The next Regular Meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners, of Mill Creek MetroParks is scheduled for Monday, August 8, 2022, at 6 p.m., in the Education Building – McMahon Hall, at the MetroParks Farm, on Rt. 46, in Canfield. The agenda will be available on the website after 2 p.m. on the day of the meeting.
Mill Creek MetroParks presents “Human/Nature: Two Watercolor Views,” featuring artists Betsy Ford and Lotte Herwig-Erhardt and will be on display in the Weller Gallery at Fellows Riverside Gardens beginning July 31, 2022. The selected works are the perception and inner experience of the artists’ eye, determining the way the image is represented in the artwork.
This free exhibit is being displayed July 31, 2022, through October 23, 2022, during normal operating hours of Tuesdays – Sundays, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., closed Mondays. A Meet the Artists session will take place on Saturday, September 17, 2022, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Weller Gallery at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Take this opportunity to meet and visit with these talented artists.
For more information on this exhibit and/or the Meet the Artist session, visit or call Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330.740.7116.
About Betsy Ford
Betsy Ford studied at both YSU and the Maryland Institute of Art. While at YSU, Ford pursued a watercolor class taught by Mary Kay D’Isa’s, and it was she who showed her how pure, how exciting, and how risky that medium can be. Ford is a member of the Mahoning Valley Watercolor Society and is inspired by painters from the past and the painters she’s lucky enough to know, like Lotte, and the many members of the Mahoning Valley Watercolor Society.
About Lotte Herwig-Erhardt
Loette Herwig-Erhardt was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States after graduating in history and German literature. Herwig-Erhardt enrolled in several art courses in the early 1970’s at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa. Starting in 1989 she participated in watercolor workshops, group shows, and one person shows.
The Finance Citizens Advisory Committee to the Board of Park Commissioners of Mill Creek MetroParks will meet on Friday, July 29, 2022, at 2:30 p.m., in the Education Building – Classroom A, at the MetroParks Farm, located at 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Rd., Canfield.
The Natural Resources Citizens Advisory Committee to the Board of Park Commissioners of Mill Creek MetroParks will meet on Thursday, July 28, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. at Chestnut Hill Pavilion. GPS coordinates for the meeting location are: +41.070382, -80.690256 and is accessible from either Bears Den Rd. or Canfield Rd. in Youngstown, Ohio.
Fellows Riverside Gardens in Mill Creek MetroParks will be closed to the public beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, July 29, 2022, for the Annual Summer Garden Party fundraiser. The proceeds from this years’ event support the renovation to the Children’s Garden and is hosted by the Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens. The Gardens will reopen to the public on Saturday morning, July 30, 2022. For more information, please call 330.740.7116.
The next Regular Meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners, of Mill Creek MetroParks is scheduled for Monday, July 11, 2022, at 6 p.m., in the Education Building – McMahon Hall, at the MetroParks Farm, on Rt. 46, in Canfield. 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 prior to the Regular Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m., at the same location.
Mill Creek MetroParks is excited to announce a multi-year title sponsorship agreement with the Mercy Health Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, Farmers Trust and the Howard and Jeanne Karr Charitable Foundation and Meridian Healthcare and other organizations for the 7th Annual AJGA Junior All Star Golf Tournament to be held at Mill Creek Golf Course. The four-year sponsorship agreement includes $25,000.00 per year and succeeds the Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation who held the 2018 – 2021 tournament sponsor title. Since the events inception, the AJGA Junior All Star Tournament has had a financial impact of around $2,000,000.00 in hotel stays, dining, shopping, and included over $70,000.00+ towards local charities.
“We’re excited to have this partnership which collaborates to support this wonderful event that does so much financially for the Mahoning Valley. The local community has enthusiastically embraced the event since its inception in 2016. This event continues to showcase the MetroParks on a national level,” says Brian Tolnar, PGA Golf & Recreation Director.
