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YOUNGSTOWN – Mill Creek MetroParks last week awarded contracts for three of the four projects on the 2022 list of capital improvements that came out on offer this month. The work will take place this year.

The fourth project, upgrades to the East Golf Hike car park and Bike Trail, received two bids, but they were too high. The walking and bike path project was not rewarded, said Justin Rogers, director of planning and operations. It is being re-offered.

The awarded projects are:


This project includes improvements to the 262-acre Vickers Nature Conservation on U.S. Road 224 in Ellsworth.

It will include improvements to the areas of vehicles, horses and pedestrians, as well as a public car park, a parking lot for trucks and horse trailers, access roads, front and border handling, horse unloading area, water management and demolition of the storm.

Among the sources of funding are $ 5,500 in funding, according to a MetroParks publication outlining 2022 projects.

Conservation has a variety of habitats, including meadows, forests, wetlands and ponds.

There are also some small streams flowing through the reservoir that flow directly into the Meander Stream just upstream of the Meander Reservoir. By preserving these stream habitats, the Vickers Nature Reserve helps protect the drinking water resources on which approximately 220,000 residents of Trumbull and Mahoning counties rely.

Vickers nature conservation improvements cost $ 277,475 and were awarded to Jagger Construction, LLC by Lima.


Another project is the construction of a fishing pier and other improvements to Springfield Forest, an 88-acre area on Springfield Road north of Interstate 76 in Springfield Township. MetroParks announced the acquisition of the property in October. It is the first land tenure in the city in the 130-year history of MetroParks.

This project will include accessibility improvements through an aggregate access road, aggregate parking, improved trail system, fishing opportunities and access to the pond side, habitat restoration and signage, kiosk and benches.

Funding comes from the Ohio Public Works Commission for the Protection of Clean Ohio.

The Springfield Forest fishing pier project is $ 72,000 and was awarded to Jagger Construction. A separate $ 145,579 contract was previously awarded to Foust Construction of Girard for improvements to the entrance, parking lot and hiking trails.


The last of the three projects awarded is the improvement of the hiking trails in Mill Creek Park. It will focus on the West Newport Trail on the west side of Lake Newport, including improvements to the trail surface, stormwater drainage and infrastructure, signage and access, according to the capital improvement plan.

The work is funded by the Beeghly family.

The restoration of the trails cost $ 114,997 and was awarded to Jagger Construction.



The East Golf Hike and Bike Trail project on US Route 224 in Boardman is being re-discussed. The plan was to make parking improvements by increasing the number of parking spaces from 22 to 53.

The plan also called for improving vehicle and bicycle / pedestrian traffic and completing recent improvements to trails and parking lots.

It would also improve trail facilities and improve and standardize trail connections from adjacent neighborhoods to the east. A new access car is expected to connect the hiking and biking trail with Pinewood Drive to the east.

The work includes excavation, scaling, asphalt paving and sidewalk signs, signage, poles and gates. Entrance from Route 224 to the trail will include a new access designed for bicycles / pedestrians only.

Several Pinewood Drive residents attended the MetroParks Board meeting last week, opposing the creation of the access road.

Those who spoke mentioned concerns about what they think will be the increase in traffic, waste and air pollution and noise in the area. The East Golf Hike and Bike Trail, which connects US Route 224 with Shields Road, is 1.5 miles long.

Aaron Young, CEO of MetroParks, said the work was needed mainly because many people – especially during the COVID-19 pandemic – parked illegally along Pinewood and on the east side of the road, leaving little room for office patrons. of the doctor and others. businesses.


Mill Creek MetroParks has properties in 14 locations, including nine settlements, three cities and one village. It has 5009 hectares, 20.27 miles of roads, nine vehicle bridges and nine stone arched bridges, 20.92 hectares of car parks, 33 miles of footpaths, 17.59 miles of multi-purpose paved paths, 225,667 multiple structures and three square feet. ponds, according to its website.

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