Mill Creek MetroParks Winter Road Closures

Effective Friday, December 6, 2019 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: The Magical Woods

Beginning November 30 through December 29, 2019 the D.D. and Velma Davis Education & Visitor Center will be adorned for the annual Winter Celebration event, which is a family-friendly, admission-free event sponsored by WKBN 27 First News. This year’s theme, “The Magical Woods”, takes you to a magical land of fairy families throughout the Davis Center lobby, and discover other mystical creatures in The Enchanted Hollow. Visitors will also be able to participate in a scavenger hunt, and of course, the views of beautiful seasonal flowers on display. The annual tree walk will also be on display throughout the Davis Center where over 50 non-profit organizations display their uniquely decorated trees. Visitors can experience The Magical Woods Tuesdays – Sundays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

 

Every Saturday from November 30 – December 28, the Gardens will be open until 7 p.m. for guests to experience Winter Nights featuring an outdoor light display highlighting winter’s beauty. Inside the Davis Center you will find Unicorn Games and crafts along with live holiday music by local musicians. Plus, find that perfect gift at the Shop in the Gardens and savor refreshments available for purchase in the Garden Cafe.

 

In the spirit of giving, non-perishable food item donations are being accepted for the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley.

 

For more information, please call Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330.740.7116 or visit millcreekmetroparks.org.

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 29, 2019. Stop in from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. to purchase your favorite golfer something special for next season.

On Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1 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 be able to see Lanterman’s Mill dressed in holiday finery for this traditional, family-friendly, free event. Taste chestnuts roasted on an open fire, watch artisans demonstrate old fashioned crafts, purchase unique handcrafted gifts, and enjoy festive entertainment. To share the holiday spirit with others, bring a new hat, scarf, or pair of mittens to decorate a “Giving Tree.” Donated items will warm up children in need this winter.

On Sunday, December 1 head over to the MetroParks Farm for Santa’s Winter Barn from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Santa will make an appearance with some of his animal friends from around the world as he gets his reindeer ready for that big night. Come sit in his sleigh for a holiday picture and make a holiday craft to take home. The family-friendly free event is held in the unheated barn, so please dress for the weather. There is a $1 cash only fee for the children’s holiday craft.

For more information about the holiday weekend events in the MetroParks, please visit millcreekmetroparks.org.

Historical Society Photographs Displayed in Weller Gallery

Mill Creek MetroParks presents “Hidden Gems from the Mahoning Valley Historical Society” which is currently on display in the Weller Gallery at Fellows Riverside Gardens. This exhibit showcases 19th and 20th Century photographs from the archives of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society. These images feature breathtaking, snow-covered landscapes, downtown Youngstown decked for the holidays, people enjoying winter pastimes, and more.

 

This free exhibit will be displayed through January 5, 2020 during normal operating hours of Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., closed Mondays. A Meet the Curator session will take place on December 7 from 5 – 7 pm in the Weller Gallery at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Take this opportunity to meet Curator, Jessica Trickett.

 

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

Notice of November Board Meeting

The next Regular Meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners, of Mill Creek MetroParks is scheduled for Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 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.

Notice of MetroParks Standing Committee Meetings

The Finance Standing Committee to the Board of Park Commissioners, of Mill Creek MetroParks will meet on Saturday, November 9, 2019, at 10:00 am, in Classroom A, at the MetroParks Farm.

The Community Engagement Standing Committee to the Board of Park Commissioners, of Mill Creek MetroParks will meet on Friday, November 22, 2019, at 10:00 am, in Classroom A, at the MetroParks Farm.

Mill Creek MetroParks Road Closures

The following roads and areas in Mill Creek MetroParks will be closed to vehicular traffic, as well as cyclists and pedestrians from approximately 6:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., on Sunday, October 27, 2019 for the Youngstown Marathon:

 

Lily Pond Drive (South of Lily Pond Parking Lot)

West Drive

West Glacier Drive

Price Road

Slippery Rock Bridge

Robinson Hill Drive

East Cohasset Drive

West Cohasset Drive

High Drive

Valley Drive

East Park Drive

Old Mill Drive

East Newport Drive

Kreider’s Entrance

West Newport Drive

East Golf Drive & parking areas

Bear’s Den Drive

Price Road and Lower Gate of Fellows Riverside Gardens

 

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.

Bikeway to Close for Improvement Project

Beginning Wednesday, October 23, 2019 a two-mile section of the MetroParks Bikeway is scheduled to temporarily close for a pavement repair and asphalt resurfacing project. The project will address poor pavement conditions by repairing cracks, planing and excavating uneven pavement, and installing a new course of asphalt pavement.

 

The section of Bikeway in Canfield Township between Western Reserve Road and SR 446 will close for approximately one week. Access to the Bikeway from Western Reserve Road, Leffingwell Road, SR 446, and the MetroParks Farm Trailhead will be prohibited for the entire duration of the project. In the event of inclement weather, the work schedule may be adjusted causing delays to the start or completion of the project.

Notice of October Board Meeting

The next Regular Meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners, of Mill Creek MetroParks is scheduled for Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 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 MetroParks to present Pumpkin Walk at Twilight

Mill Creek MetroParks presents Pumpkin Walk at Twilight on Sunday, October 13, 2019 until 8 p.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens (123 McKinley Avenue, Youngstown, OH 44509). Take part in the wonders of the fall season as you walk along the Gardens’ pumpkin-lined paths as the day turns to night. Starting at 5:30 p.m., families can enjoy live entertainment by Grammy nominated folk artist Steve Free, refreshments, and children’s activities. This free event is open to the public and sponsored by 21 WFMJ/WBCB.

On October 10, 11, and 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., have fun while helping carve family-friendly pumpkins to be displayed during Pumpkin Walk at Twilight. The carving area is located in the Service Building at Fellows Riverside Gardens which may be chilly, so dress according to the weather. Pumpkins and carving tools will be supplied. Carving will continue while pumpkin supplies last and carved pumpkins cannot be taken with you before, during, or after the event – they are to be displayed at the Pumpkin Walk event. Groups of 10 or more should call ahead. This event is also free and open to the public of all ages.
For questions and more information, please call Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330.740.7116 or visit www.millcreekmetroparks.org.