Public has a say in Mill Creek MetroParks’ future

What will Mill Creek MetroParks look like 10 years from now?

Thanks to meetings next week, the public will have a role in answering that question.

Two public open houses will take place Tuesday at the MetroParks Farm in Canfield and the second on Wednesday at Fellows Riverside Gardens, where citizens can share their thoughts in a relaxed and casual environment.

Staff from all departments will be available to answer questions while attendees visit 14 “stations” to write down their comments and suggestions.

“Public input is critically important to our strategic planning process,” stated Clarke Johnson, MetroParks executive director. “We would consider these open houses to be a great success if hundreds of residents of Mahoning County come out to take part in this activity.”

Back on Dec. 21-22, nine separate focus groups gathered over the two days at the MetroParks Farm in Canfield. More than 120 individuals from diverse segments of the community shared their thoughts, ideas, insights and suggestions with Leon Younger, PROS president and MetroParks staff.

Among those in attendance were Sen. Joseph Schiavoni; Pat Lowry, director outreach/ special projects for Congressman Tim Ryan; county engineer Richard Marsico and DeMaine Kitchen, administrative assistant to Youngstown Mayor Charles Sammarone. Also taking part were committed young professionals, MetroParks volunteers, members of the hiking and bicycling communities, members of the clergy, business leaders and non-profit leaders.

For more information about the public meetings, call the MetroParks Administrative Office at 330-702-3000.

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