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Outside media coverage of Mill Creek MetroParks
Two employees of Mill Creek Golf Course were honored at the Northern Ohio PGA’s annual awards ceremony last week.
Mill Creek MetroParks PGA director of golf Brian Tolnar won the region’s Merchandiser of the Year award for the third time. He previously won it at Mill Creek in 2016 and for the Western New York PGA in 2013 when he was at Blue Heron Hills Golf Club.
The award is presented based on promotional skills, getting products to market on a timely basis and the use of specialized merchandising techniques including displays and advertising.
Meanwhile, Mill Creek Golf Course head professional Andy Santor won the Teacher of the Year award, given to professionals based on overall performance, innovative teaching programs, published articles and golfers the teacher has instructed.
The two were honored at the Northern Ohio PGA awards ceremony Oct. 22 at Westfield Country Club’s Cary Blair Center in Westfield Center.
Pictured: Mill Creek Golf Course PGA director of golf Brian Tolnar and head professional Andy Santor both won awards at the Northern Ohio PGA annual awards ceremony last week.
Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.
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A local bank is continuing its commitment to a project at Mill Creek Park.
Home Savings presented a check Wednesday morning for $12,500 to the MetroParks.
It’s to install Dasher Boards at the Dek Hockey Rink. Dasher Boards run the perimeter of the rink, protecting spectators from players.
Home Savings partnered with the Youngstown Phantoms and the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation over the summer to build the rink in the Wick Recreation Area.
They refurbished the old ice rink into a year-round street hockey rink. Now kids can play street or roller hockey on the rink — no ice needed.
“In addition to the hockey, we’ll also have box lacrosse and we’ll also have soccer available here, we’ll have rental equipment here and the Wick Recreation Area so you don’t necessarily have to have your own equipment to come here to play,” said Brian Tolnar, with Mill Creek MetroParks. “In addition, we’ll also have some adult leagues, some junior leagues as well to get them into the game of hockey and lacrosse.”
The rink is available first come, first serve but you can call the MetroParks to reserve it as well. Next spring, the plan is to install lights so kids and adults can play into the night.
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Mill Creek MetroParks held its Sunset at the Farm event Saturday to showcase its farm park.
Hundreds came out for the activities, including hay rides that ran down the hike and bike trail.
There was also a corn maze, a petting zoo, pony rides and food for guests to check out.
Parents at the event said they were happy to get their kids away from a screen for a few hours.
“It was great to get fresh air and finally some fall weather that we can enjoy and not be too hot,” said Candance Horvath from Canfield.
Organizers said getting the word out was only part of the reason to hold the event.
“I feel great that so many people are showing up from all over East Palestine, Columbiana, some from Pennsylvania. We get some of them from even Florida that are visiting,” said Linda Miller, a volunteer at Mill Creek MetroParks.
The event was free and ran until sunset.
There will also be hay rides next Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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Working through the heat of Tuesday’s late morning and early afternoon, employees from the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation built a hockey rink at Mill Creek Park that players can use even during hot days like this.
It’s not ice hockey, but something known as Dek Hockey.
A busload of workers came to the Wick Recreation Area on Tuesday to build a Dek Hockey rink on the same site as the old ice rink that closed more than fifteen years ago.
Players can wear inline skates or just regular sneakers to hit a ball into a net.
The rink even has an electronic scoreboard.
Mill Creek Park officials will announce an opening date in the future.
The effort is part of the foundation’s quest to grow the sport of hockey at the grassroots level for both youth and adults.
So far the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation has built 13 outdoor, multi-use athletic facilities. Adding the rink in Mill Creek Park will increase that number to 14.
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