‘Tee it up:’ Golfers return to Mill Creek Golf Course

The longer days show you it’s spring, and you’ll see another sign this week when golfers return to Mill Creek Golf Course starting Wednesday.

Some final preparation work was being done around the course on Tuesday — a grass cutting, the golf carts were gassed up and the pro shop cleaned up.

The North Course opens at 9 a.m. and the first golfers will go out at 10 a.m.

The tee sheet is filling up. It will be the 94th year of golf at the park’s courses, which opened in 1928.

“I’m super excited just for the fact that we get to play golf again. It’s been a long winter this past offseason with a lot of snow, so I know a lot of people will have that itch to come out and cabin fever to go tee it up, and we’re certainly super happy to be able to give them a venue this spring,” said PGA Director fo Golf Brian Tolnar.

The Par-3 Golf Course opens Friday, and the South Course opens on April 11.

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Mill Creek MetroParks acquires land in Smith Twp.

The Mill Creek MetroParks is expanding after acquiring 161 acres of land in Smith Township.

The MetroParks now owns Hawkins Marsh, which is located on W. Western Reserve Road.

“The property is of interest because of the 161 acres. Nearly 80 acres of that are forested wetlands which are category three wetlands which are high quality,” said Executive Director of Mill Creek Metroparks Aaron Young.

Young said it was the perfect opportunity to preserve unique habitats while serving a previously under-served area.

The MetroParks partnered with West Creek Conservancy in the acquisition of the property, and Young said in this instance it was very cost-effective with about 75% of the funding coming through the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund.

“But the balance — the 24% — was made available through a bargain sale, so this is an acquisition where zero tax dollars were expended,” said Young.

Young said development of the parcel of land is going to be limited due to what’s supported by the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund.

There will be no active recreation on the property. Rather it’ll be geared toward passive recreation activities like hiking, walking and birdwatching.

oung said they’re currently working on an application for another round of funding to potentially fund those improvements.

As for when the project will be complete, that will depend on the funding application.

Young said he wouldn’t expect any development of the parcel until 2023 or later.

“Any chance we can get to serve individuals or a community that we didn’t have a presence in before is a day to celebrate and today is that day,” said Young.

Mill Creek MetroParks now contains more than 5,000 acres of land, with the addition of the Hawkins Marsh area.

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Mill Creek Metroparks acquire 161-acre wetland in SW Mahoning County

Mill Creek Metroparks has increased its footprint to more than 5,000 acres following the purchase of 161 acres of land in the southwestern part of Mahoning County.

Park officials announced on Tuesday that they have acquired land in Smith Township on West Western Reserve Road, known as Hawkins Marsh.

The property, which consists of a variety of unique natural habitats including wetlands, was obtained through a partnership with the West Creek Conservancy to acquire an $843,800 grant from the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund.

“The acquisition of this unique property is another step forward in the mission of the MetroParks serving the needs of all of Mahoning County,” said MetroParks Executive Director, Aaron Young.

Under parameters set by the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund, future development of the land will be limited to passive recreation such as wildlife observation, walking, or other activities to ensure the least impact on the wetland.

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