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Can you find Clark in the Park?

Meet Clark.  Clark hangs out in the park!  (but not after dark due to his curfew)  He leaves nighttime shenanigans in homes to his friend, Elf, usually on the shelf. Clark can be tricky to find, but a few photos have been discovered of him enjoying Stark Parks.  Wouldn’t you…

COVID-19 Updates

Stark Parks has updated the next phase of the COVID-19 plan and continues to make adjustments to current services based on the recommendations of the Governor’s office and available safety measures. “We have kept the safety of our staff and patrons at the forefront of every decision we’ve made.  We…

Deck the Hollow Holiday Lights Walk

Get in a festive mood with the Deck the Hollow Lights Walk at Quail Hollow Park! December 4-6 and Dec. 11-13 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. each night. Safely ring in the season with decorated trees, lights, and festive music. Kids can drop off their letters to Santa and see…

FeLeap Year Celebrates 53 Years of Stark Parks!

The year 2020 marks the 53rd year of Stark Parks serving the Stark County community. Over the last 53 years, we've offered parks and trails, wildlife education and rehabilitation, and the management and conservation of local resources like greenspace and waterways. Our anniversary is this month, but we’re celebrating all year long…

Gnomevember Events

Help needed! Stark Parks is home to friendly and mischievous gnomes and we need to find them and keep track of their activities. Locations have included in trees, on park benches, and along trails so far. Embark on a scavenger hunt to track down these magical beings at Fichtner Park,…
Hiking on a wooded trail

Stark Exploring Trail Challenge is Back!

Take Time to Take it In! 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…

Winter Solstice Hike-a-Thon!

  Make the most of the shortest day of the year and ring in the winter season with a Sunup to Sundown Hike-a-Thon! On  December 21, 2020, choose your first-day-of-winter adventure with Stark Parks and hike all day, or pick a trail or two of your choice to get a…
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
Parks and trails are open for people (and pets) to use and enjoy. Social distancing is required. Restrooms are open.

Public buildings and playgrounds are closed.

Boat ramps and fishing areas are open. Limited in-person outdoor programs and on your own experiences are scheduled along with virtual programs using Zoom.

Please call 330-477-0448 before bringing an injured animal to the Wildlife Conservation Center.


All parks and trails are open at this time. Playgrounds remain closed. Park Rangers continue patrols and can be reached at 330-353-2377. Stark Parks will continue to follow guidance provided by all federal, state and local health authorities.

Limited in-person, outdoors programs are planned. Virtual programs will continue using the Zoom platform. Public board meetings are again being held in person, following CDC guidelines. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at the lower level of the Exploration Gateway to accommodate physical distance requirements.

All public buildings and facilities are closed including Administration Offices, Exploration Gateway (access to Perry-Sippo Library only), