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Exceptional Volunteers Honored

Front Row (L to R): Deb Belden, Lindy Anastis, Denise FreelandBack Row (L to R): Wayne Wellbaum, Executive Director Dan Moeglin, Patrick Cooper, Howard Montgomery from NE Ohio Orienteering Club. Not Pictured: Patricia Quick Stark Parks celebrated volunteer accomplishments in 2022 at the annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner at the Exploration Gateway at Sippo…
Hiking on a wooded trail

Stark Exploring Trail Challenge

Soon enough, the leaves will be turning, the air will be brisk, and fall will be popping up all around. Take the Stark Exploring Challenge and experience autumn with Stark Parks! From September 1 to November 30, hike 10 of the select trails and purchase a hiking stick and shield!…

Trash to Treasure Contest

When: Saturday, Nov. 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Where: Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park, 5712 12th St. NW, Canton 44708 About the Event: Meet the winners, see their creative projects, and visit partner booths including Habitat for Humanity, Ohio Ocean Foundation, and Stark-Tusc-Wayne Recycling District.  All participants are…

Celebrating Over 50 Years

Humble Beginnings (1960s and 1970s) The year was 1967. Although Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources had been established 18 years before in 1949, it was three years before the establishment of the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and celebration of the first Earth Day in 1970. It would be another…

Deck the Hollow Holiday Lights Walk at Quail Hollow Park

Join Stark Parks and the Quail Hollow Volunteer Association for a lighted walk experience at Quail Hollow Park! The grounds will feature decorated trees and lights. Stop inside the beautifully decorated Stewart House for a self-guided tour of one of Stark County's true gems. Take a stroll down Santa Lane…

Hidden Gems of Stark Parks

The great outdoors continues to be one of the safest places to spend time, and Stark Parks has plenty of space to explore.  If your usual route has increased in traffic, or you're simply ready to try out a new trail, switch up your route and discover new areas and…
Derek and Dan standing with lake in background

New Stark Parks Leaders Bring Vast Experience and Knowledge of Stark County

The Stark County Board of Park Commissioners today named DAN MOEGLIN the new Executive Director of Stark Parks and named DEREK GORDON to the newly created position of Deputy Director of Stark Parks. “We are thrilled today to announce the leadership team that we believe will secure an incredible future…

parkrun, a Free 5k Held Saturdays at Sippo Lake Park!

Friends of Stark Parks is proud to offer parkrun USA at Sippo Lake Park! Held every Saturday morning, parkrun is a free, weekly, volunteer-led timed 5k run. Staged at parks around the world, these 5k events are open to everyone – including walkers. Participants only need to register once, where…

Scout Project Proposals at Stark Parks

Thank you for your interest in performing your Eagle Scout or Gold Award project with the Stark Parks. We encourage you to visit our parks to generate a project idea to propose. Successful proposals identify an area of need to enhance our mission to acquire, preserve, and develop natural areas…

Towpath Trail Construction Work in Massillon

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began an ongoing levee project near the Tuscarawas River in August 2020.  This is a long term project that will affect this section of the Towpath Trail through 2022. As of July 13, 2022, the Towpath Trail is closed between Warmington Rd. (John Glenn…
Towpath Trail Closed in Areas
We expect water to recede over the weekend. As of 6/21/19, we cannot access trail damage or downed trees in many areas. These areas will be closed to trail users until a full inspection is complete. Please follow all trail closing barricades and signs.
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Feedback Requested!
We are now accepting public comment on the Phase 4 Iron Horse Trail proposal through January 29, 2019.
E-bike Pilot Program
Class 1 e-bikes are permitted to ride on multi-purpose trails (crushed limestone or asphalt). E-bikes are not permitted on natural surface, equestrian, or mountain bike trails. A class 1 e-bike is a bicycle equipped with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of 20 miles per hour.
Trail Closed
We expect water to recede over the weekend. As of 6/21/19, we cannot access trail damage or downed trees in many places. These areas will be closed to trail users until a full inspection is complete. Please follow all trail closing barricades and signs.
Marinas Open for Season May 1
Registration Reminder!
1. Make sure you register and pay (if applicable) for the camp. 2. Print your waiver and bring it with you to camp. 3. Read over special instructions and welcome letter. 4. Call us at 330.477.3552 with any questions.
Serenades in the Park Concert Cancelled-Petros Lake Park
The concert has been cancelled as of 12 p.m. on Sept. 1, 2019 due to inclement weather in the forecast at the performance time. The exact same performance will be held tomorrow, Monday Sept. 2 at 5 p.m. on the steps of North Canton City Hall, 145 N. Main St., North Canton, 44720.
Deadline Approaching: Order Club Apparel by Feb. 9!
Use the Shop Apparel Button on the main page or the button below!
New Shelter and Program Reservation System
A new online system for program registration and shelter reservations on this site was launched on Oct. 3, 2022.

Please create a new user account if you wish to sign up for upcoming programs or reserve park shelters. Your old account and password are no longer valid.

Contact us anytime for assistance at information@starkparks.com or 330-477-3552