Notice of MetroParks Standing Committee Meetings

The Horticulture Standing Committee to the Board of Park Commissioners of Mill Creek MetroParks will meet on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at 6 p.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens.

The Nature Education Standing Committee to the Board of Park Commissioners of Mill Creek MetroParks will meet on Monday, July 30, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. in Classroom A at the MetroParks Farm.

Mill Creek MetroParks Bikeway Closure

The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission (OTIC) will be replacing the existing turnpike bridges over the MetroParks Bikeway, located directly south of Kirk Road Trailhead. The project will begin on July 17, 2018 and is expected to be completed in late 2019. Bikeway access through the project area will NOT be permitted throughout the construction project but the remainder of the bikeway will remain open.

OTIC will replace the bridges with a large concrete arch culvert, thus creating a tunnel for the bikeway under the turnpike. OTIC’s project will be completed in two phases. During the first phase, pedestrians/bicyclists will not be able to travel south on the bikeway from Kirk Road Trailhead and pedestrians/bicyclists traveling north from Herbert Road will arrive at a “dead-end”. The second phase of the project is anticipated to begin in November 2018 and includes construction of a detour for the bikeway. At that time, through access for pedestrians/bicyclists will be restored by means of the detour. Once OTIC’s project is totally completed in 2019, the detour will be removed and bikeway traffic will be routed through the new tunnel.

West Newport Drive to Temporarily Close for Improvement Project

West Newport Drive in Mill Creek Park will be closing on Monday, July 16, 2018, for a road improvement project. The project consists of improvements to West Newport Drive from Sheban Drive to the Hampton Drive entrance. The project is designed to improve stormwater drainage, roadway surface conditions, aesthetics and park user safety along the drive. Improvements include pavement planing, placing intermediate and surface courses of asphalt concrete, installation of aggregate shoulders, new pavement markings and miscellaneous related items. 

The project was awarded to Butch & McCree Paving Inc. at a total cost of $271,092.95. The project is partially funded through ODOT using their Park District Road Improvement Fund at $126,933. The project should be completed in approximately three weeks. In the event of inclement weather, the work schedule will be delayed and adjusted accordingly.

In 2017, the MetroParks completed a comprehensive improvement project along West Newport Drive between Canfield Road (Route 62) and the Hampton Drive entrance, and in 2018 completed a stormwater and linear grading project in preparation for this improvement project. Upon completion of this upcoming improvement project, the entire length of West Newport Drive in Mill Creek Park will be improved.

“A Diamond in the Rough” currently on display in Outdoor Gallery at Fellows Riverside Gardens

Local topiary artist, Mike Gibson, uses his self-taught landscaping and art skills to creatively turn ordinary trees and shrubs into whimsical living sculptures. The exhibit, “A Diamond in the Rough”, showcases a rare art form of unique shapes that bend the rules on what is possible with topiary in the Outdoor Gallery at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Mr. Gibson recognizes Fellows Riverside Gardens 60th anniversary in his exhibit title. His landscape work is featured throughout the Mahoning Valley at local businesses and private residences.

This free exhibit is being displayed now through December 31, 2018. A Meet the Artist session will take place on Sunday, August 12 from 1 – 3 pm in the Gazebo/Outdoor Gallery at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Take this opportunity to meet and visit with this talented artist and see his works.

For more information on the Meet the Artist session or this outdoor exhibit, visit or call Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330.740.7116.

Mill Creek Golf Course to host U.S. Kids Golf Tournament in September

Mill Creek Golf Course will be hosting the U.S. Kids Golf Tournament on Saturday, September 29, 2018 on the South Course. This one-day tournament provides juniors the opportunity to advance to State, Regional, and World Championships. Local Tours are designed for the beginning competitive golfer, as each event provides a fun environment where kids can develop their skills. The event will host junior golfers from around the world in the 5 – 14 age division.

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to add the U.S. Kids Tournament to our schedule this September at Mill Creek Golf Course. The event will allow us to showcase the MetroParks to junior golfers and their families from all across the United States. Events such as this support the local community and make a strong financial impact to the Mahoning Valley,” says Brian Tolnar, Mill Creek PGA Director of Golf.

About U.S. Kids Golf Tournament

The mission of U.S. Kids Golf is to help kids have fun learning the lifelong game of golf and to encourage family interaction that builds lasting memories. Today, with more than 900 tournaments organized yearly in 50+ markets, players, ages 5 to 14, learn to compete in their local community and then advance to State, Regional, and World Championships. Local Tours are designed for the beginning competitive golfer, as each event provides a fun environment where kids can develop their skills. Two-day events like our State invitational tournaments and Regional Championships are ranked by Junior Golf Scoreboard and are the next step for competitive junior golfers. At each level, players may earn Green, Orange, or Blue Status in order to gain entry into more challenging events. 

U.S. Kids Golf was started as a family business desiring to stay true to the mission and purpose of bringing kids into the game. Because providing the right equipment needed to be coupled with improved programs, coaching, and opportunity for competition, like other organized sports, the Foundation was started. The vision of families spending time together outdoors and playing golf is our true passion, and many people throughout the golf industry have joined us in our efforts.  We are thankful for our role in giving kids the lifelong game of golf.

Notice of July Board Meeting

The next Regular Meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners, of Mill Creek MetroParks is scheduled for Monday, July 9, 2018, at 6 p.m. in 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 Golf Course Closure for Private Event

The Mill Creek Golf Course will be closed the morning of Saturday, July 7, 2018 due to a scheduled private event. Both North and South Courses will be closed. The Course will reopen to the public at 2:00 pm. The Practice Facility and Wick Recreation Par-3 Course will be open for normal play during the day of the event.

Botanical Threads displayed in Weller Gallery

Mill Creek MetroParks presents, Botanical Threads, an exhibit using laborious methods to eco-print onto various fabrics. The natural dyes for the fabrics were prepared from plants by artists, Lynn Peggy Cox and Mary Lou Alexander. This process has been referred to as “the slow fiber movement”.

This free exhibit is being displayed through August 12, 2018 in the Weller Gallery at Fellows Riverside Gardens during normal operating hours of Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., closed Mondays.

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

Mill Creek MetroParks Naturalist Educators Receive Interpretive Guide Certification

Mill Creek MetroParks Naturalists Educators have completed training through the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) to earn the title of Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG). The CIG certification recognizes William Gilmour, Brenda Markley, Kimberly Moff, Nicholas Parish, Cody Stoll, Marilyn Williams, and Lynn Zocolo in having completed 32 hours of coursework, demonstrated proficiency in interpretive knowledge and skills through a written test, a practical program outline, and an interpretive presentation given to their peers and instructors. The certification course is designed to help professionals develop competence in the use of standard recognized principles of interpretation, in order to provide enjoyable, relevant, and quality programming to visitors. An interpreter’s basic responsibility is to plan and deliver programs which help visitors to experience, appreciate, and forge a connection to natural and cultural resources in places such as parks.

 NAI is the professional organization, recognized nationally and worldwide, which supports individuals working in the field of interpreting natural & cultural heritage by encouraging leadership and excellence in the field.

Notice of MetroParks Standing Committee Meeting

The Horticulture Standing Committee to the Board of Park Commissioners of Mill Creek MetroParks will meet on Friday, June 15, at 5 p.m. on the grounds of Lanterman’s Mill.