A Splash of Color to be on Display in Weller Gallery

Mill Creek MetroParks presents A Splash of Color showcasing local artists from the Mahoning Valley Watercolor Society (MVWS). The exhibit will feature 31 local artists who create with watercolor, plein air watercolor, acrylic, and alcohol ink. MVWS was founded in 1982 by eleven area artists with a goal to encourage local watercolor painters. The Society provides watercolorists a place to share work, to learn more about watercolor techniques, and to receive information regarding watercolor-related events in the community. The MVWS artist group includes beginners, as well as professional artists, who teach and show their work internationally.

This free exhibit will be displayed January 16, 2022 through April 17, 2022, within the Weller Gallery inside the Davis Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens, during normal operating hours of Tuesdays – Sundays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., closed Mondays.

For more information on this exhibit please visit or call Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330.740.7116.

Notice of January Board Meeting

The next Regular Meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners, of Mill Creek MetroParks is scheduled for Monday, January 10, 2022, at 6 p.m., in the Education Building – McMahon Hall, at the MetroParks Farm, on Rt. 46, in Canfield. Guidelines recommended by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will apply. The agenda will be available on the website after 2 p.m. on the day of the meeting.

Notice of MetroParks Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting

The Finance Citizens Advisory Committee to the Board of Park Commissioners of Mill Creek MetroParks will meet on Friday, January 7, 2022, at 2:30 p.m., in the Education Building – Classroom A, at the MetroParks Farm, on Rt. 46, in Canfield. Covid-19 guidelines recommended by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will apply.

Mill Creek MetroParks Announces NFL Youth Flag Football League at Wick Recreation Area

Mill Creek MetroParks announces the launch of its first ever Co-Ed Youth NFL Flag Football League this Spring at Wick Recreation Area! The league is powered by NFL Flag and participants will be decked out in Mill Creek MetroParks/NFL team branded jerseys with additional NFL Flag support resources available to coaches and participants.

“We’re thrilled to bring NFL Flag to the football-hungry communities of the Valley, and to host a flag football season at Wick Recreation Area,” said Chris Bundy, Recreation Manager. “Backed by the NFL and our league experienced staff, we’re proud to offer a flag football experience that features family friendly, alcohol-free tailgating, cheerleaders, and some fun, fast-paced football action,” Bundy said. “We’re so excited to share this experience with our community.”

Registration is now open to 4U, 6U, 8U, 10U, and 12U players with skill evaluations to take place on April 11 or April 12, 2022. The evaluations will be followed by a coaches draft for team selections. Games will be played on Saturdays at Wick Recreation Area in Youngstown beginning May 14 through June 18, 2022.

The player registration fee is $119.99 for Mahoning County Residents and $129.99 for Non-Residents. Early bird registration receives $10.00 off now through February 28, 2022. Register online by visiting www.millcreekmetroparks.org, in person at Wick Recreation Area, or by calling 330.740.7114.  Every player will receive a jersey, flags with belt, socks, shorts, drawstring bag, water bottle, optional shoe fittings, and team picture opportunities.

Mill Creek MetroParks Continues Growth to Protect Watershed

Once again, thanks to a successful grant application to the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund, Mill Creek MetroParks has efficiently expanded its preservation and water quality protection efforts by acquiring 218 acres of land adjacent to its Mill Creek Wildlife Sanctuary. The acquired land consists of 218 acres of property including 3,875 linear feet of Mill Creek and nearly 96-acres of high-quality wetlands all located in Beaver Township on Calla Road, just East of Mill Creek. With this acquisition, the Mill Creek Wildlife Sanctuary is now comprised of a total of 482-acres, further enhancing the MetroParks ongoing watershed and wetlands protection efforts.

The Clean Ohio Conservation Fund provided 75% or $457,500 of the $610,000 total project cost, with the remaining 25% or $152,500 required match being provided thanks to financial support from the Mill Creek MetroParks Foundation. Future improvements related to public accessibility are currently being planned for the newly acquired property and are expected to include facility and wayfinding signage, an improved trail system, and ecological habitat restoration efforts.

