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Mill Creek Park board changes policies, approves events

By Josh Stipanovich

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

By Josh Stipanovich


The Mill Creek MetroParks board has revised several policies and approved upcoming events at Mill Creek Park.

“We have exciting events and a lot of new staff members,” executive Director Dennis Miller said, including a community engagement director who heads the park’s marketing initiative.

“We have a great staff, working really hard,” Miller said. “Through the reorganization, [we’ve been able] to put the right people in the right position.”

The park’s Strategic Plan and Action Plan Summary — which was approved by the board in January — has been a success so far, and is one reason the park has been able to move in the right direction, Miller said.

“I’m the fifth executive director in the last four years, but the mission stayed the same,” Miller said. “We’re going to hold to this, and we’re very excited.”

The board approved a new logo for the park, which will be used on its letterhead, business cards and name badges.

The board approved an appropriations increase of $79,873.44 for capital equipment for the park’s golf course.

Keith Kaiser, horticulture director, presented potential changes in the language for several policies within the Fellows Riverside Gardens. One major change made was the gardens’ hours. It will now be open from dawn to dusk. Alcohol is now allowed but only inside the Davis Center for scheduled events.

Wedding ceremonies at Lanterman’s Mill cannot exceed 25 people during operating hours. The maximum number of people cannot exceed 50 because of parking.

Several special events scheduled throughout the spring, summer and fall were all approved. They include Bark in the Park, YMCA Triathlon fundraiser, Covelli Panerathon, YMCA Community Cup, Youngstown Ultra Trail Classic, MS Super Walk fundraiser and the Garden District Neighborhood Association 5K.