Mill Creek's first camp-in big hit with parents, kids


Mill Creek Park has played host to a lot of events over the years. But never has anyone camped there for the night until this weekend.

The park held a “Camp In” today as they kicked off its Family Camp In The Park from the Wick Recreation Area in the Rocky Ridge area on the city’s West Side. The event wraps up Sunday.

About 65 families or groups signed up earlier this year to camp overnight. Activities such as hikes, nature education programs and games and crafts for children were also included.

Carol Vigorito, recreational and education manager for the Mill Creek MetroParks board, said this is the first time in its history that overnight campers have been allowed in the park as far as she knows. She said the administration has wanted to have such a event for a couple of years but were not able to until this year.

“We wanted to encourage people who never camped before to come and enjoy,” Vigorito said.

Alexa Blackann of Boardman was on hand with her husband Josh and two of their children, Owen, 6, and Finley, 3. She said it was their first ever camping trip, too. She said she liked it because the environment is controlled and also because she and her husband are big supporters of the park. They also thought it would be a good activity for their children.

“They’ve been talking about it all week,” Blackann said.

Read more about the event in Sunday's Vindicator or on

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