Mill Creek golf course open for the spring

Are you teed up and ready to get your clubs out? Avid golfers in the Valley might be happy to know that golf season is kicking off. 

The Mill Creek MetroParks Golf Course officially opened for the 2019 season on Thursday. 

Hole #55 Bar & Grille will follow shortly after with an opening date of April 1, 2019. 

A release from the MetroParks says the South Course has a tentative opening date of Monday, April 22, 2019, weather permitting. 

Meanwhile, the Practice Range & Learning Center at the Mill Creek Golf Course and the James L. Wick, Jr. Recreation Area Par-3 Golf Course are both scheduled to open on Monday, April 15, 2019.

A release also says the tennis courts and sand volleyball courts also located at the Wick Recreation Area will open on Monday, April 15, 2019. 

Wick Recreation Area hours are 8 am to dark, with lighted night hours of 8 pm – 11 pm beginning Memorial Day weekend.
 
For more information and to schedule tee times, call 330-740-7112 or visit the Mill Creek MetroParks website. 

View the full article at wfmj.com
 

Portion of Mill Creek Bike Trail detour expected to open next week

With the arrival of spring, many in the Valley are looking for a way to get out and enjoy warmer temperatures. 

For bicyclists in the area that have missed the fourteen-and-a-half mile ride along the entirety of the Mill Creek MetroParks Bike Trail, you’ll likely be in luck soon. 

MetroParks officials say the bike trail is anticipated to open a detour near the Kirk Road Trailhead sometime next week. 

The trail has been closed between Kirk Road and Herbert Road since July 2018. 

According to park officials, the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission was working to replace the turnpike bridges over the Bikeway. 

OTIC replaced the bridges with a large concrete arch culvert, thus creating a tunnel for the bikeway under the turnpike. 

Officials say contractors were out Thursday paving a portion of the new detour. 

Following the paving, crews have some final touches to put in, including fencing, barrier walls, and other safety features. 

Park officials say the official date of the opening of the new detour will depend upon the weather and when the crews can wrap up the final measures. 

During the closure, other sections of the bike trail have remained open, including from Western Reserve Road to Herbert Road, and from Kirk Road north into Niles. However, cyclists have not been able to travel the full length of the trail. 

The actual trailhead under the turnpike is expected to be completed and reopened at the end of 2019.

View the full article at wfmj.com

Mill Creek Park celebrates Pig Day

Mill Creek MetroParks hosted a Pig Day event March 2 at Metro Park Farm.

Naturalist Brenda Markley organized the event, which was a combination between celebrating pig day and the year of the pig in the Chinese New Year.

“It’s a fun way to let people learn about pigs, as well as have a good time at the park,” Markley said.

She prepared a number of pig themed games for children to play during the event.

Community members raced to use their “snouts” to push balls into hoops.

The park also offered pig themed bingo and free temporary pig tattoos.

Children colored photos of pigs, read pig themed books and learned facts about the animals.

“We love all animals here at the farm,” Markley said. “We love to celebrate them when ever we can.”

Community members were also able to visit Penelope, the resident pig at Metro Park Farms.

“It’s just a cute fun day for people to come enjoy spending some time at the park,” Markley said.

For more information on upcoming Metro Park Farms events, go to www.millcreekmetropark.org.

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Mill Creek MetroParks to hold Annual Farm Animal Baby Shower

Mill Creek MetroParks will be holding its annual Farm Animal Baby Shower at the MetroParks Farm (7574 Columbiana-Canfield Rd, Canfield) on Sunday, April 7, 2019. Sponsored by 21 WFMJ / WBCB, this is a free, family-friendly event. Families are encouraged to visit anytime between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. to meet new arrivals to the MetroParks Farm including goats, lambs, and bottle baby calf (all born this spring), chicks, ducks, turkeys, geese, and more. There will also be mother animals who are still expecting and a mare with her foal. Cake and punch will be served while supplies last. Donations are accepted. Concession trailer and drinks are available – cash only.  

Farm Animal Baby Shower is also the official opening of the barns at the MetroParks Farm. Barns will be open for the public to come and view the animals daily 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., with extended hours until 6 p.m. during summer months and Sunday’s 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Many baby animals will be here all spring.

For more information on this event, please call 330.702.3000 or visit our website at www.millcreekmetroparks.org.

Mill Creek Golf Course to Open for the 2019 Golf Season

The North Course at Mill Creek Golf Course will open for the season today, March 28, 2019 at Noon. Hole #55 Bar & Grille will follow shortly after with an opening date of April 1, 2019. The South Course has a tentative opening date of Monday, April 22, 2019, weather permitting. The Practice Range & Learning Center at the Mill Creek Golf Course and the James L. Wick, Jr. Recreation Area Par-3 Golf Course are both scheduled to open on Monday, April 15, 2019. In addition, the tennis courts and sand volleyball courts also located at the Wick Recreation Area will open on Monday, April 15, 2019. Wick Recreation Area hours are 8 am to dark, with lighted night hours of 8 pm – 11 pm beginning Memorial Day weekend.

For more information and/or to schedule tee times, call 330.740.7112 or visit our website at www.millcreekmetroparks.org

Mill Creek MetroParks Presents Garden Lecture – Beyond Beauty: Magnolias Around the World

(Youngstown, Ohio) The lecture, Beyond Beauty: Magnolias Around the World, will be held at Fellows Riverside Gardens on Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Magnolias are among the most recognizable, ornamental flowering trees in the world. In addition to beauty, their primitive origins, unique ecological interactions, and conservation value render them as much more than “another pretty face” in the garden. These factors allow them contribute to gardens on many levels that are not often considered. Join Peter Zale, Associate Director, Conservation, Plant Breeding and Collections at Longwood Gardens, as he discusses these factors in a photographically rich exploration of magnolias around the world, as well as a short discussion of the best new magnolia hybrids for the garden.

 

The 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 register, contact Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330-740-7116 or learn more by visiting www.millcreekmetroparks.org.

Notice of March Board Meetings

The next Regular Meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners, of Mill Creek MetroParks is scheduled for Monday, March 18, 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.

 

The Mill Creek MetroParks Board of Park Commissioners have scheduled a Special Board Meeting – Board Retreat, for Saturday, March 23, 2019, at 8 a.m., in Classroom A, at the MetroParks Farm, on Rt. 46 in Canfield. The only item on the agenda is the Board Retreat.

YSU Army ROTC Training to take place at McGuffey Wildlife Preserve

The YSU Army ROTC will be performing training exercises on March 7, 21, 28 and April 5, 2019 at the McGuffey Wildlife Preserve in Coitsville Township. On each scheduled date, training will begin at approximately 3:00 p.m. and conclude at approximately 4:30 p.m. Members will be in uniform and 2 – 3 government vans will be on site.

 

Mutts, owners celebrate Mardi Gras at Mill Creek Park

Dog owners had the chance to celebrate a holiday and walk their dog at the same time on Sunday.

Mardi Paws started at the Ford Nature Center in Mill Creek Park. The walk lasted for two miles.

A dog owner, Debbie Mozzy says it’s a good opportunity to meet other people and their dogs.

“It lets you meet people who have other dogs and you get to make friends and you get your dogs out. It’s really good for the dogs for socializing — it is — and it’s really good for us.

Dog walks at the park are coordinated by MetroMutts. For a schedule, go to the park’s website.

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Notice of February Board Meeting

The next Regular Meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners, of Mill Creek MetroParks is scheduled for Monday, February 11, 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.