YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – There is a group of people in Youngstown that said they are skeptical about the future of Mill Creek Park.
They are concerned about the potential of fracking near the park and within its borders. And they are not shy about letting their voices be heard.
“We are about taking back local control,” Guardians of Mill Creek Park co-founder Lynn Anderson said.
They want to defend the park from the hands of humans.
“What we are about is the right to protect our spaces from being plundered and used up,” Anderson said.
One of their biggest concerns is fracking, especially near Idora Park.
“That area is a big enough area to put a frack pad. If they put a frack pad there, we don’t have a Mill Creek Park anymore,” Anderson said.
Heidi Kroeck is a new member of the Guardians of Mill Creek Park. She wants to see other people speak up.
“Stand up and speak out about what goes on in their park and not expect other people to be looking out for them because there is no one else looking out for them,” Kroeck said.
But fracking is not their only concern. Last month’s geese kill brought in several dozen new members.
“People in Youngstown wanted to offer other possible solutions. So they were outraged they were not informed until after it was done. A public service announcement was made after they were dead,” Kroeck said.
The Guardians said situations like that highlight the need for environmentalists on the park board.
“We don’t have anybody representing the concerns of the people of Youngstown. And the wildlife in the park, the plant life in the park,” Anderson said. “The park itself is a natural area. It actually should have rights to exist.”
There are plenty of options for folks who want to join up with the Guardians’ effort, including their Facebook page or through the group Frack Free Ohio, which is based in Youngstown.