Mill Creek MetroParks Road Closures

The following roads in Mill Creek MetroParks will be closed to vehicular traffic as well as cyclists and pedestrians from approximately 6 a.m. until Noon on Sunday, September 16, 2018 for the Green Cathedral Half Marathon/5K:


• Bears Den Drive 

• Cross Drive

• New Cross Drive

• Lily Pond Drive

• West Drive

• West Glacier Drive

• Memorial Hill Drive

• East Park Drive

• Valley Drive

• Chestnut Hill Drive

• High Drive

• West Cohasset Drive

• Robinson Hill Drive

• Slippery Rock Bridge


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 presents Sunset at the Farm

Mill Creek MetroParks presents Sunset at the Farm to be held at the MetroParks Farm (7574 Columbiana-Canfield Rd., Canfield, OH 44406) on Saturday, September 22 from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Join us as we watch the sun set on the horizon and enjoy the late summer atmosphere at the Farm. Enjoy folk music while roasting marshmallows over the campfire, explore the animal barns or find your way through a corn maze. Watch cider and homemade apple butter demonstrations along with a free sample. Join in playing old-time games or take a tractor-drawn wagon hay ride. Pony rides, face painting, and refreshments will be available for a small fee. 

This event is free and open to the public and sponsored by WKBN 27 First News. For more information, please call Ford Nature Center at 330.740.7107 or visit

AJGA Tournament at Mill Creek Golf Course a Financial Success for Mahoning Valley

The Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation’s American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Junior All-Star Event took place the week of June 17, 2018 at Mill Creek Golf Course. The tournament hosted 124 junior competitors, including seven junior players who earned their spot in a Sunday regional qualifying event from a field of 100 players. Over 100 volunteers, 34 college coaches from all over the United States, and a dozen staff and interns from the AJGA were also in attendance at the 2018 tournament.

The AJGA tournament had an economic impact in the Mahoning Valley of $414,717.00 in 2018 and a three year total of $1,128,014.00 since its inception in 2016. This impact includes lodging for families and AJGA representatives, rental cars, dining and entertainment spending. In addition, a $12,000 donation was made to Mill Creek MetroParks Foundation and AJGA Ace Grant which came from monies raised for the AJGA tournament and Junior-Amateur event held on the Monday prior to the main event. Many thanks to the title sponsor: The Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation as well as Platinum Sponsors: Mahoning County Convention & Visitor Bureau, ACDS and TransAmerica.

Sophie Linder of Carthage, TN was the female champion with scores of 72, 69, and 68 coming in one under par. Aidan Tran of Fresno, CA was the male champion with scores of 68, 67, and 65 setting a new tournament scoring record of ten under par.

Mill Creek MetroParks Golf Course, AJGA, and title sponsor The Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation, are currently under contract through 2021 to ensure the event stays in the Mahoning Valley and state of Ohio.

MetroParks efforts bring in more than $2.4 million in private donations

Organized fundraising efforts have paid off in spades for Mill Creek MetroParks, according to a development update provided to the park board Monday.

MetroParks Development Director Chris Litton reported the MetroParks has brought in more than $2.4 million in private donations so far this year. That is substantially more than the previous annual totals of $17,334 in 2016, $106,325 in 2015 and $334,625 in 2014, according to figures Litton presented.

“We’ve really done quite a bit with a short period of time,” Litton said.

This year, the MetroParks launched an endowment drive and a capital campaign. To date, the park has raised more than $825,000 in endowments and $1 million in capital contributions, according to Litton.

Additionally, the MetroParks will get about $310,000 from the sale of a house on Clingan Road in Struthers that had been donated to the park system by local philanthropists Bruce and Nancy Beeghly. Those funds will help pay for a renovation of Ford Nature Center.

The park system this year has received more than $15,000 in memorial/tribute donations, and $285,000 from donors for specific projects, Litton reported.

“I think the numbers speak for themselves,” MetroParks Executive Director Aaron Young said. “We’re going to hope to end the year on a high note.”

In other business, the board set equipment and rental fees for the new dek hockey rink at Wick Recreation Area. Dek hockey is a version of ice hockey that is played on foot instead of skates.

The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation covered the majority of the $250,000 cost of installing the rink at the park’s former ice-skating area.

The rink is free to use if it has not been reserved. A 60-minute reservation costs $20 for Mahoning County residents and $30 for non-residents.

Hockey and lacrosse sticks will cost $2 to rent and there will be a $1 charge for a dek puck/ball.

The MetroParks also will offer dek leagues, with rates of $500 for adult teams and $50 for individual children.

In other business, the board passed a resolution related to the final phase of a project that will complete the Mill Creek MetroParks Bikeway. The project will extend the bikeway from Western Reserve Road to Washingtonville, where it will meet Columbiana County’s bike trail.

Young said the MetroParks is in the middle of the final phase and is now moving forward with purchasing vacant property along the trail’s planned route. He said he expects construction to begin in about a year.

The board authorized MetroParks staff to apply for a federal grant that would cover up to 80 percent of the estimated $200,000 cost of rehabilitating the Old Orchard Bridge on Chestnut Hill Drive.

Additionally, the board recognized members of the Mill Creek PGA Junior League, a youth golf program coached by Professional Golfers’ Association and Ladies Professional Golf Association professionals. The Mill Creek team, one of six in the local division, went undefeated this season.

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Notice of September Board Meeting

The next Regular Meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners, of Mill Creek MetroParks is scheduled for Monday, September 10, 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.

Garden Lecture Offered at Fellows Riverside Gardens

The lecture, Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style for Today’s Garden, will be held at Fellows Riverside Gardens on Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Inspired by the tiny plants and dramatic, rocky landscapes found on mountain tops, rock gardening uses a range of unusual, small plants in combination with beautiful stones to create miniaturized landscapes. This approach to gardening is water-wise, perfect for containers, small gardens, and for gardeners interested in exploring a whole new group of beautiful plants. In this talk, Joseph Tychonievich will share beautiful images of rock gardens to get you inspired, the basic principles of creating rock gardens, and an introduction to some of the most beautiful and easy to grow rock garden plants to get you started.

The Rock Gardening 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 learn more or to register, contact Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330-740-7116 or

Mill Creek MetroParks Road Closures

The following roads in Mill Creek MetroParks will be closed to vehicular traffic as well as cyclists and pedestrians from approximately 7:00 a.m. until Noon on Saturday, September 8, 2018 for the YMCA Community Cup:

• West Glacier Drive
• West Drive
• Bears Den Drive
• New Cross Drive
• Cross Drive
• West Cohasset Drive
• High Drive
• Chestnut Hill Drive
• Valley Drive
• Slippery Rock Bridge

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 Park PGA Junior League Team Captures Title

The PGA Junior League Team from Mill Creek Golf Course, coached by PGA Head Professional Andy Santor, finished the 2018 golf season undefeated to win the Youngstown Divisional Crown. The Youngstown division featured teams from Mill Creek Golf Course, Yankee Run Golf Course, Tippecanoe Country Club, Parto’s Learning Center-Henry Stambaugh Golf Course, and two teams from The Lake Club. The Youngstown Division is one of twelve divisions in the Northern Ohio PGA Section which include: Akron, Cleveland East with three divisions, Cleveland Southeast with two divisions, Mallard Creek, Mansfield-Medina, Cleveland West with two divisions, and Toledo with two divisions.

“We’re proud of Coach Andy Santor and the Mill Creek Golf Course team of dedicated junior golfers who have put in countless hours of practice time on the Course this season. This group of junior golfers are the next generation of players in the game of golf. We’re excited to be a part of this national program which has created additional recreational opportunities for the golf operation at the MetroParks,” says PGA Director of Golf, Brian Tolnar.

Members of the Mill Creek Team that were recently crowned as the 2018 Champions were: Francesca Buchmann, Landen Cameron, Cooper Ensley, Jackson Ensley, Nolan Froelich, James Jablonski, Max Klema, Ethan Marcello, Shaylee Muckleroy, Braeden Sallee, Camryn Sallee, Alec Toporcer, Bryce Van Horn and Sawyer Williams.

2018 Final Standings:
Mill Creek G.C. 6-0
Lake Club #1 4-2
Yankee Run G.C. 3-2-1
Tippecanoe C.C. 2-3-1
Lake Club #2 1-5
Parto’s/Stambaugh G.C. 1-5

Wings of Love Exhibit Now on Display in Weller Gallery

Mill Creek MetroParks presents “Wings of Love” by local photographer Pamela Cohen, now currently on display in the Weller Gallery at Fellows Riverside Gardens. The artist has selected works featuring portraits of large wading birds such as herons, egrets, roseate spoonbills, and wood storks taken in their natural habitat throughout South Carolina and Florida. Ms. Cohen captures the lives of these beautiful creatures with talented and patient photo techniques to be admired by those who view this exquisite exhibit.

This free exhibit is being displayed now through October 3, 2018 during normal operating hours of Tuesdays – Sundays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., closed Mondays. A Meet the Artist session will take place on Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 1 – 3 pm in the Weller Gallery at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Take this opportunity to meet and visit with this talented, local artist.

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

Summer tours of MetroParks Farms showcase farm

The Mill Creek MetroParks Farms hosted their weekly family tour event on Aug. 2.

The event runs throughout the summer and is used to showcase all the unique aspects of the farms while providing a fun event for families to attend together.

“Primarily it gives families the opportunity to bring little kids in,” said Bill Gilmour, a parks employee who ran the tour, “It’s a group bonding thing.”

The Family Tour event has been going on every summer for about a decade according to Kimberly Moff, a parks employee.

“It helps to keep people in touch with the farm,” Moff said.

She explained that a lot of people, even adults, are unaware of where the food they eat comes from.

This tour helps to showcase what the MetroParks Farms do, and how they operate to create the food we eat every day.

“We talk a lot about the farm to try to keep them in touch with the fact that their food doesn’t just come from the grocery store, there’s actually a place where it all starts,” Moff said.

To attend the event families have to preregister through the Metro Parks and 35 people are welcome to attend each week.

Gilmour said that even though the event takes place weekly in the summer, they still have a full or almost full group every Thursday.

To battle these numbers the parks also hosts a similar tour event about once a month on a Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Moff said.

During the tour guests take a tractor ride through the farms.

The tour goes to the poultry house and the barns where tour guests get to see and learn about all of the animals the farms keep.

“If we are harvesting wheat we can talk about that, if they are making hay we are talking about that,” Moff said. “Its kind of based on what we have going on at the farm at the time.”

During the tractor ride the tour guide uses props and goes over information about the farm and animals. The tour also goes through the barns where all of the new and old animals live, sometimes allowing children and their families to pet them. Recently, the farms have been showcasing the new born babies they have, including kids and calves Gilmour said.

“I always tell the kids on the tour that we have real kids.” he said.

The Family Tour Thursday event will take place through Aug. 23 at the MetroParks Farms.

To learn more or preregister for the event, you can go to

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