One of the biggest draws of Mill Creek Metroparks is in need of some work.

The actual water wheel inside the mill is in need of replacement.
The wheel works just like it did in the 1800's but it needs to be replaced about every 15 years or so. 

The Mill is one of Mill Creek Metroparks most picturesque places and it attracts visitors all year round.

Metroparks Planning and Operations director, Steve Avery, says, "It's one of the oldest structures in the Mahoning Valley so to not only see an old structure but to see it actually operating like it did 150 years ago is very impressive."

The wheel itself is made out of white oak but like anything over time it wears out and a new one is needed.
Back in the 1800's mills were a necessity to make flour.

"The water wheel turns a shaft which turns other gears and mechanisms which are attached to the grinding stone and those grinding stones turn and grain is put on them and they are ground and that flour is sold and available to the public," says Avery.

The wheel weighs about 4 tons and is 14 feet high by 7 feet wide. It's going to cost about $100,000 to replace the wheel and work to do that will start after Christmas 2017 and be finished by the spring of 2018.