“We are thrilled to be able to announce the continued success of our efforts to preserve critical wetlands and wildlife habitat within the Mill Creek Watershed through the expansion of the Mill Creek Wildlife Sanctuary. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of MetroParks staff, our partners at the Mill Creek MetroParks Foundation, and the support of the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund, we are one step further in working to improve the water quality within the region.” said Aaron Young, Executive Director.

Notice of December Board Meeting

The next Regular Meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners, of Mill Creek MetroParks is scheduled for Monday, December 13, 2021, at 6 p.m. in the Rossi Auditorium at Fellows Riverside Gardens, in Youngstown. The agenda will be available on the website after 2 p.m. on the day of the meeting. A meeting of the Public Records Commission will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the same location.

Mill Creek MetroParks Winter Road Closures

Effective Friday, December 3, 2021 the following roads in Mill Creek Park will be closed to vehicular traffic for the winter:

  • High Drive, between Chestnut Hill Drive and West Cohasset Drive
  • Chestnut Hill Drive, between Canfield Road and High Drive
  • Calvary Run Drive, between Belle Vista Avenue and Milton Avenue

When closed to vehicular traffic, these roads are available for recreational use for hiking, cross country skiing and sledding. Aside from recreational opportunities, benefits of winter road closures include cost savings associated with snow/ice removal as well as a reduction of negative environmental impacts from deicing salt. All roads will reopen in the spring when weather permits.

In the winter months, snow and ice can create slippery roadway conditions. Roads with limited shoulders, lack of guardrails and steep grades can become increasingly hazardous for motorists. Always use caution when driving on MetroParks roads.

Mill Creek MetroParks presents Winter Celebration: Festival of Trees and Winter Nights

Beginning December 4 through January 7, 2022, the D.D. and Velma Davis Education & Visitor Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens will present Winter Celebration: Festival of Trees, which is a family-friendly, admission-free event sponsored by WKBN 27 First News. This year, 60 uniquely decorated trees by local nonprofits will bring magic to the Davis Center for all to enjoy. Visitors will also be able to participate in a scavenger hunt and view the beautiful seasonal flowers on display. Visitors can experience Winter Celebration: Festival of Trees Tuesdays – Sundays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Every Saturday from December 4 – December 18, 2021, Fellows Riverside Gardens hours will be extended until 7 p.m. for guests to experience Winter Nights featuring an outdoor light display highlighting the beauty of winter. Inside the Davis Center, enjoy live music and special appearances on December 4 from characters Moana and Blippi and on December 18 from Ana, Elsa and Spiderman. Plus, stop by to find that perfect gift at the Shop in the Gardens and savor refreshments available for purchase in Kravitz’s Garden Cafe.

Spend Your Holiday Weekend in Mill Creek MetroParks

Kick off your holiday weekend with the Black Friday Sale at the Mill Creek Golf Course Golf Shop on Friday, November 26, 2021. Stop in from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to purchase your favorite golfer something special for next season.

On Saturday, November 27 and Sunday, November 28 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. visit Lanterman’s Mill for Olde Fashioned Christmas at Lanterman’s Mill. Sponsored by 21 WFMJ/WBCB, guests will see Lanterman’s Mill dressed in holiday finery for this traditional, family-friendly, free admission event. Taste chestnuts roasted on an open fire, purchase unique handcrafted gifts, watch the Christmas Story movie on the big screen, a visit with Santa and crafts for the kids to enjoy! Santa will be escorted to the Mill by our very own Mill Creek MetroParks Police at Noon on Saturday, November 27, 2021. To share the holiday spirit with others, consider bringing a new hat, scarf, or pair of mittens to decorate a “Giving Tree.” Donated items will warm up local children in need this winter.

Mill Creek MetroParks Partners with YSU in Tree Planting at Collier Preserve

Mill Creek MetroParks will be partnering with the YSU Legacy Forest Committee to plant 1,200 trees at the Collier Preserve, located on Western Reserve Road in Boardman Township at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 18, 2021. This event is part of an on-going reforestation program at the Collier Preserve to help reduce the effects of habitat loss and climate change throughout the Mahoning Valley.

To learn more about the event please feel free to contact:

Nick Derico, Natural Resources StewardMill Creek MetroParks
E: Nderico@millcreekmetroparks.org
P: 330.702.3000 x 136