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300 Hours Outside Challenge

Tired of sitting behind a computer screen or listening to the kids yell at Fortnite? Take it outside! Stark Parks is challenging you to a 300 Hours Outside Challenge. It can be on-your-own, with some friends, or along with the kids. How it Works? Take the 300 hour challenge from…

Celebrate National Pet Month in May

The month of May offers a chance to celebrate the joys of pet ownership and benefits of pets for people and people for pets! Pet Costume Contest Enter your pet in the costume contest by sending a silly, weird, or cute family-friendly photo of it at Stark Parks to information…

Celebrating 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 EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and celebration of the first Earth Day in 1970. It would be another…

COVID-19 Updates

Stark Parks continues to make adjustments to current services based on the recommendations of the Governor’s office and safety measures communicated by the Stark County Health Dept. “We have kept the safety of our staff and patrons at the forefront of every decision we’ve made.  We also understand our commitment…

Find Me FeLeap

Introducing Find Me FeLeap, another fun scavenger hunt opportunity for you to explore Stark Parks. Ben Weaver, a Jackson High School student and Life Scout with Troop 927-Lake Cable, has designed and placed 12 FeLeap signs hidden across Stark Parks.  Along trails, near wildlife observation areas, and of course next to…

Hidden Gems of Stark Parks

Being outside has been and continues to be one of the safest places to enjoy and Stark Parks is full of hidden gems.  Switch up your route or discover new areas and experiences with lesser-known locations, we call hidden gems. These locations are typically less crowded and tucked away in…

Meet Live Wildlife at Woodland Wildlife Encounters

On June 19, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., you and your family are invited to celebrate the work of the Wildlife Conservation Center at the Woodland Wildlife Encounters event at Sippo Lake Park.  Meet live ambassador animals and hear their stories.  Afterwards, take a stroll down the trail…

Mindfulness Walk Presented with NACPRO Award

Stark Parks is proud to announce that the Mindfulness Walk at Petros Lake Park has been selected as a recipient of a 2020 National Association of County Parks and Recreation Officials (NACPRO) award in the Park and Rec Facility – Class I category. The annual NACPRO awards honor excellence in…
Woodland Shelter at Petros Lake Park

NatureWorks Grant Application to Improve Restrooms at Petros Lake Park

Stark Parks is hoping to improve restroom facilities at Petros Lake Park through an ODNR NatureWorks grant.  Two ADA accessible family restroom stalls with flush toilets, a changing station, and running water would be added to the park at 3519 Perry Dr. SW in Perry Twp.  The grant request amount…

On Your Own Adventures!

The safety of our park, trail, and program visitors has always been our top priority. While we have made the decision to suspend all public and volunteer programs as well as close public facilities until further notice for the well-being of all, our parks and trails remain open to enjoy! While…
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.
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 Date and Time for March 2020 Board Meeting
New Meeting Date: Thursday March 5, at 6 p.m.
Location: Exploration Gateway-Sippo Lake Park North 5712 12th St. NW, Canton 44708
COVID-19 Updates

Some public buildings and facilities will open on July 1, 2021 including the Exploration Gateway and Lily Pad Gift Shop, Wildlife Conversation Center, and Quail Hollow Park (Manor House).

The Wildlife Conservation Center is currently at capacity for wildlife intakes. Please call 330-477-0448 for details on how to bring your animal in. Do not take animals to the center without calling first.

For general information, please call (330) 477-3552. Continue to check this page for the most up-to-date information or follow us at Facebook.com/starkparks.

COVID-19 UPDATES

Some public buildings and facilities will open on July 1, 2021 including the Exploration Gateway and Lily Pad Gift Shop, and Quail Hollow Park (Manor House).

Injured and orphaned wildlife are accepted on a limited basis at the Wildlife Conservation Center. Please call 330-477-0448 for details on how to bring your animal in. Do not take animals to the center without calling first.

For general information, please call (330) 477-3552. Continue to check this page for the most up-to-date information or follow us at Facebook.com/starkparks.

Eagle Observation Open with Restrictions
No group viewing at this time, but you are permitted to view with your OWN equipment.

A maximum of 2 people on the deck at any time.