Beautiful Mill Creek MetroParks (Video)



Beautiful Mill Creek MetroParks

Outstanding video exploring the history, beauty, and diversity of Mill Creek Metroparks, Youngstown, Ohio.

“Mill Creek Park is meant to be a place for pure air, bright sunshine, and grateful shade for daily rest and recreation to all.”Volney Rogers

Book Review: Historic Mill Creek Park (OH) (Images of America)


Book Review

Historic Mill Creek Park (OH) (Images of America) by Carol Potter and Rick Shale

A pictorial history of Mill Creek Park — the most beautiful urban park in America.

Founded in 1891 as Ohio’s first park district, Mill Creek Park encompasses a unique wealth of natural and designed features that have been the backdrop for generations of family memories, spanning three centuries. A remarkable visionary, park founder Volney Rogers argued that the land itself could improve the lives of Youngstown’s residents. Through fresh air for mill-weary lungs and tree laced horizons for workroom-bound spirits, he knew a park would make the community a better place for families. And he succeeded magnificently.

Rogers and the nationally known landscape architects that he hired created breathtaking vistas of Lanterman’s Falls and scenic gorges and designed trails, drives, and three pleasure lakes. Other park features include nature preserves, display gardens, recreational fields, a Donald Ross-designed golf course, and a legacy of historic structures. Mill Creek Park indeed has earned its legendary claim as the most beautiful urban park in America.

Carol Potter is development director of Mill Creek MetroParks. Rick Shale, a professor of English at Youngstown State University, serves as a park commissioner. Potter and Shale are both graduates of Ohio Wesleyan University. Carol Potter is development director of Mill Creek MetroParks. Rick Shale, a professor of English at Youngstown State University, serves as a park commissioner. Potter and Shale are both graduates of Ohio Wesleyan University. Proceeds from the book will be donated to the Mill Creek Park Foundation Land Conservancy Fund.

Images of beautiful Mill Creek MetroPark via Flickr.

Mill Creek Metropark Needs Your Vote Votes!

Mill Creek Metropark Needs Votes!

Help Mill Creek Park win “America’s Favorite Park” title plus $100,000 from Coca-Cola.

As of Sunday, July 14:
Mill Creek Park in 9th place with 13,051 votes!

Vote. Help Mill Creek Park win $100K!Contest ends July 15, 2013.

Visit to cast your vote or click the image left. You can easily register and vote once daily until the contest end date. Make sure you select MILL CREEK PARK – YOUNGSTOWN.

Coca-Cola challenges all Americans to: ‘Take It To The Park,” get active and vote to help Mill Creek Park win a grant as part of the fourth-annual America Is Your Park campaign.

The park with the most votes will win a $100,000 recreation grant from Coca-Cola and the title of ‘America’s Favorite Park.’ Second- and third-place parks will win $50,000 and $25,000 grants, respectively. Another $15,000 grant will be awarded, at random, to a lucky park that comes in 4th to 25th on the leader board.

Please — step up and help Mill Creek park win up to $100,000 from Coca-Cola. So go outdoors, get active and turn it into votes for your Mill Creek Park! It could win a $100,000 prize to help to finish these components of the Children’s Play Area at the James L. Wick Recreation Area:

  1. Adventure Playground,
  2. Tot Playground,
  3. Sand Playground
  4. Wet Playground.

vote Mill Creek Park your Favorite Park.Every vote counts and you can vote every day until the end of the contest July 15, 2013. So please, cast your vote and encourage your family and friends to vote too.

So get moving, vote today and every day and Take It To The Park!

Fall Foliage 2012 Update Week 5


ODNR Fall Foliage Update No. 5 – Oct. 17, 2012

Spectacular Fall Color Provides the Perfect Backdrop for a Fall Outing This Weekend

Lake Newport, Mill Creek Park- Fall 2012

Lake Newport, Mill Creek Park- Fall 2012 (J.Pearce)

An array of colors from deep reds to golds will provide the perfect backdrop this weekend for hikers ready to reconnect with the outdoors, according to Casey Burdick, fall color forester for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

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Mill Creek Topples Ash Trees to Throttle Beetle Scourge



Mill Creek Ash Trees Axed to Thwart Beetle Infestation

Mill Creek MetroParks workers are cutting down stricken Ash trees to allay imminent danger to hundreds more threatened by the emerald ash borer beetle.

Elise Franco in an article on published: Sun, January 29, 2012 reported:

Emerald Ash Borer Beetle

Ellen Speicher, Metro-Parks assistant horticulture director, said crews began cutting infested ash trees in areas of the park that are highly visited by people, such as parking lots and pavilions, to protect visitors from falling trees.

She said they’ve already cut about 100 trees of all ages and sizes, and over the next three to four years, likely will cut 200 to 300 more that will die due to infestation.

The emerald ash borer is a beetle native to Asia that was discovered several years ago in Michigan. The beetle bores into the tree, and its larvae tunnel into the inner bark, making it unable to transport water and nutrients, Speicher said.

“Last year, they definitely reached this area, and we’ve found multiple infested areas in the park,” she said. “We’ll be faced with hundreds of dying ash trees over the next several years.”

Speicher said once a tree is infested, it will live another three to four more years. It’s for this reason that she said MetroParks crews are taking down doomed trees in highly populated areas.

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Old Fashioned Christmas At The Mill

Saturday, November 26, 2011 – 11:00am/5:00pm — Sunday, November 27, 2011 – 11:00am/5:00pm

Mill Creek Park, Lanterman MillLanterman’s Mill will be decked our in holiday finery for a very special Old Fashioned Christmas. You can taste chestnuts roasted over an open fire, give Santa your wish list, purchase unique gifts, and watch artisans demonstrate crafts like weaving, pottery and wood carving. Musical entertainment throughout the day.

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