Mill Creek MetroParks to Open Roads Closed During Winter Season

Effective Friday, April 5, 2019 the following roads in Mill Creek Park will re-open to vehicular traffic:


  • 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



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

Mill Creek MetroParks Celebrates Spring with Daffodil Weekend

Celebrate spring and discover the delights of daffodils during Daffodil Weekend, inside the Davis Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens (123 McKinley Avenue, Youngstown). Enter your perfect bloom in the daffodil show at the Davis Center on Friday, April 12 from 3 pm – 5 pm and Saturday, April 13 from 8 am – 10 am, judging will begin at 10:30 am and conclude at 12:30 pm. The daffodil show will be open to the public, free of charge Saturday, April 13 from 1 pm – 5 pm and Sunday, April 14 from 10 am – 5 pm. Venture outside and take a stroll through the Gardens on April 13 at 1:00 pm during a guided walk to see the over 200 different species and cultivars in the Narcissus collection. Take a Cohasset Express trolley ride on April 14 at 12:30 pm from the Gardens down to Lake Newport to explore Daffodil Meadow or a hike to Daffodil Meadow at 2:00 pm with the Wild Women of Mill Creek.


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

Mill Creek MetroParks Bikeway Detour Now Open

The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission (OTIC) has been in the process of replacing the existing turnpike bridges located directly south of Kirk Road Trailhead with a large concrete arch culvert, thus creating a tunnel for the bikeway under the turnpike. The project began on July 17, 2018 and is expected to be completed in late 2019.


The OTIC recently completed construction of a temporary detour for MetroParks Bikeway traffic to safely travel around the construction project. The detour is now officially open for use, thus reconnecting the bikeway to the section south of Kirk Road. Once OTIC’s project is totally completed in 2019, the detour will be removed and bikeway traffic will be routed through the new tunnel.

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 4, 2019. The release is expected to occur late 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 For information about Ohio fishing license requirements/stocking program, visit ODNR’s website at

Mill Creek MetroParks to hold Annual Farm Animal Baby Shower

Mill Creek MetroParks will be holding its annual Farm Animal Baby Shower at the MetroParks Farm (7574 Columbiana-Canfield Rd, Canfield) on Sunday, April 7, 2019. Sponsored by 21 WFMJ / WBCB, this is a free, family-friendly event. Families are encouraged to visit anytime between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. to meet new arrivals to the MetroParks Farm including goats, lambs, and bottle baby calf (all born this spring), chicks, ducks, turkeys, geese, and more. There will also be mother animals who are still expecting and a mare with her foal. Cake and punch will be served while supplies last. Donations are accepted. Concession trailer and drinks are available – cash only.  

Farm Animal Baby Shower is also the official opening of the barns at the MetroParks Farm. Barns will be open for the public to come and view the animals daily 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., with extended hours until 6 p.m. during summer months and Sunday’s 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Many baby animals will be here all spring.

For more information on this event, please call 330.702.3000 or visit our website at

Mill Creek Golf Course to Open for the 2019 Golf Season

The North Course at Mill Creek Golf Course will open for the season today, March 28, 2019 at Noon. Hole #55 Bar & Grille will follow shortly after with an opening date of April 1, 2019. The South Course has a tentative opening date of Monday, April 22, 2019, weather permitting. The Practice Range & Learning Center at the Mill Creek Golf Course and the James L. Wick, Jr. Recreation Area Par-3 Golf Course are both scheduled to open on Monday, April 15, 2019. In addition, the tennis courts and sand volleyball courts also located at the Wick Recreation Area will open on Monday, April 15, 2019. Wick Recreation Area hours are 8 am to dark, with lighted night hours of 8 pm – 11 pm beginning Memorial Day weekend.

For more information and/or to schedule tee times, call 330.740.7112 or visit our website at

Mill Creek MetroParks Presents Garden Lecture – Beyond Beauty: Magnolias Around the World

(Youngstown, Ohio) The lecture, Beyond Beauty: Magnolias Around the World, will be held at Fellows Riverside Gardens on Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Magnolias are among the most recognizable, ornamental flowering trees in the world. In addition to beauty, their primitive origins, unique ecological interactions, and conservation value render them as much more than “another pretty face” in the garden. These factors allow them contribute to gardens on many levels that are not often considered. Join Peter Zale, Associate Director, Conservation, Plant Breeding and Collections at Longwood Gardens, as he discusses these factors in a photographically rich exploration of magnolias around the world, as well as a short discussion of the best new magnolia hybrids for the garden.


The 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 register, contact Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330-740-7116 or learn more by visiting

Notice of March Board Meetings

The next Regular Meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners, of Mill Creek MetroParks is scheduled for Monday, March 18, 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.


The Mill Creek MetroParks Board of Park Commissioners have scheduled a Special Board Meeting – Board Retreat, for Saturday, March 23, 2019, at 8 a.m., in Classroom A, at the MetroParks Farm, on Rt. 46 in Canfield. The only item on the agenda is the Board Retreat.

YSU Army ROTC Training to take place at McGuffey Wildlife Preserve

The YSU Army ROTC will be performing training exercises on March 7, 21, 28 and April 5, 2019 at the McGuffey Wildlife Preserve in Coitsville Township. On each scheduled date, training will begin at approximately 3:00 p.m. and conclude at approximately 4:30 p.m. Members will be in uniform and 2 – 3 government vans will be on site.


Notice of February Board Meeting

The next Regular Meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners, of Mill Creek MetroParks is scheduled for Monday, February 11, 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.