METROPARKS | Trumbull County
Established in 1920, is the oldest of the Trumbull County Metroparks. The 18-acre park at one time housed an amusement park. Fishing and boating are available, and canoes and kayaks can be rented. The park is a source of the some1 of the most outrageous fish stories in the county, with reports of 50-inch muskies being pulled from the river. A bait shop is located at the park, and its owner sponsors such events as an Easter egg hunt, Halloween ghost walk and River Regatta. Located on North Leavittsburg Road, near West Market Street, about one mile from the state Route 5 bypass in Leavittsburg.
YOUNG'S RUN DISC GOLF COURSE
In the 28-acre Clarence Darrow Metropark. The land was acquired as part of a 1971 grant allocation. The park was dedicated in 1975 to honor local citizen and famous defense lawyer Clarence Darrow. A series of Ohio Department of Natural Resources grants allowed for the development of parking facilities and the disc golf course in 1996. The park is a mix of wooded and open spaces providing habitat for wildlife and is an observation point for the annual Trumbull County bird count. Walking access is available. Located on Educational Highway, adjacent to Kent State University Trumbull Campus, about a half mile from Mahoning Avenue in Champion Township.
Off of state Route 534 in Newton Township on Damascus/Newton Falls Road, near the intersection of Pricetown Road and Damascus/Newton Falls Road. The 3.3-acre property was purchased by the Metropark commissioners, Canoe Trails Club and State of Ohio Land and Water Conservation Grant Program. It was originally named Canoe Trails but was renamed in 2000 in honor of Preston Foster, an avid canoeist and former Metropark commissioner who contributed 14 years of volunteer service to the park board. It contains amenities such as a canoe launch, seasonal restroom and picnic facilities.
WESTERN RESERVE GREENWAY
A park accommodating multiple uses including walking, biking, birding and horseback riding. The 158-acre park has a linear length of about 15 miles and connects with a similar park in Ashtabula County. Eventually these parks will create an uninterrupted trail extending from Lake Erie to the Ohio River. It is part of the Great Ohio Lake-To-River Greenway through four Ohio counties. The trail now ends at Champion East Road in Champion Township and the Ashtabula County line and was completed by the Metroparks in the past few years. The next phase will connect at Champion East and run south to Warren. The greenway has two trailheads that offer restrooms, parking and picnic facilities.
MOSQUITO CREEK NATURE PRESERVE
These 135 acres are on the east side of Elm Road in Bazetta Township and have been a part of the park system since about 2004. The preserve was acquired with money from the Clean Ohio Fund and has not yet been opened to the public. Its main benefits are flood control, land preservation and someday hiking trails and wildlife observation.
THOMAS A. SWIFT METROPARK
These 12 acres are along the Mahoning River near the inersection of state Route 5 and state Route 82 in Braceville Township. The park, which will be accessible off of Benedict-Leavittsburg Road, is to open around the end of August, when a ribbon-cutting is planned. When the Western Reserve Heritage bike trail is extended into that part of Trumbull County, it would pass through the park on an abandoned rail bed there and travel eastward to meet up with the Western Reserve Greenway. The park will provide access to the Mahoning River for canoeing and kayaking. Another plan for the park is to create an Ohio native tree collection.
PROPOSED 270-ACRE FARMINGTON TOWNSHIP PARK
This would cost $1.2 million to acquire and would be bought with state grant money from the Clean Ohio Fund. The state is expected to decide on whether to grant the funding in August. The park would be useful for flood control, land preservation and future recreational development such as hiking, canoeing, photography and bird watching. It is at the intersection of Girdle and Larson West roads.
PROPOSED 100-ACRE MESOPOTAMIA TOWNSHIP PARK
Also would be acquired with $110,000 from the Clean Ohio Fund. The park would be located just south of the intersection of Combs Road and state Route 87 in the eastern part of the township. Its uses would include flood control, land preservation and canoeing.
Source: Trumbull County Metroparks