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Park trolley delivers delight

Staff photos / Ashley Fox Enjoying a fun moment on the Cohasset Express in Mill Creek MetroParks are 3-year-old Mari, and parents Brittany and Tommie Zetts of Boardman. The family spends time in the park, but said they learned more history during an hourlong tour on the trolley.

YOUNGSTOWN — When she boarded the trolley in a parking lot as it rained last week, Ro McLaughlin crossed an item off her bucket list.

Along with her husband, Dan, and friends Shelby and Sherie Cash of Boardman, Ro listened and asked questions with other passengers aboard the Cohasset Express.

“For years and years, I’ve been wanting to go on the trolley ride,” Ro said. The anticipation that built up over the years lived up to expectation, she said.

For Shelby and Sherie, they learned about the park after living in the area for only several years. “It’s a beautiful place. There aren’t many like this anywhere I’ve been,” Shelby said.

Dan likened the park to a local version of Central Park in New York City. “It’s like a diamond right in the middle of everything,” Dan said.

The couples were glad they braved rain to take the trolley, they said.

“It was very wonderful. I’m so glad we did that and I can scratch it off my bucket list,” Ro said.

The steady downpour Thursday afternoon didn’t stop a handful of park employees and volunteers, as well as county residents, from taking the one-hour tour around the park.

The Cohasset Express was driven by Mike Duva of Youngstown, and the tour was led by Mark Dolak of Austintown.

Both agreed that they had never seen such a soggy tour while on the trolley, but their interaction with their guests would have said otherwise as Dolak shared history and trivia of various landmarks.

After the tour, Duva said that passengers should consider taking the tour with different tour guides to learn the tidbits that are reflective of each guide’s personality.

Throughout different points of the tour, an energetic laugh from a 3-year-old could be heard.

Mari Zetts accompanied her parents, Brittany and Tommie, on the trolley.

They also had never been on a tour of the park, and enjoyed learning the history.

“I think a quarter of the tour was places I’d never been,” Tommie said.

The Zetts grew up utilizing the park, and still do, riding bikes or hiking. Still, the different and new places around the park, and the former landscape, threw Brittany and Tommie.

“I was surprised there are so many places we didn’t know about,” Brittany said.

The trolley holds 12 people and can be rented for private tours. Reservations for public sessions are necessary, and there is a fee per person not exceeding $10. For more information, contact Wick Recreation Area at 330-740-7114.

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