Major donation to help fund junior golf tournament at Mill Creek Park

The donation means that the Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation will be the title sponsor of the American Junior Golf Association Tournament over the next four years.

Organizers say this takes some of the pressure off of them.

“It’s good for the longevity of the event. In addition to that, it’s a huge economic impact for our facility and the Mahoning Valley being just a little bit under $2 million when it’s all said and done over the four-year term, so we’re excited about that and what it does for the local community here,” said Mill Creek’s PGA Director Brian Tolnar. 

A portion of the donation will also be used for two beautification projects at the US-224 and West Golf Drive entrances of the golf course.

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Flowers and a Diamond

$110,000 donation to help beautify Mill Creek golf course entrance

A local hospital is donating $110,000, part of which will help beautify the entrances to the Mill Creek MetroParks Golf Course at West Golf Drive and Route 224.

The Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation is expected to announce the donation today to the Mill Creek MetroParks Foundation.

The donation will name Hospital Foundation as a title sponsor of the American Junior Golf Association Tournament for the next four years.

The tournament, being held at Mill Creek Golf Course from June 17-21, is billed as a chance to watch the next generation of golf champions.

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Major donation to help fund junior golf tournament at Mill Creek Park

A big donation will go a long way for the Mill Creek MetroParks Foundation. 

The Mahoning Valley Hospital presented a check for $110,000 to the foundation on Tuesday. 

The donation means that the Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation will be the title sponsor of the American Junior Golf Association Tournament over the next four years.

Organizers say this takes some of the pressure off of them.

“It’s good for the longevity of the event. In addition to that, it’s a huge economic impact for our facility and the Mahoning Valley being just a little bit under $2 million when it’s all said and done over the four-year term, so we’re excited about that and what it does for the local community here,” said Mill Creek’s PGA Director Brian Tolnar. 

A portion of the donation will also be used for two beautification projects at the US-224 and West Golf Drive entrances of the golf course.

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MetroParks Foundation to announce $110K donation Tuesday

The Mill Creek MetroParks Foundation will announce a $110,000 donation Tuesday from the Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation to benefit Mill Creek Golf Course and the American Junior Golf Association Tournament there.

The donation will name the hospital foundation as a four-year title sponsor of the June event at Mill Creek Golf Course, and a portion of the funds will benefit two beautification projects at the U.S. Route 224 and West Golf Drive golf course entrances.

The donation will be announced at a news conference at the MetroParks farm.

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Mill Creek MetroParks offering golf event for those with disabilities

Mill Creek MetroParks’ golf course is adding to its list of programs.

It’s called the Adaptive Golf program — a one-day event that kicks off late this summer. 

Both military members injured in combat and those with permanent disabilities are welcome to participate.

If you sign up, you’ll be coached by PGA-certified instructors on the basics of golf.

The program is set for September 12.

It’s just the first of two more programs Mill Creek MetroParks hopes to hold in spring and fall of 2019. Those will be several weeks long.

Mill Creek already has adaptive tennis, softball and lacrosse programs. 

Details are available on Mill Creek Park’s website or by calling 330-740-7107.

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Florals from the Butler displayed in Weller Gallery

Mill Creek MetroParks in collaboration with the Butler Institute of American Art presents, Florals from the Butler, an array of floral paintings displayed in the Weller Gallery at Fellows Riverside Gardens. These images are part of the Butler Museum’s permanent collection. View the work from artists such as Pete Ballard, Phyllis Beard, George Biddle, Catherine Burchfield, Chen Chi, Bob Guccione and more.

This free exhibit is being displayed now through June 17, 2018 during normal operating hours of Tuesdays – Sundays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., closed Mondays.

For more information on this exhibit, visit or call Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330.740.7116.

Notice of MetroParks Standing Committee Meeting

The Community Engagement Standing Committee to the Board of Park Commissioners of Mill Creek MetroParks will meet on Friday, May 4, 2018, at 10 am in Classroom A at the MetroParks Farm.

Adaptive Golf to be added to the Adaptive Sports Programs at Mill Creek MetroParks

Mill Creek Golf Course will host an Adaptive Golf program this fall as part of a pilot program for 2018. The Mill Creek golf professional staff of Brian Tolnar, Andy Santor and Stacie Butler recently became certified to teach Adaptive Golf by the PGA of America this past April in Columbus, Ohio.  The adaptive program will be taught by the professional staff at Mill Creek and instruct handicapped players, disabled golfers and military members who were injured in combat. Participants will learn all the skills necessary to play the game of golf. A program date of Wednesday, September 12, 2018 has been selected for the one-day pilot program at Mill Creek Golf Course, with details becoming available later this summer. “The staff and I are excited to have learned the skills necessary to be involved with this new player developmental program which has so much to offer to its participants. It’s a great way for us to share the game we all enjoy along with being able to offer new recreational opportunities at the MetroParks,” says Brian Tolnar, PGA Director of Golf. Beyond the pilot program set for this fall, Mill Creek is looking to host a four-week program in the spring and a two-week program in the fall of 2019. This will be in conjunction with the PGA Hope Initiative set forth by the PGA of America and Northern Ohio PGA Section. 

The Adaptive Golf Program is an addition to adaptive programs in tennis, softball and lacrosse which will be offered this summer by Mill Creek MetroParks in collaboration with Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio (ASPO). For the second year, ASPO staff will be providing free instruction in wheelchair tennis basics to participants of any age who have a permanent disability. This year, the Adaptive Tennis program will be held on the new tennis courts at Volney Rogers Field, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 6 – 7:30 pm, from May 1 through May 31. Those interested in participating in this free program are asked to call Ford Nature Center to register. 

The MetroParks is excited to offer for the first time, programs instructed by ASPO for Adaptive Softball and Adaptive LaCrosse, to be held in June/July and July/August respectively. Like Adaptive Tennis, anyone with a permanent disability is welcome to enjoy these free programs.  Details are available in our calendar, or by calling 330.740.7107.

Fellows Gardens’ daffodil show finally opens Friday

As springlike weather finally arrived this week, flowers were coaxed into bloom.

Across Fellows Riverside Gardens, gold- and lemon-hued daffodils, red tulips and deep-purple magnolias emerged and lifted their heads to the long-awaited sunlight.

The few days of nicer weather arrived just in time for Mill Creek MetroParks’ Daffodil Show. Originally scheduled for last weekend and delayed due to weather, the show now will go on.

The annual event at the gardens will take place today, Saturday and Sunday. Participants will show daffodils in all their various cultivars and hues, and the public is invited to come out and enjoy the colorful blooms.

“It’s very unique,” MetroParks Gardens Director Andrew Pratt said of the show. “It’s kind of like a best-of-show for daffodils, sort of like a rose show would be, but we do it with daffodils here at the Gardens.”

Participants will enter their flowers Friday and Saturday morning, then judging will take place on Saturday.

Read more about the event in Friday’s Vindicator or on Vindy.com.

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