Mill Creek MetroParks Road Closures

The following roads in Mill Creek Park will be closed to vehicular traffic as well as cyclists and pedestrians from approximately 7 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 22, 2018 for the Run Ytown 10 Miler:

• Old Mill Drive

• Kreider’s Entrance

• West Newport Drive

• East Newport Drive

• Chestnut Hill Drive

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 Road Closures

The following roads in Mill Creek Park will be closed to vehicular traffic as well as cyclists and pedestrians from approximately 7 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 22, 2018 for the Run Ytown 10 Miler:

• Old Mill Drive

• Kreider’s Entrance

• West Newport Drive

• East Newport Drive

• Chestnut Hill Drive

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 to Reschedule Daffodil Show Due to Weather and Lack of Blooms

The Daffodil Show scheduled at the Davis Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens (123 McKinley Avenue, Youngstown) on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22 has been rescheduled for next weekend due to the lack of spring-like weather producing daffodil blooms. The rescheduled dates are as follows: Entries will be accepted on Friday, April 27 from 3 pm – 5 pm and Saturday, April 28 from 8 am – 10 am. The show will be open to the public, free of charge Saturday, April 28 from 1 pm – 5 pm and Sunday, April 29 from 10 am – 5 pm.

Kites will Soar at MetroParks’ Kite Festival

Join Mill Creek MetroParks and the Ohio Society for the Elevation of Kites in a celebration of kites and all things that float, soar, and fly through the skies! Experts will brighten the skies with kites and their ingenious designs. Bring your own kite to fly and enter in free games. Youth can enjoy bubbles, wind activities, and sky crafts.

The Kite Festival will be held Saturday, April 28 at the MetroParks Farm from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Activity schedule dependent on weather and wind. The event is free to attend. Create-a-kite kits and some crafting activities have a small free to cover the cost of materials.

For questions and more information, call Ford Nature Center at 330.740.7107.

Capital Improvement Parking Lot Project to begin at Fellows Riverside Gardens

On Monday, April 16, 2018, the MetroParks will begin a capital improvement project on the Fellows Riverside Gardens parking lot. The work is expected to continue for several weeks. 

Throughout the project, the Gardens will be accessible and the Davis Education and Visitor Center will be open during normal operating hours. During the week of April 16, visitors will be able to utilize most of the parking lot to access the Gardens and Visitor Center. Access to the parking lot during this project will be limited, with the Price Road entrance being temporarily closed at times. Visitors will be able to access the Gardens parking lot at all times from the McKinley Avenue entrance.

In the event of inclement weather, the work schedule will be delayed and adjusted accordingly. 

Notice of MetroParks Special Board Meeting

The Board of Park Commissioners of Mill Creek MetroParks has scheduled a Special Board Meeting for Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 9 a.m., in Classroom A at the MetroParks Farm in Canfield. The only item on the agenda is a Board Retreat.

Mill Creek MetroParks to Celebrate the Earth during Earth Day Weekend

Join Mill Creek MetroParks for Earth Day Weekend as we celebrate the Earth and all the opportunities available to connect with Nature at Mill Creek MetroParks.

On Friday, April 20, join MetroParks Naturalists for a frog serenade during our Sounds of Spring hike as you wander through wetland and pond habitats to enjoy the sounds, and hopefully sights of spring. Enter your perfect bloom in the Daffodil Show at the Davis Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens (123 McKinley Avenue, Youngstown) on Friday, April 20 from 3 pm – 5 pm and Saturday, April 21 from 8 am – 10 am. The daffodil show will be open to the public, free of charge Saturday, April 21 from 1 pm – 5 pm and Sunday, April 22 from 10 am – 5 pm.

On Saturday, April 21, local Scout Units and other organizations will spend the morning helping to clean winter’s accumulation of litter across the MetroParks in the Boy Scout Earth Day Clean-Up. Take a stroll through the Gardens on a guided Daffodil Walk with Gordon Vujevic, daffodil expert. Discover over 200 different species and cultivars that are a part of the Fellows Riverside Gardens Narcissus collection, or Hike with a Naturalist to enjoy the beauty and diversity of spring, as you wander along Lake Cohasset and through the forest. Learn about spring wildflowers and more with a Mill Creek MetroParks Naturalist during Trot with your Tot, a short hike to let your children learn and explore nature, or enjoy an early morning bird walk, Birding the Sanctuary, at Mill Creek Wildlife Sanctuary.

On Sunday, April 22, bring the family for Tractor Wagon Ride, a guided tour of the farm leaving approximately every ½ hour. Riders will be updated on the spring planting progress and barns are open to visit the animals. Take a trot down to the creek to view turkeys and signs of nesting in our Turkey Trot program at Ford Nature Center. Turkeys will be strutting their stuff and we will be looking for them!

ODNR Division of Wildlife to Release Rainbow Trout at Mill Creek MetroParks

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife is donating approximately 2,500, 10 – 14” catchable-size rainbow trout to Mill Creek MetroParks and they are scheduled to deliver the fish to Lake Glacier on Thursday, April 12, 2018. The release is expected to occur in the morning, but the specific time is unknown based on several factors, as determined by ODNR and their hatchery.

Anglers must comply with the following rules:

·         State of Ohio fishing licenses are required

·         Foul-hooks are not permitted

·         Five (5) fish per person per day limit

·         No fishing is permitted in the area directly adjacent to the Lake Glacier Boathouse nor from the pedestrian bridge.

 

ODNR Division of Wildlife officials and Mill Creek MetroParks Police are authorized to check for current fishing licenses and to inspect all fish caught. 

For more information about Mill Creek MetroParks and fishing/boating season, visit our website at www.millcreekmetroparks.org. For information about Ohio fishing license requirements/stocking program, visit ODNR’s website at http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov.

Mill Creek MetroParks Re-Opens Roads Closed During Winter

Effective Friday, March 30, 2018 the following roads in Mill Creek Park will re-open to vehicular traffic:

·         High Drive, between the Kirkmere Spur and West Cohasset Drive

·         Chestnut Hill Drive, between Canfield Road and the Kirkmere Spur

·         Calvary Run Drive, between Belle Vista Avenue and Milton Avenue 

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 road

Lanterman’s Mill Reopening for the Season

Lanterman’s Mill will reopen for the season on Saturday, April 7, with weekend hours only, Saturday and Sunday from Noon – 4 pm, for the remainder of April. Regular season hours will resume in May when Lanterman’s Mill will return to being open Tuesday thru Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm, closed on Mondays.