lots and surfaces scheduled for work include the following:

Birch Hill Cabin
Newport Wetlands – North
Bears Den Cabin
Bears Den Meadow
Bears Den Drive – Picnic
Wick Recreation Area – Ballfield Trail
Lower Slippery Rock
While the lots are closed, the facilities they support will remain open and accessible for public use. This project will not impact rentals and scheduled programming. Please use other parking lots to access these facilities when lots are closed.

In the event of inclement weather, the work schedule will be delayed and adjusted accordingly.

Full article at wfmj.com

New rules at Mill Creek Park expand access to fishing

Changes are coming to Mill Creek Park.

Fishers are now allowed to fish at Lake Cohasset without a permit from the park.

They still have to follow the rules for fishing under Ohio’s law.

This is part of the park’s expansion and inclusion vision of adding more at the park.

Park officials hope to make the park more natural and remove signs from certain areas. What they’re hoping is that people respect this new rule and clean up after themselves.

“I think anytime that you can broaden recreational opportunities for people here in the Valley, it’s a positive, and I think in this instance, there were zero potential negative outcomes with regards to the rule change. That’s a win-win for everyone,” said Mill Creek MetroParks Executive Director Aaron Young.

There are some exceptions to this new rule: Fishers still cannot fish in the Lily Pond and some smaller ponds in the park.

Those will still be marked by signs.

Full article at wkbn.com

Mill Creek Park parking lots will be closed for maintenance

Multiple parking lots and asphalt surfaces throughout Mill Creek Park will be temporarily closed for the MetroParks annual asphalt sealing and preventive maintenance project.

The work begins Wednesday and will continue for several days. Lots will be closed for several days, and will reopen once vehicular traffic is permitted. Some of the prominent lots and surfaces scheduled for work include Birch Hill Cabin, Newport Wetlands–North, Bears Den Cabin, Bears Den Meadow, Bears Den Drive –Picnic, Wick Recreation Area–Ballfield Trail and Lower Slippery Rock.

While the lots are closed, the facilities they support will remain open and accessible for public use. Rentals and scheduled programming will not be impacted by this project. Use alternate parking lots to access these facilities when lots are closed, says a park news release.

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Busters Brigade donates chip scanners to local law enforcement

The Busters Brigade partnered with local law enforcement to reconnect lost dogs with their owners.

“We do a little bit of everything,” said Trish Collins, a member of the groups board. “It’s just a matter of helping dogs and cats get into the best situation they can.”

Collins said the group became concerned when they learned that a number of police stations locally don’t have a chip scanner, forcing many to take dogs and cats that are lost directly to the pound.

They created a program to solve this problem, by donating scanners to interested law enforcement.

“We just started reaching out and see what the need and interest was,” Collins said. “We were very surprised by the results.”

She explained that the first interested group was the Campbell Police Department.

After that the group has also donated to Poland, Boardman, Struthers and event Mill Creek Park.

The group also reached out to Canfield and Austintown police departments, who already possessed scanners.

“It’s just really important to us to connect lost pets back with their owners as quickly as possible,” Collins said.

The Busters Brigade is fairly new to the area, having started in October 2018.

The group is a 501c3 organization and has been involved in a wide range of community service.

This service includes teaming up with the YSU pre-veterinary group, donating dog food to Second Harvest Food Bank, and providing financial and material assistance to community members struggling to provide for their pets.

“We understand that to a lot of people animals are important members of the family and we just want to make sure animals get to and stay in loving homes,” Collins said.

For more information on the organization or to donate, go to www.bustersbrigade.org.

Full article at vindy.com

Mill Creek improvement plan brings new disc golf course

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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