Mill Creek Park devotees ‘devastated’ by closure of lakes

Mill Creek Park lake closures
FILE - Closure signs were posted at the lakes during the summer of 2015 due to high E-coli bacteria levels.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Mill Creek Park is known as Youngstown’s best kept secret and many people said Friday night that they are devastated by the closure of the lakes.

“To let something like this happen is a shame. Shame on the city. It’s sad and who’s going to pay for all of this? The public,” John Radovich of Liberty said.

After news of the closure of Lake Newport, Lake Cohasset and Lake Glacier broke Friday afternoon, park workers put up caution tape and signs to warn visitors of the dangerous water conditions because of high bacteria levels. Boaters and fishers were notified and told to vacate the water area.

“If they would not have told us what is going on, I would not have had any idea. But I am glad they did. I’d rather be safe than sorry,” Derrick Sharp of Youngstown said.

Many residents are concerned about the long term future of the park. Glen Cimaglia of Boardman spends nearly five hours a day riding the Mill Creek trails.

“Everyone refers to it as the gem of Youngstown and it really is. We have to get it back to what it should be. The way Volney Rogers envisioned it from the start,” Cimaglia said.

People across the Valley have voiced their concerns and they just want clear answers and clean water.

All scheduled activities for the lakes have been canceled until further notice. According to Mill Creek Park officials, there were a few kayaking events scheduled, one on Friday and one on Saturday. Participants have been directly notified. If anyone is registered for an upcoming water program, all questions are being directed to the Ford Nature Center.

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