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Exceptional Volunteers Honored

Stark Parks celebrated volunteer accomplishments in 2023 at the annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner at the Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park earlier this month. Through September, over 14,000 volunteer hours have been logged so far this year.  These difference makers were celebrated at the annual Volunteer Recognition dinner. Kari and…

New Stark Parks Logo and Updated FeLeap the Frog Mascot Unveiled

A new Stark Parks logo is being debuted to better reflect the park mission and create more consistency throughout the organization. The last true redesign occurred over 25 years ago when “FeLeap” was introduced as part of the logo. FeLeap the Frog will still very much a part of Stark Parks…

Tam O’Shanter Park Construction and Updates

Beginning in March 2023, Stark Parks crews will begin preparing areas at Tam O'Shanter Park for parking lot and driveway updates including removing and relocating trees and vegetation. Construction will be in several phases as funding is secured. Parking Lots and Driveways Parking lots are aging and the layout doesn't…

Tree Identification Series: Identitree

Think there's not much to see on the trail? Think again and look around! Enhance your park experience by learning how to identify trees no matter the season. The IdentiTree series will teach you how to identify common trees of Stark County by their bark, leaves, seeds, and more. We'll…

Cache a Glimpse Geocache Challenge

Geocaching is a great way to explore Stark Parks year-round! Find the hidden caches at different park locations and collect 12 out of 15 code words to win a unique tOAKen as a part of the Cache a Glimpse of Stark Parks Geocache Challenge!  The challenge is set to continue…

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…

Earth Day Every Day Series

Happy Earth Day 2024!  Officially recognized on April 22, Stark Parks will be hosting Earth Day events in April and throughout the year.  There are not too many things that every person in this world has in common, but it starts with sharing this planet together. On Earth Day, we…

Feedback for Future Pike Twp. Park

Hiking on a wooded trail

Stark Exploring Trail Challenge

Hike your way through the changing colors of Stark Parks as you check off your 2023 Stark Exploring passport. The annual Stark Exploring challenge runs from September 1st to December 31st, hike 10 of the select trails and celebrate your accomplishment with a Stark Exploring hiking stick and shield! All…

Summer Serenades Concerts with the Canton Symphony

The popular concert series that combines the spontaneous sounds of nature and people enjoying a park with the orchestrated sounds of musicians runs June through Sept. this summer at Stark Parks locations and other township and city parks and local nature centers throughout Stark County.  The free concerts will feature…
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.
Hi There! We hope you are looking to Opt Outside today or any day. Take a break from buying presents and be present. Your body and mind thank you!
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.
Storm Response in Progress
Many parks and trails will be closed due to downed trees and storm damage. Please follow all trail closing barricades, gates, and signs. Removal may take several days.
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!
Branding Survey

Stark Parks is looking to update our branding and marketing elements to better engage and connect with our community. Your input is important and needed.

Please take this survey and share your feedback. It should take less than five minutes. Thank you for your interest!

Air Quality Index Impact on Scheduled Programs
Air quality index may impact upcoming programs and events.

Use the button below to check the Activity Calendar for the latest status or reach out by email at information@starkparks.com or calling 330-477-3552