“Mill Creek Park” by Allyson Dilts, Austintown Fitch student. Youngstown is made up of a multitude of different individuals, all with their own thoughts and opinions on the city they live in. Instead of always having blogs written by the City of You’s creative team, we’re going to change the perspective a bit and allow Youngstown’s youth to shine. A group of high schoolers have been taking a summer course at Youngstown State University with the City of You’s own RJ Thompson. In this course, they’re learning how to blog, make graphics and be more active in the community. They were asked to write a blog about something within city limits that they think should be recognized  more by those who live in Youngstown. The responses that the City of You received were too good not to be shared – so here they are. They are edited a bit for clarity, but are being presented with the same style and nuance that the writer used when he or she wrote it originally. We’re excited to present a new perspective on Youngstown from some of its brightest young minds. Enjoy!

Mill Creek Park is an extensive nature preserve that weaves its way through Youngstown.

Growing up, my mother taught me to love the park and appreciate how fortunate we are to have it. The best part were the trails – an after dinner walk was always a must, no matter what season it was.

The trails were not the only thing to cherish about the park, though.
When I was young, my cousin came to my grandmother’s house with fresh picked vegetables. Knowing my aunt didn’t have a garden, my mother was immediately intrigued. She found out that Mill Creek Metropark offers a program for kids that allows them to tend and harvest a garden. I was signed up shortly after.

Led by Lynn Zocolo and a group of passionate volunteers, they teach children a with a love for gardening how to properly run one. The two year program taught me the ins and out of gardening, prompting me to create my own.

This is only one of many programs the Mill Creek Metroparks holds each year. Just going to their website, one can see the many things they hold each and everyday. Many of these programs are free and center around enjoying the natural beauty of the park.

The park is an essential part of Youngstown for it beauty, but if you look at the educational value held inside the park it truly becomes priceless.

If you’re interested in learning more about the parks events please visit their website at: