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Metroparks and YMCA Present Nature & Boater Safety Training September 22  

 Ashtabula County Metroparks and the Ashtabula YMCA have teamed up to offer A Day of Nature Exploration and Boater Safety Training on Sunday September 22, in three Ashtabula County locations. The event will bring together two vital county-wide outdoor and fitness organizations to provide needed public programming.  The event is being held partly in response to recent boating and water related accidents in Ashtabula County.

Different segments of the program are being held at different times between 12:30-9pm. YMCA and Ashtabula County Metroparks staff and volunteers are working together in coordination with the US Coast Guard and the ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft to present this important program.

Motor Boating Practice

At 12:30pm, participants will have a hands-on introduction to Motor Boating Practice motor boat skills with an instructor on beautiful Ashtabula Harbor in Ashtabula.

Topics covered include pre-departure checklist, equipment, float plans, launching, man-over-board drills, rules of the road, & anchoring.  Participants will meet at the Ashtabula Public Dock at or before 12:30pm.

Hike Indian Mound Metropark

At 3:00pm, participants can enjoy a pre-float guided 1.5 mile hike on a brand-new trail along beautiful Conneaut Creek with Ashtabula Metroparks representatives at the newly-opened Indian Mound Metropark, 431 Mill Road, Conneaut. The easy hike takes attendees through a boardwalk section of protected wetland and along a rustic, gorgeous stretch of Conneaut Creek. Lace up your comfy shoes for a scenic view of the sheer bluffs and shallow rapids of one of Ashtabula County’s four State-Designated Scenic Rivers.

Paddle Conneaut Creek at Indian Mound Metropark

4:30-5:45pm Indian Mound Metropark, 431 Mill Road, Conneaut.

Participants will learn about safe paddling while enjoying Conneaut Creek at Indian Mound Metropark. Topics include pre-departure checklist, float plans, efficient paddle techniques, capsize & recovery.


Sunset Sail of Ashtabula Harbor with the Ashtabula YMCA Sea Scouts

6:30-9:00pm Finally, Sail Ashtabula Harbor with the Ashtabula YMCA Sea Scouts. Learn points of sail & sailing nomenclature while watching the sun setting on the summer of 2019.  Participants will meet at Kister Marina Entrance at the end of Marina Drive. Maximum Registration -12

The jointly sponsored event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Pre-registration is required for any and all portions of the training, but attendees need not participate in all of the day’s programs.  A light snack will be provided after the hike at Indian Mound Metropark. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Ashtabula County Metroparks is celebrating its 60th Anniversary with new parks and trails now open to the public. Indian Mound Metropark, connected by bridge to downtown Conneaut, provides an important amenity for city and county residents alike.  Ashtabula County Metroparks has just published its updated brochure in recognition of new park and trail openings in 2019 detailing where where to find 10 great parks and trails to enjoy Ashtabula County’s outdoors to hike, cycle, fish, boat, birdwatch, dog walk and play.

For further information on hiking and other programs in the Ashtabula County Metroparks, please visit the Metroparks website at www.ashtabulametroparks.com, or Facebook page.  A parks brochure and draft park system map with proposed/expected facilities and amenities at different parks can be found on Metroparks’ website at www.ashtabulametroparks.com  or pick up a copy at the Metroparks office located at 91 N. Chestnut Street, Jefferson or at various kiosks and libraries throughout the county. For questions, please contact the Metroparks office at (440) 576-0717.

For more information on boating, water activities and other programs of the Ashtabula YMCA, please visit the YMCA website at www.ashtabulaYMCA.org or Facebook site, or visit the YMCA at 263 Prospect Road, Ashtabula, or call the Y office at (440) 997-5321.