Mill Creek MetroParks Road Closures

The following roads in Mill Creek MetroParks will be closed to vehicular traffic as well as cyclists and pedestrians from approximately 6 a.m. until Noon on Sunday, September 16, 2018 for the Green Cathedral Half Marathon/5K:

 

• Bears Den Drive 

• Cross Drive

• New Cross Drive

• Lily Pond Drive

• West Drive

• West Glacier Drive

• Memorial Hill Drive

• East Park Drive

• Valley Drive

• Chestnut Hill Drive

• High Drive

• West Cohasset Drive

• Robinson Hill Drive

• Slippery Rock Bridge

 

Always use caution when driving on MetroParks roads as many of these roads are also used by pedestrians and bicyclists. Pedestrians and bicyclists should be reminded to also use caution and be aware of vehicular traffic when on these roads. For more information about Mill Creek MetroParks, visit our website at www.millcreekmetroparks.org.

Mill Creek MetroParks presents Sunset at the Farm

Mill Creek MetroParks presents Sunset at the Farm to be held at the MetroParks Farm (7574 Columbiana-Canfield Rd., Canfield, OH 44406) on Saturday, September 22 from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Join us as we watch the sun set on the horizon and enjoy the late summer atmosphere at the Farm. Enjoy folk music while roasting marshmallows over the campfire, explore the animal barns or find your way through a corn maze. Watch cider and homemade apple butter demonstrations along with a free sample. Join in playing old-time games or take a tractor-drawn wagon hay ride. Pony rides, face painting, and refreshments will be available for a small fee. 

This event is free and open to the public and sponsored by WKBN 27 First News. For more information, please call Ford Nature Center at 330.740.7107 or visit millcreekmetroparks.org.

AJGA Tournament at Mill Creek Golf Course a Financial Success for Mahoning Valley

The Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation’s American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Junior All-Star Event took place the week of June 17, 2018 at Mill Creek Golf Course. The tournament hosted 124 junior competitors, including seven junior players who earned their spot in a Sunday regional qualifying event from a field of 100 players. Over 100 volunteers, 34 college coaches from all over the United States, and a dozen staff and interns from the AJGA were also in attendance at the 2018 tournament.

The AJGA tournament had an economic impact in the Mahoning Valley of $414,717.00 in 2018 and a three year total of $1,128,014.00 since its inception in 2016. This impact includes lodging for families and AJGA representatives, rental cars, dining and entertainment spending. In addition, a $12,000 donation was made to Mill Creek MetroParks Foundation and AJGA Ace Grant which came from monies raised for the AJGA tournament and Junior-Amateur event held on the Monday prior to the main event. Many thanks to the title sponsor: The Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation as well as Platinum Sponsors: Mahoning County Convention & Visitor Bureau, ACDS and TransAmerica.

Sophie Linder of Carthage, TN was the female champion with scores of 72, 69, and 68 coming in one under par. Aidan Tran of Fresno, CA was the male champion with scores of 68, 67, and 65 setting a new tournament scoring record of ten under par.

Mill Creek MetroParks Golf Course, AJGA, and title sponsor The Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation, are currently under contract through 2021 to ensure the event stays in the Mahoning Valley and state of Ohio.

Notice of September Board Meeting

The next Regular Meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners, of Mill Creek MetroParks is scheduled for Monday, September 10, 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.

Garden Lecture Offered at Fellows Riverside Gardens

The lecture, Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style for Today’s Garden, will be held at Fellows Riverside Gardens on Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Inspired by the tiny plants and dramatic, rocky landscapes found on mountain tops, rock gardening uses a range of unusual, small plants in combination with beautiful stones to create miniaturized landscapes. This approach to gardening is water-wise, perfect for containers, small gardens, and for gardeners interested in exploring a whole new group of beautiful plants. In this talk, Joseph Tychonievich will share beautiful images of rock gardens to get you inspired, the basic principles of creating rock gardens, and an introduction to some of the most beautiful and easy to grow rock garden plants to get you started.

The Rock Gardening Lecture is offered through the John S. & Doris M. Andrews Memorial Lecture Series and is a free public event. Registration is requested, not required. To learn more or to register, contact Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330-740-7116 or www.millcreekmetroparks.org.

Mill Creek Park PGA Junior League Team Captures Title

The PGA Junior League Team from Mill Creek Golf Course, coached by PGA Head Professional Andy Santor, finished the 2018 golf season undefeated to win the Youngstown Divisional Crown. The Youngstown division featured teams from Mill Creek Golf Course, Yankee Run Golf Course, Tippecanoe Country Club, Parto’s Learning Center-Henry Stambaugh Golf Course, and two teams from The Lake Club. The Youngstown Division is one of twelve divisions in the Northern Ohio PGA Section which include: Akron, Cleveland East with three divisions, Cleveland Southeast with two divisions, Mallard Creek, Mansfield-Medina, Cleveland West with two divisions, and Toledo with two divisions.

