Mill Creek Park serves up new pitching machines

Are you interested in practicing your swing? New pitching machines have been installed at Mill Creek Park.

There are three softball and four baseball machines at the Wick Park Recreation Area.

Those interested can get tokens at the Par 3 building. They also have helmets and bats that you can use for free.

All equipment will be sanitized after each use and every batter must wear a face mask while in the batting cage.

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Future of public parks amid coronavirus pandemic

With the weather warming up and most activities put on hold, public parks are one of the few places for people to go…but it isn’t just by nature they’re open.

“We really do urge people to follow the guidelines, use the social distancing, make sure that you’re at least six feet away.” says Jaime Yohman, Community Engagement Director at Mill Creek Metroparks.

On Monday, Ohio governor Mike DeWine hinted at a possible shutdown of parks, due to many reports of people not practicing social distancing.

“It is such a great asset that we have in our community, and we would really hate to see it be closed because people are not following the rules and guidelines that are put into place by the governor.”, Yohman added.

Boardman police also have their hands full overseeing the parks, making it hard to respond to those in need.

“The less traffic out there, the less we have to potentially interact with them…the more that happens, the more our officers are in our neighborhoods.”, says Boardman Police Chief Todd Werth., the pain we’re going

The common theme among everyone is the more we do now, the more we’ll be able to do sooner.

“The more we can do right now, the pain we’re going to feel right now, and those kinds of things are going to end this quicker, and let us get back to a sense of normalcy.”, added Werth.

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ODNR to release rainbow trout in Mill Creek Park

Even though temperatures won’t be that warm on Thursday, you might want to get your fishing poles out of storage.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’s Division of Wildlife is having its yearly rainbow trout release in Mill Creek Park.

ODNR will dump 2,500 fish into Lake Glacier sometime in the late morning — the exact time hasn’t been determined. 

You must have a fishing license in order to catch the fish, and you can only catch up to five per day. In addition, foul-hooks are not permitted, and no fishing is permitted in the area directly adjacent to the Lake Glacier Boathouse and the pedestrian bridge. 

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Mill Creek maintaining trails, says it’s a never ending battle

More than 45 miles of trails snake their way through Mill Creek Metroparks and workers say maintaining them is a never-ending battle. Steve Avery of the Mill Creek Metroparks says this is a battle worth fighting.

“The majority of our trails are existing trails — so we are trying to maintain what we already have. So there’s infrastructure, there’s retaining walls, there’s drainage.”

The park says they spend more than $100 thousand every year to keep the trails in good condition.

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Mill Creek Park bike trail closed for bridge replacements

The Metro Parks bike trail will be closed near the Kirk Road entrance in Austintown.

The Ohio Turnpike is rebuilding two bridges that go over the trail. So they’re shutting down the trail for safety concerns.

Bikers and walkers cannot go south on the bike trail from Kirk Road. But you can still get onto the trail going north.

The bridges crews are replacing are just south of Kirk Rd.

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Notice of MetroParks Standing Committee Meetings

The Environment Standing Committee to the Board of Park Commissioners of Mill Creek MetroParks will meet Thursday, April 12, 2018, Noon, in Classroom A at the MetroParks Farm. 

The Horticulture Standing Committee to the Board of Park Commissioners of Mill Creek MetroParks will meet Thursday, April 12, 2018, 6 p.m., at Birch Hill Cabin, off of McCollum Road, Youngstown.

The Nature Education Standing Committee to the Board of Park Commissioners of Mill Creek MetroParks will meet Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 6:30 p.m., in Classroom A at the MetroParks Farm.

Notice of April Board Meeting

The next Regular Meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners, of Mill Creek MetroParks is scheduled for Monday, April 9, 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.

Health officials expand bacteria testing at Mill Creek Park’s Lake Newport

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