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Mill Creek MetroParks to Open Roads Closed During Winter Season

Effective Friday, March 29, 2024 the following roads in Mill Creek Park will re-open to vehicular traffic:

  • 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 www.millcreekmetroparks.org.

A Walk Through the Park to be on Display in Weller Gallery

Mill Creek MetroParks presents A Walk Through the Park showcasing works from local artist Thomas Sewickley. This exhibit will feature works of Mill Creek MetroParks in a single, passing moment in time by using soft pastels on sandpaper using a heavy color palette to add energy and to manipulate temperature and contrast. Sewickley chooses sandpaper as his canvas as it allows multiple layers of pigment to be laid down creating a more painterly surface.

This free exhibit will be on display April 6 through July 7, 2024, within the Weller Gallery inside the Davis Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens, during normal operating hours of Tuesdays – Sundays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., closed Mondays.

For more information on this exhibit please visit www.millcreekmetroparks.org or call Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330.740.7116.

About Artist Thomas Sewickley

Thomas Sewickley is a lifelong area resident, raised on the North side of Youngstown. Sewickley attended St. Edwards School and Ursuline High School later going on to attend Youngstown State University to earn his Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) along with a Master of Arts (MA) in Curriculum and Instruction from Kent State University. Sewickley is currently the Digital Art Technologies (Computer Animation, 2D and 3D Design, Photoshop) teacher at Warren G. Harding High School and has been employed at the district for 28 years. He is married and has two adult children.

When e-bikes are coming to Mill Creek

Electric bikes are gaining popularity in the Valley and a program called Cruise the Creek is expanding its operations into Mill Creek to fulfill the need. However many have raised questions about the environmentally-friendly alternative and how it works.

“Get on an e-bike before you make a judgment call about it,” Cruise the Creek operator Patrick Simms said.

He’s going into his third year. He has 17 electric bikes to rent to people and said though the hobby is growing, it brings a lot of questions.

“E-bikes are kind of like the ugly sister of the biking community a little bit just because, you know, they have a motor and people…they have different opinions about it,” he said.

The e-bikes have a few speeds but can’t reach more than 15 mph. They are allowed on the Mill Creek trails.

As long as you pedal – the bike helps you out. Simms said it’s a great way to make exercise more accessible.

“If you’re pedaling with the bike, you’re getting some form of exercise. And that’s more than a lot of people are getting right now,” he said.

This year, Cruise the Creek has expanded into a spot off the Mill Creek Metroparks Kirk Road Trailhead by the bikeway in addition to their spot off Bears Den.

They encourage you to use the bikes to enjoy the parks.

“With e-bikes, it kind of gives you that extra motivation to keep going further because you’re getting assistance with the motor and you’re able to see all the destinations that you wanted to see,” Simms said.

Their rental season starts May 1.

Read the original article at WKBN.