“We’re proud of Coach Andy Santor and the Mill Creek Golf Course team of dedicated junior golfers who have put in countless hours of practice time on the Course this season. This group of junior golfers are the next generation of players in the game of golf. We’re excited to be a part of this national program which has created additional recreational opportunities for the golf operation at the MetroParks,” says PGA Director of Golf, Brian Tolnar.

Members of the Mill Creek Team that were recently crowned as the 2018 Champions were: Francesca Buchmann, Landen Cameron, Cooper Ensley, Jackson Ensley, Nolan Froelich, James Jablonski, Max Klema, Ethan Marcello, Shaylee Muckleroy, Braeden Sallee, Camryn Sallee, Alec Toporcer, Bryce Van Horn and Sawyer Williams.

2018 Final Standings:
Mill Creek G.C. 6-0
Lake Club #1 4-2
Yankee Run G.C. 3-2-1
Tippecanoe C.C. 2-3-1
Lake Club #2 1-5
Parto’s/Stambaugh G.C. 1-5

Wings of Love Exhibit Now on Display in Weller Gallery

Mill Creek MetroParks presents “Wings of Love” by local photographer Pamela Cohen, now currently on display in the Weller Gallery at Fellows Riverside Gardens. The artist has selected works featuring portraits of large wading birds such as herons, egrets, roseate spoonbills, and wood storks taken in their natural habitat throughout South Carolina and Florida. Ms. Cohen captures the lives of these beautiful creatures with talented and patient photo techniques to be admired by those who view this exquisite exhibit.

This free exhibit is being displayed now through October 3, 2018 during normal operating hours of Tuesdays – Sundays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., closed Mondays. A Meet the Artist session will take place on Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 1 – 3 pm in the Weller Gallery at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Take this opportunity to meet and visit with this talented, local artist.

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

Mill Creek Park Golf Director and Head Golf Professional Nominated for Prestigious Northern Ohio PGA Awards

Northern Ohio PGA announced the nominations of Mill Creek Park Golf Director, Brian Tolnar and Golf Professional, Andy Santor earlier this month. Brian has been nominated for three awards: 2018 Northern Ohio PGA Golf Professional of the Year, Merchandiser of the Year, and Player Development. Andy has been nominated for the 2018 Northern Ohio PGA Teacher of the Year making this his eighth straight year for nomination.

The awards Brian has been nominated bestow special recognition on a PGA Golf Professional who has performed outstanding services as an overall PGA Professional, outstanding qualities of leadership, strong moral character, a substantial record of service to the Association and the game of golf, and has excelled as business persons/merchandisers in the promotion of golf. “I feel honored to be nominated for these three awards, the game of golf is my passion and to be recognized for doing something that I love is quite an honor”, says PGA Golf Director, Brian Tolnar.

The awards Andy has been nominated bestow special recognition on a PGA Golf Professional who has performed outstanding services as a golf teacher and coach and has displayed an extraordinary contribution and achievement in the area of youth player development. “It’s great to be nominated by a group of your peers and the Northern Ohio PGA Section. We’ve worked very hard on changing the culture at Mill Creek and it’s quite an honor to have been nominated and to be in the mix of the best of the best,” says PGA Head Golf Professional, Andy Santor.

The Northern Ohio PGA is an association of golf professionals. The mission of the Northern Ohio PGA is to promote interest and enjoyment in the game of golf while enhancing the well-being of its members. 2018 Nominees will find out the selections at the Northern Ohio PGA Sections Fall Meeting at the Blair Center at Westfield Country Club later this October.

New Wooden Bridges on Hiking Trail at Sebring Woods

Mill Creek MetroParks recently completed construction of two wooden bridges on the hiking trail at Sebring Woods. The hiking trail is named after the creek that the bridges cross over, Fish Creek Trail, and is a 0.7-mile primitive hiking trail loop. This primitive trail loop features two natural creek crossings and meanders through a variety of habitats, including wooded wetlands and upland forests. The aggregate parking lot to access the hiking trail, recently completed in January 2018, is located on Johnson Road in the Village of Sebring.

Mill Creek MetroParks Road Closures

The following roads in Mill Creek MetroParks will be closed to vehicular traffic as well as cyclists and pedestrians from approximately 7 a.m. until Noon on Sunday, August 26, 2018 for the Covelli Panerathon:

 

• Price Road

• Price Road entrance of Fellows Riverside Gardens

• West Glacier Drive

• West Drive

• Slippery Rock Bridge

 

Always use caution when driving on MetroParks roads as many of these roads are also used by pedestrians and bicyclists. Pedestrians and bicyclists should be reminded to also use caution and be aware of vehicular traffic when on these roads. For more information about Mill Creek MetroParks, visit our website at www.millcreekmetroparks.org.