The 2022 tournament will take place on Mill Creek’s South Golf Course from June 19 – 24 and will consist of a two-part tournament series (Pre-Season Tournament & All Start Tournament). An AJGA Junior Amateur Tournament will be held on Monday, June 20, 2022, for those wishing to play with one of the top junior golfers from around the world. Information regarding the schedule of events can be found at www.ajga.org.
The next Regular Meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners, of Mill Creek MetroParks is scheduled for Monday, June 13, 2022, at 6 p.m., in the Education Building – McMahon Hall, at the MetroParks Farm, on Rt. 46, in Canfield. The agenda will be available on the website after 2 p.m. on the day of the meeting.
The Mill Creek Golf Course will host the 2023 Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Spring Golf Championships for the first time in history. The event will take place on Friday, April 21 & Saturday, April 22, 2023, with the women playing on the North Course and the men playing on the South Course. The two rounds will get underway at 10:00 a.m. each day.
This year’s PAC Championships will feature a 72-hole stroke play event, with 36 holes contested this fall and another 36 holes played in April. From 2017-18 to 2021-22, the PAC Championships featured a 54-hole championship format for both the men and women, with 36 holes contested at the Fall Championships and another 18 holes played at the Spring Championships.
The combined 72-hole team totals will determine PAC team champions and winners of the league’s automatic qualifying bids to the 2023 NCAA Division III Championships. The All-PAC teams, as well the PAC Players of the Year and PAC Newcomers of the Year, are determined by the combined 72-hole scores from the PAC’s Fall and Spring Championships.
The event will showcase 10 collegiate institutions between Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia which include: Allegheny College, Bethany College, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Geneva College, Grove City College, Saint Vincent College, Thiel College, Washington & Jefferson College, Waynesburg University and Westminster College.
Last year, the men’s spring event was held at the world-renowned Oglebay Resort in West Virginia. The women’s spring event was played at Cedarbrook Golf Course in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania.
“We’re excited to host this prestigious event in the Mahoning Valley for 2023. Events like the PAC Championships really exemplify what Mill Creek MetroParks are all about in its mission to provide park, recreational, educational, and open space facilities of regional significance. In addition, the opportunity to fill area hotels and restaurants as well as showcase the MetroParks, makes this another great golf tournament for our community,” said Brian Tolnar, PGA Director of Golf.
“The PAC is excited to bring its spring tournaments to Mill Creek MetroParks and its two outstanding Donald Ross courses. This gives us the opportunity to host both our men’s and women’s championship at the same site, which has been a goal for our league coaches over the past several years,” said PAC Commissioner Joe Onderko. “I am looking forward to working with Bryan Tolnar and the rest of the staff at Mill Creek to provide our student-athletes with an outstanding championship experience in the spring of 2023.”
In addition to the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA), Notah BeGay III East Coast Regional, Junior Optimist Eastern Regional Tournament, Roseanne Schwartz NCAA Invitation, Youngstown State Kick-Off Classic, PGA Hope Program, U.S. Kids Cleveland Tour and Northern Ohio PGA Sections Junior Tour, the PAC event will be the 8th national and/or regional golf event in which Mill Creek serves as host. Spectators are welcome to attend the 2023 PAC Men’s & Women’s Championships and a small number of volunteers will be needed for the event. Details on volunteering opportunities will be announced in the Spring of 2023.
Mill Creek MetroParks has once again teamed up with iHeart Radio, Mix 98.9 to provide the Live! at the Morley Concert Series at Wick Recreation Area. The summer evening concert series, held on the lawn at the Judge Morley Pavilion, runs on select Wednesdays beginning June 8, 2022 through August 17, 2022. All performances are free and family friendly. For a complete concert schedule, visit https://www.millcreekmetroparks.org/visit/things-to-do/concerts/
Due to the concert series being held outdoors, concerts may need to be cancelled due to weather conditions. Every effort will be made to reschedule a concert with the rescheduled date announced via social media and on the MetroParks website.