Friends of Stark Parks Events

Full Moon Glow Paddle

Aug. 12, 2022, 6 p.m.
Sippo Lake Marina

Stark County Ski Club is working with Friends of Stark Parks to raise funds for the purchase and installation of an ADA Adaptive Kayak Launch for Sippo Lake. The goal is to raise $25,000 to match Stark Parks amount budgeted for the project. There is no registration fee for this event, but donations are requested.
Bring money for a raffle for a new kayak, Shady Rays Sunglasses, and many other fabulous prizes. Registration opens at 6 p.m.
Splash in at 7:45 p.m. and take out by 10:30 p.m.
Some boats will be available for rent at the Sippo Lake Marina.  First come, first-served on that evening.

Wild Night for Wildlife

Sept. 1, 2022, 5 p.m.
Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park

Friends of Stark Parks invites you travel down memory lane and celebrate 25 years of contributions to Stark Parks. Over the past two and a half decades, Friends of Stark Parks has been a large contributor to Stark Parks, funding programs to enhance visitor experiences from benches and park amenities and healthy initiatives to major facility improvements, particularly the Joseph J. and Helen M. Sommer Wildlife Conservation Center.

Once a small pole building, the 9,000 square foot facility currently serves nearly 2,000 injured and orphaned native animals each year and maintains a release rate
exceeding the national average.  This event benefits the continued care of wildlife at the Joseph J. and Helen M. Sommer Wildlife Conservation Center, as well as various Friends of Stark Parks initiatives. Support is needed to maintain quality wildlife care, education, and outdoor experiences. There will be a variety of silent auction items available for bidding throughout the evening and individual donations will graciously be accepted.

Thank you for your support.

Locktender's replica brick house with trail and canal in front

Spring Peeper Run/Walk

March 26, 2022
St. Helena Heritage Park

2 mile/8:30 a.m./$20     5 mile/9:15 a.m./$35      Combo option ($50) also available!

Enjoy a fun, family event celebrating the first signs of spring with the peepers chorus in the background!  This beautiful course includes portions of the Towpath and Olde Muskingum Trails in Canal Fulton.  The 5-mile and combo races are a great tune-up for the upcoming spring marathon and half marathon! 


Participants of the 2-mile and 5-mile receive a cool shirt and medals!  Post-race food is also available.

Age Categories

5-mile awards will be given to the top 5 men and women overall and the top 3 finishers in each age groups (ages 1-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44,45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-63, 64-69, 70-74, 80+).
Special awards will be given in the Combo Event.

Packet Pick Up

There will be four opportunities to pick up race packets.

March 19 – Sippo Lake parkrun event, Sippo Lake Park – 8am to 10am (5712 12th St. NW, Canton 44708)
March 23 - Second Sole in Canton on Dressler Road - 4pm to 8pm (4667 Dressler Rd., Canton 44718)
March 25 - Run to You Racing in Downtown Canton - 8am to 4pm (132 5th St NW, Canton OH 44702)
March 26 - St Helena Heritage Park - 7am to race start (123 Tuscarawas St NW, Canal Fulton OH 44614)