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.

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 8, 2018. 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. Bring cameras for great photo opportunities. 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 www.millcreekmetroparks.org.

Mill Creek Golf Course Scheduled to Open for the 2018 Golf Season

The North Course will open for play on Friday, March 30, 2018, weather permitting. The South Course has a tentative opening date of Monday, April 9, 2018, also 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 16, 2018. In addition, the batting cages, tennis courts and sand volleyball courts also located at the Wick Recreation Area will open on April 16. Wick Recreation Area hours are 8 am to dark, with lighted night hours of 8 pm – 11 pm beginning Memorial Day weekend. 

The South Course will be unveiling all new reconstructed bunkers from the first year of a five-year capital improvement project that took place in the fall of 2017. In addition to the fall bunker reconstruction, the facility will be opening a new cart staging area located in front of the Mill Creek Golf Course Fieldhouse. Bunker restoration is scheduled on the North Course beginning in April through mid-May.

“We’re excited to share all of the completed capital improvement projects and the facility enhancements with the golfing community this season. The golf department staff has been very active during the off-season to improve the facility from what it was three years ago, it has come a long way from then.  I think the golfers of the Mahoning Valley will be pleased with all the upgrades,” says Brian Tolnar, PGA Director of Golf.

Ohio Local Parks Generate $3,456,029,725 in Economic Activity

A new report issued by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) demonstrates the vast economic impact of our nation’s local parks. According to the report, operations and capital spending by Ohio local parks was responsible for $3,456,029,725 in economic activity and supported 30,005 jobs.

Developed in partnership with the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University, the report shows that nationally local parks generate more than $154 billion in economic activity and support more than 1.1 million jobs from the operations and capital spending in 2015. The top 10 states with the highest economic impact in 2015 were:

  • California — $15.9 billion
  • Illinois — $10.6 billion 
  • Texas — $7.7 billion
  • Florida — $7.2 billion
  • New York — $5.2 billion
  • Colorado — $4.0 billion
  • Ohio — $3.4 billion
  • Virginia — $3.2 billion
  • North Carolina — $2.7 billion
  • Washington — $2.6 billion 

“This report demonstrates the vast economic impact of local parks nationwide and for Ohio to be in the top 10 is very exciting,” says Aaron Young, Executive Director at Mill Creek MetroParks. “Our park system continues to strive towards its mission of providing park, recreational, educational, and open space facilities of regional significance.

“Parks provide tremendous health and environmental benefits; however, they are also powerful engines of economic activity,” said Barbara Tulipane, NRPA president and CEO. “This report demonstrates why policymakers and elected officials at all levels of government should prioritize park and recreation funding in communities everywhere. The impact of these investments is huge.”

Dr. Terry Clower, lead investigator for the study, observes: “Local and regional park systems are growing in economic importance, not only as generators of jobs and local business opportunity, but as major contributors to local quality of life.” Clower further notes that quality of life and the availability of recreation amenities is increasingly important for attracting and retaining workers and employers, which extends the economic impacts of park and recreation spending beyond what is captured in the current study.

Public support for parks and recreation is strong. The 2017 NRPA Americans’ Engagement with Parks Survey found 92 percent of Americans agree parks and recreation are important local government services (comparable to police/fire/schools/transportation). Moreover, 85 percent of Americans seek high-quality park and recreation amenities when choosing a new place to live. To access the survey results, click here

To access the report, visit www.nrpa.org/ParkEconReport.

To learn more about NRPA, visit www.nrpa.org.  

Notice of March Board Meeting

A Regular Meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners of Mill Creek MetroParks will be held on Monday, March 12, 2018, at 6 p.m., in McMahon Hall, at the MetroParks Farm, on Rt. 46, in Canfield. The agenda will be available after 2 p.m. on the day of the meeting.

Mill Creek MetroParks Head Professional recognized by the PGA of America

Mill Creek MetroParks Head Professional, Andy Santor, becomes a Certified PGA Professional in the PGA of America. The Certified Professional Program (2.0) is a valuable achievement in a learning strategy aimed at improving PGA Professionals proficiency and advancing facility opportunities. The program is the PGA of America’s career enhancing educational curriculum that supports the goals of the PGA members who are committed to continuously improving their business skills to meet the increasing demands of the golf industry. The PGA of America currently offers four certification career paths: Player Development, Golf Operations, Golf Facility Management and Teaching & Coaching. Each career path consist of 35+ business courses, industry related project and a thesis capstone paper submission for program completion.

“I’m extremely excited to offer the new skills I’ve recently acquired in the PGA Certified Teaching & Coaching Education program at Mill Creek this season. This will give us the ability to offer unique, expanded and cutting edge instructional services moving forward. In addition, it will help us keep our programs fresh and inviting as we look to continue the growth and popularity of our sport in the Mahoning Valley,” says Andy Santor, Head Professional. This makes Santor a member of a very limited and elite group of PGA golf professionals that are certified in the country for Teaching & Coaching by the PGA of America.

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 6:30 a.m. until Noon on Sunday, March 4, 2018 for the Youngstown Road Runners Club Distance Classic Half Marathon:

 

• New Cross Drive 

• Bears Den Drive

• Cross Drive

• West Drive

• Memorial Hill Drive

• West Glacier Drive

• Robinson Hill Drive

• West Cohasset Drive

• High Drive

• Chestnut Hill Drive

• East Park Drive

• Valley Drive

• East Glacier 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.

Notice of MetroParks Standing Committee Meeting

The Environment Standing Committee to the Board of Park Commissioners will meet on Thursday, February 15, 2018, at 1 p.m. in Classroom A at the MetroParks Farm in Canfield.

Notice of February Board Meeting

A Regular Meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners of Mill Creek MetroParks will be held on Monday, February 12, 2018, at 6 p.m., in McMahon Hall, at the MetroParks Farm, in Canfield, on Rt. 46. The agenda will be available after 2 p.m. on the day of the meeting.