Mill Creek Park was established in 1891 as the principal property of
the Youngstown Township Park District, now the Mill Creek Metropolitan Park
District. The creation of Mill Creek Park is the result of the foresight and
untiring efforts of Volney Rogers. Volney Rogers was inducted into Ohio's Natural Resources Hall of Fame in 2000 for his principal role in establishing Ohio's park districts. The Park District serves the Mahoning County residents, and welcomes visitors from across the nation and around the world.
The Mill Creek Metropolitan Park District preserves open spaces within the
urbanized Mahoning Valley. Mill Creek Park encompasses approximately 2,600 acres, 20 miles of drives, and 15 miles of foot
trails, and a rare collection of gardens, streams, lakes, woodlands,
meadows and wildlife for all to enjoy. Visitors will find a wide range of
recreational opportunities such as hiking, biking, picnicking, boating, Par-3, or championship golf, tennis, sand volleyball
and more. Many of the facilities can be found at the James L. Wick, Jr. Recreation Area.
Universally accessible trails, fishing pier, playground and picnic areas
are located throughout the Park. Cabins and pavilions for group events are
available for rental year-round.
Fellows Riverside Gardens - This eleven-acre living museum, funded by a very generous bequest of the late Mrs. Elizabeth A. Fellows, began with its first plantings in 1963. The Gardens include labeled displays of roses, tulips, chrysanthemums, herbs, trees, evergreens, dwarf conifers, rhododendrons, annuals, and perennials. The D.D. and Velma Davis Education & Visitor Center is located in Fellows Riverside Gardens. This magnificent facility includes meeting and exhibit spaces, classrooms, a gallery, an auditorium and a banquet hall available for rental, a horticultural library, a historical museum, a café, a gift shop, and an observation tower with a breathtaking view of Lake Glacier. Other features in the Gardens include two flagstone terraces, a lovely reflecting fountain pool, the beautiful Victorian-styled Gazebo, and the Kidston Pavilion overlooking Lake Glacier. The Kidston Pavilion and Gazebo are available by permit for weddings ceremonies. Educational opportunities such as guided school and group tours, horticulture classes for children and adults, specialty plant sales, horticulture shows, and outreach programs to local schools and senior centers are all available at Fellows Riverside Gardens.
Lanterman's Mill, restored through
a gift from the Ward and Florence Beecher Foundations, represents one of the
many pioneer industries developed along Mill Creek and operates today, as it did
in the 1800's, grinding corn, wheat, buckwheat, and oats. The nearby Gorge Trail
offers a dramatic peek into the area's geological history. The Ford Nature Education Center is staffed
year-round with naturalists ready to enlighten visitors on the natural
environment through permanent exhibits, traveling programs and nature hikes. The
Pioneer Pavilion, The Old Log Cabin, and the Bears Den Cabin are restored facilities
located in Mill Creek and are available throughout the year for renting. The MetroParks Farm in Canfield gives visitors an insight into our food chain, and Yellow Creek Park in Struthers offers a
smaller but no less beautiful version of the Mill Creek Gorge as well as
educational and recreational programming. The Vickers Nature Preserve in Ellsworth
offers extensive hiking trails through meadow and early-succession forest as
well as the Buckeye Horse Park. The Newport Wetlands observation area and the McGuffey Wildlife Preserve also offer additional locations of interest. A
variety of activities for all ages are offered throughout the year by each
facility. For information concerning attractions, special events, pavilion
rental, or weddings call the Park District office at (330) 702-3000 or write to:
Mill Creek Metropolitan Park District, P.O. Box 596, Canfield, OH 44406-0596.