Volney Rogers Legacy Awards Pays Homage to 100th Anniversary of Volney Rogers Memorial Statue

The Mill Creek MetroParks Foundation has bestowed the Volney Rogers Legacy Award upon two benefactors of the Foundation, David Sabine and Sand Hill Foundation. The award, which was created in 2006, is reserved for those who show a sincere dedication to the MetroParks and its programs.

David Sabine, Senior Vice President and Senior Trust Officer at Huntington National Bank, is being honored for his long-time support and dedication to Mill Creek MetroParks and the Foundation. Mr. Sabine has played an instrumental role in the restoration and preservation of Lanterman’s Mill, as well as the spearheading of the fundraising efforts for the creation of the Beecher Finnegan Education Building that is be part of the current Ford Nature Center Redevelopment Project. “I’m very honored to receive the Volney Rogers Award. I love the park, its the treasure but also represents the sacrifice and energy and devotion Volney Rogers had to create this park. It is our duty to continue that commitment to make sure the park continues to grow and to bring the benefits to the community as it has for this 100 years,” says Sabine.

The Sand Hill Foundation, a private family foundation located in Menlo Park, California, provides philanthropic support for promising and proven non-profit organizations working to alleviate poverty, strengthen families and preserve the natural environment with a primary focus in the San Francisco Bay Area Peninsula. The Sand Hill Foundation, established in 1995, has been active with gifts to the Ford Nature Center Endowment Fund and being the Naming Sponsor for the Ford Nature Center Redevelopment Project in 2018. Representatives from The Sand Hill Foundation were unable to travel due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

This year’s award presentation coincides with the 100 Year Anniversary of the dedication of the Volney Rogers Memorial Statue, located at the Memorial Entrance of Mill Creek Park at the corner of Glenwood Avenue and Memorial Hill Drive. Rogers, who established Mill Creek Park in 1891, passed away on December 3, 1919. The bronze statute, sculpted on his likeness was unveiled on October 12, 1920 before a large crowd of dignitaries, honored guests and school children from the area that raised funds needed to erect the statue.

In tribute to the centennial of the statue’s dedication, the Mill Creek MetroParks Foundation commissioned Freshmade3D, housed at the Youngstown Business Incubator to create a scaled replica of the statue for the award. “What makes the award so special is that it utilizes cutting-edge 3D printing technology from right here in Youngstown to pay homage to Volney Rogers and an event that took place a century ago,” says Chris Litton, Development Director for Mill Creek MetroParks.

Notice of October Board Meeting

The next Regular Meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners, of Mill Creek MetroParks is scheduled for Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at 6 p.m. While in-person attendance is not permitted due to COVID-19, the meeting can be viewed via Facebook Live on the Mill Creek MetroParks Facebook page. 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 Natural Resources Citizens Advisory Committee to the Board of Park Commissioners of Mill Creek MetroParks will meet on Thursday, October 1, 2020, at 12:30 p.m. While in-person attendance is not permitted due to COVID-19, the meeting can be viewed via Facebook Live on the Mill Creek MetroParks Facebook page.

Mill Creek MetroParks’ 2020 Catch Basin Repairs Project

Construction for the Catch Basin Repairs Project will begin Monday, September 28, 2020 and will continue over the next several weeks. Improvements are being made along Valley Drive from East Park Drive to the Flats parking lot entrance which will require closure of the drive to accommodate construction activities. Access to the Flats and the Suspension Bridge will remain open and will be accessible from West Cohasset Drive. While all safety precautions will be followed by the contractor during construction, please exercise caution while accessing the Flats and the Suspension Bridge. In the event of inclement weather, the work schedule will be delayed and adjusted accordingly.

Any questions or concerns may be directed to the MetroParks Administration Office at 330.702.3000 or at soldham@millcreekmetroparks.org

Notice of September Board Meeting

The next Regular Meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners, of Mill Creek MetroParks is scheduled for Monday, September 21, 2020, at 6 p.m. While in-person attendance is not permitted due to COVID-19, the meeting can be viewed via Facebook Live on the Mill Creek MetroParks Facebook page. The agenda will be available on the website after 2 p.m. on the day of the meeting.

Mill Creek MetroParks Accepting Proposals for 2021-2023 MetroParks Farm Lease

Mill Creek MetroParks is now accepting proposals for farming operations at the MetroParks Farm located in Canfield, Ohio.  Proposals are due by 12:00 pm, Noon on Monday, September 28, 2020.  Copies of the required lease agreement forms can be acquired by contacting Aaron Young, Executive Director at 330-702-3000 or aaron@millcreekmetroparks.org .

Submitted proposals must include the following:

  • A completed farm lease agreement; including proposed price per acre.
  • A copy of the required insurance certificates. (See lease agreement)
  • A copy of a current workers compensation certificate.
  • A completed statement of qualifications including farming education, experience, certifications, training and memberships.
  • A completed list of all farm equipment owned/leased by the submitting party.
  • A list of three (3) references from property owners whom have leased farming rights to the submitting party.
  • A list of all acreage to be farmed in addition to the MetroParks Farm during the same time period.

Mill Creek MetroParks reserves the right to waive any and all informalities as part of the Farm Lease Proposal Review as the anticipated value does not fall under the parameters of the Ohio Revised Code competitive bidding requirements.

YSU Army ROTC Training to take place at McGuffey Wildlife Preserve

The YSU Army ROTC will be performing training exercises on Thursdays from August 27 – November 19, 2020 at the McGuffey Wildlife Preserve in Coitsville Township. On each Thursday, training will begin at approximately 2:00 p.m. and conclude at approximately 6:00 p.m. Members will be in uniform and government vans will be on site.

 

In the event of inclement weather, the training could be delayed and adjusted accordingly.

Mill Creek Golf Course Cart Path Improvement Project to Begin

A project to improve the cart paths at the Mill Creek Golf Course is scheduled to begin on Monday, August 17, 2020. Improvements include installation of aggregate base, new asphalt courses, topsoil and seeding along several miles of cart path. The project will complete and connect the entire cart path network throughout both the North and South courses.

Project completion is anticipated within several weeks, with scheduling to be adjusted due to inclement weather conditions. While the majority of the golf course will remain open for play in some capacity, access to specific areas of the course will be prohibited and play will be adjusted, accordingly. For the safety of both players and workers, alike, please follow all posted course rules and adjustments.

MetroParks Bikeway to Close for Improvement Project

A two-mile section of the MetroParks Bikeway is scheduled to temporarily close for a pavement repair and asphalt resurfacing project. Beginning Monday, August 10, the section of Bikeway in Canfield Township between SR 446 and Herbert Road will be closed to all traffic. Additionally, bikeway spur trails at the MetroParks Farm, Canfield High School, and Preserve neighborhood will be closed throughout the project.  While the project is anticipated to be completed within approximately one week, scheduling may be adjusted if inclement weather delays the start or completion of the project.

The project is designed to address poor pavement conditions by repairing cracks, planing and excavating uneven pavement, and installing a new course of asphalt pavement.

Access to the Bikeway from SR 446, Lisbon Road (Rte. 62), Railroad Street, Main Street (US 224), Herbert Road, and the spur trails at the MetroParks Farm, Canfield High School, and Preserve neighborhood, will be prohibited during the project .

Notice of August Board Meeting

The next Regular Meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners, of Mill Creek MetroParks is scheduled for Monday, August 10, 2020, at 6 p.m. While in-person attendance is not permitted due to COVID-19, the meeting can be viewed via Facebook Live on the Mill Creek MetroParks Facebook page. The agenda will be available on the website after 2 p.m. on the day of the meeting.