Mill Creek lakes re-open, but park officials urge caution

The Youngstown park's lakes closed in July 2015 after a WKBN investigation

officials are waiting for the ice rink to freeze before they open skating to the public at the Mill Creek MetroParks.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Mill Creek MetroParks lakes are reopening to the public Tuesday.

Lake Newport and Lake Glacier closed to the public last July, a day after a WKBN investigation that found E. coli in the water.

Now, that the public can use the lakes again, officials have a plan to stop this issue from happening.

To prevent the same from occurring again, park officials would have to reduce the water run-off coming into the park and fix the combined sewer overflows.

Aaron Young, the Executive Director of Mill Creek MetroParks, said the City of Youngstown has a $146 million plan to control combined sewer outflow, and it would cost $30 million to update the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

He said spending this money is the right thing to do.

For everyone coming out to enjoy the lakes, officials say avoid contact with your eyes and mouth, and before eating make sure you thoroughly wash your hands.

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