Sugar house ready with first batch of maple syrup

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – It’s been 65 years in the making, but Mill Creek Park now has a working maple sugar house.

The ribbon was cut on the house Wednesday morning at the Wick Recreation Area. The facility was built by volunteers from the Ricky Ridge Neighborhood Association as a place they could cook down sap from the nearby maples to make syrup. The trees were planted in 1951.

The first batch of the 2014 syrup will go on sale Thursday. Purchases can be made at Fellows Riverside Gardens beginning at 10 a.m. All proceeds will support the Children’s Play Area at the Wick Recreation Area.

Last year’s batch of syrup sold out in less than 24 hours.

A special tasting event will take place at the sugar house on Saturday. The “Mmm-mmm Maple Syrup” event is hosted by the Mill Creek Maple Project and the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. Librarians will host a story time for kids, and Mill Creek Maple volunteers will be on hand with syrup samples. The program begins at 1 p.m.

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