Winter Road Closings in Mill Creek MetroParks

(Youngstown, Ohio)  Effective Monday, December 2, the following roads in Mill Creek Park will be closed to vehicular traffic for the winter:

  • Chestnut Hill Drive, between Canfield Road and the Kirkmere Spur
  • High Drive, between the Kirkmere Spur and West Cohasset Drive
  • Calvary Run Drive, between Belle Vista Avenue and Milton Avenue

When snow and ice create slippery conditions, roadways with limited shoulders, lack of guardrails, and steep grades become increasingly hazardous for motorists. While closed to vehicular traffic, these roads are available for various recreational uses, such as hiking, bicycling, cross country skiing and sledding. Additional benefits of the road closures include cost savings associated with snow/ice removal as well as a reduction of negative environmental impacts from deicing salt.

All roads will reopen in the spring when weather permits. For more information, call the Mill Creek MetroParks Administrative Office at 330.702.3000.

Mill Creek MetroParks Bikeway – Advancing the Regional Trail Network

Mill Creek MetroParks Bikeway was recently featured in the 2012 Annual Report of the Benedum Foundation, which has just been published.  The story, which features Power of 32 and other regional endeavors, may be accessed at www.powerof32.org or at www.benedum.org.

Mill Creek MetroParks Rebranding Effort Continues with Launch of New Website

MillCreekMetroParks.org will provide an interactive and informational opportunity for visitors to explore, experience and enjoy the MetroParks online.

Mill Creek MetroParks announces today the launch of their new website, www.millcreekmetroparks.org. “The introduction of the newly designed website, offers quick and easy access to essential MetroParks information while creating a more interactive and user-friendly experience. The restructured website offers a clean, modern look while providing opportunities for residents to explore, experience and enjoy the vast amount of opportunities the MetroParks offers,” said Executive Director Dennis Miller.

The new home for Mill Creek MetroParks online is a comprehensive resource of everything the MetroParks has to offer. Key features to the new website include:

  •  A responsive layout, that provides optimal mobile viewing on smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices
  • Interactive map feature identifying landmarks and points of interest within the park
  • Updated calendar of events including additional program details
  • Enhanced images and galleries of all major areas of Mill Creek MetroParks
  • Incorporation of the MetroParks social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter
  • Opportunity to incorporate video content including a new, 6-minute informational video about Mill Creek MetroParks’ past, present and future
  • Increased functionality to make reserving facilities or making tee times easier and faster

Miller added, “The new website is part of an ongoing effort to establish a new brand identity for the MetroParks.” In August 2013, Mill Creek MetroParks unveiled a new brand logo, which has since been incorporated across all areas within the park system. The branding initiative will continue throughout the remainder of 2013 as well as through 2014.

For over 120 years, Mill Creek MetroParks has preserved open spaces and provided recreational activities to residents of Mahoning County. “It is our goal to deliver a modern message for Mill Creek MetroParks in a unified, interactive and informative manner that accurately represents and attracts residents and visitors of Mahoning County to the park,” said Miller.

About Mill Creek MetroParks
Mill Creek Park was established in 1891 by Volney Rogers as the first park district in Ohio. In 1989, the diverse lands now known as Mill Creek MetroParks officially became a metropolitan park district, providing visitors of all ages the opportunity to relish “the gem” of Mahoning County. From the casual visitor to the local explorer, Mill Creek MetroParks offers a natural escape and recreational activities for the enjoyment of all ages.

The mission of Mill Creek MetroParks is to provide park, recreational, and open space facilities of regional significance. In fulfilling this mission our objectives are to be responsive to community needs; to be environmentally sound; to be adaptable; and to be economically feasible.

To explore, experience and enjoy the all-new Mill Creek MetroParks, please visit www.millcreekmetroparks.org or call 330.702.3000. Like us on Facebook at (Mill Creek MetroParks) and follow us on Twitter (@MillCreekMetro) and Instagram (millcreekmetroparks).

MetroParks Roads to Close for Suicide Prevention Walk

On Saturday, October 12, 2013, the following roads in Mill Creek MetroParks will be closed from approximately 7:00 until 11:00 a.m. for the Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk: Bears Den Drive, Cross Drive, New Cross Drive, and West Drive.

MetroParks Roads to Close for Youngstown Peace Race

On Sunday, October 13, 2013, the following roads in Mill Creek MetroParks will be closed from approximately 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. for the Youngstown Peace Race: High Drive, Chestnut Hill Drive, East Park Drive, Valley Drive, West Cohasset Drive, Bears Den Drive, West Drive, West Glacier Drive, Price Road, and the Price Road entrance of Fellows Riverside Gardens.

MetroParks Roads to Close for Green Cathedral Half Marathon

On Sunday, September 15, 2013, the following roads in Mill Creek MetroParks will be closed from approximately 6:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. for the Green Cathedral Half Marathon & 5k Race: West Glacier Drive, West Drive, Bears Den Drive, New Cross Drive, Lily Pond Drive, Cross Drive, West Cohasset Drive, High Drive, Chestnut Hill Drive, East Park Drive, Valley Drive, East Glacier Drive, Memorial Hill Drive, Robinson Hill Drive, Old Mill Drive, Kreider’s Entrance, East Newport Drive, and West Newport Drive. First Annual Race Will Raise Funds for Children’s Play Area.

Vote Early and Often to Make Mill Creek No. 1 Park in US

The world’s largest soft-drink manufacturer has thrown down the gauntlet in a national online campaign to promote and reward America’s most popular parks. Read more

GRAND OPENING – Mill Creek Golf Course Practice Range

A grand opening celebration will be held on Wednesday, July 17, to formally launch the much-anticipated Mill Creek Golf Course Practice Range. Read more

MCMP Strategic Plan/Action Plan Now Available

First there were focus group meetings in December of 2011. Those were followed by public open houses, a mail survey and interviews with community leaders during the first half of 2012. A needs assessment was conducted and demographic studies were completed. All of the information was compiled into the 2013 Strategic Plan, a comprehensive document that will guide the MetroParks through the next ten years. Read more