YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Mill Creek MetroPark’s Lily Pond is scheduled to reopen Friday, after a closure for improvements to the pond.
The improvements to the Lily Pond have made the facility more accessible, according to the park. A new arrival plaza features benches, a drinking fountain and an information kiosk. Visitors will also find a boardwalk that leads from the arrival plaza to an observation deck overlooking the Lily Pond. A similar boardwalk and observation deck now provides improved access to the Frog Pond.
Additional project components include a floating boardwalk, a bridge over the spillway and improvements to the easterly and northerly sections of the trail.
The second phase of improvements to the Lily Pond will begin this spring and will focus on the rehabilitation of the existing parking lot and surrounding area.
Substantial funding for the $344,000 project has been provided by the Hine Memorial Fund of the Youngstown Foundation and the Ohio EPA Surface Water Improvement Fund (SWIF). Additional funds have been provided by the J. Ford Crandall Memorial Foundation, Thomases Family Endowment, Luau at the Lily Pond fundraising event, Youngstown State University and several private donations.