Mill Creek MetroParks Parking Lot Closures

Multiple parking lots and asphalt surfaces throughout Mill Creek Park will be temporarily closed for the MetroParks annual asphalt sealing and preventive maintenance project. The work is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, and will continue for several days. Lots will be closed for several days, and will reopen once vehicular traffic is permitted. Several of the prominent lots and surfaces scheduled for work include the following:

 

– Birch Hill Cabin

– Newport Wetlands – North

– Bears Den Cabin

– Bears Den Meadow

– Bears Den Drive – Picnic

– Wick Recreation Area – Ballfield Trail

– Lower Slippery Rock

 

While the lots are closed, the facilities they support will remain open and accessible for public use. Rentals and scheduled programming will not be impacted by this project. Please use alternate parking lots to access these facilities when lots are closed.

 

In the event of inclement weather, the work schedule will be delayed and adjusted accordingly.

Notice of MetroParks Standing Committee Meeting

The Environment Standing Committee to the Board of Park Commissioners, of Mill Creek MetroParks will meet on Friday, July 26, 2019, at 12 o’clock noon, in Classroom A, at the MetroParks Farm.

Notice of MetroParks Special Board Meeting

The Board of Park Commissioners of Mill Creek MetroParks has scheduled a Special Board Meeting for Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 4 p.m., in McMahon Hall at the MetroParks Farm, on Rt. 46, in Canfield. The items on the agenda are project awards. The agenda will be available on the website after 2 p.m. on the day of the meeting.

Busters Brigade donates chip scanners to local law enforcement

The Busters Brigade partnered with local law enforcement to reconnect lost dogs with their owners.

“We do a little bit of everything,” said Trish Collins, a member of the groups board. “It’s just a matter of helping dogs and cats get into the best situation they can.”

Collins said the group became concerned when they learned that a number of police stations locally don’t have a chip scanner, forcing many to take dogs and cats that are lost directly to the pound.

They created a program to solve this problem, by donating scanners to interested law enforcement.

“We just started reaching out and see what the need and interest was,” Collins said. “We were very surprised by the results.”

She explained that the first interested group was the Campbell Police Department.

After that the group has also donated to Poland, Boardman, Struthers and event Mill Creek Park.

The group also reached out to Canfield and Austintown police departments, who already possessed scanners.

“It’s just really important to us to connect lost pets back with their owners as quickly as possible,” Collins said.

The Busters Brigade is fairly new to the area, having started in October 2018.

The group is a 501c3 organization and has been involved in a wide range of community service.

This service includes teaming up with the YSU pre-veterinary group, donating dog food to Second Harvest Food Bank, and providing financial and material assistance to community members struggling to provide for their pets.

“We understand that to a lot of people animals are important members of the family and we just want to make sure animals get to and stay in loving homes,” Collins said.

For more information on the organization or to donate, go to www.bustersbrigade.org.

Full article at vindy.com

Mill Creek improvement plan brings new disc golf course

Even with unpredictable weather, Mill Creek MetroParks is working on its capital improvement plan.

One of the most visible projects this year is the disc golf course. It’s being built at the Mill Creek MetroParks farm property in Canfield.

The park is a building a nine-hole course for beginners and an 18-hole course for serious players.

The work is in the beginning stages right now, but it will be open in the coming weeks.

The total cost is around $25,000 for the course.

“We wanted to diversify the recreational opportunities out here. Obviously we have the bike way, our natural playground, which is evolving all the time, and we think the disc golf course is a wonderful addition,” said Justin Rogers with Mill Creek MetroParks.

The park is also replacing a bridge near Bears Den Cabin and making improvements at the golf course.

 

Full article at wytv.com

Children explore the magic of plants at Mill Creek Park

Mill Creek Metro Parks hosted it’s annual Trekkers Summer Camp for students ages 10-12.

According to Naturalist Lynn Zocolo this year’s theme was Harry Potter’s Herbology and Potions.

“They had a blast,” Zocolo said. “At the end of the week they were all friends.”

During the week children gathered at Fellows Riverside Gardens starting at 9 a.m.

Zocolo said that they had plant and magic based activities planned every day.

“The students were broken into three houses, the oaks, the sassafras and the maples,” Zocolo said. “They competed all week to win the house cup.”

Children spent the week walking through the “enchanted forest,” learning about healing and dangerous plants and event planting their own herb garden.

At the end of the week, Zocolo said that the group spent the final day playing competitive games and celebrating with a feast.

“We spent the whole week learning, so today we are going to take a break from that and focus on having fun,” she said.

The group also celebrated with a trip to the Log Cabin for lunch and a boat ride on Lake Glaicer.

Full article at vindy.com

Rule change increases fishing area at Mill Creek

The Mill Creek MetroParks Board of Park Commissioners approved a fishing rule change at a board meeting Monday.

Under the new rule, fishing in Park District waters is permitted in accordance with Ohio Division of Wildlife regulations from March 1 through November 30.

Fishing will now be permitted in all creeks, streams, lakes and ponds unless otherwise prohibited by the Park District.

Under the previous rule, fishing was only permitted in waters south of Lake Newport Dam, south of Lake Glacier Dam to the Lake Cohasset Dam, and Yellow Creek without special permission.

Full article at wfmj.com

Fishing Rule Change in Mill Creek MetroParks

The Board of Park Commissioners approved a fishing rule change at the July 8, 2019 board meeting. The new rule now states fishing in Park District waters is permitted in accordance with Ohio Division of Wildlife regulations from March 1st through November 30th of each calendar year. Fishing is permitted in all creeks, streams, lakes and ponds unless otherwise prohibited by the Park District.

Under the previous rule, fishing was permitted only in waters south of Lake Newport Dam, south of Lake Glacier Dam to the Lake Cohasset Dam, and Yellow Creek, and at other facilities with special permission.

Notice of MetroParks Standing Committee Meetings

The Finance Standing Committee to the Board of Park Commissioners, of Mill Creek MetroParks will meet on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at 9:00 am, in Classroom A, at the MetroParks Farm.

The Nature Education Standing Committee to the Board of Park Commissioners, of Mill Creek MetroParks will meet on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at 9:00 am, at Ford Nature Center.

Notice of July Board Meeting

The next Regular Meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners, of Mill Creek MetroParks is scheduled for Monday, July 8, 2019, 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.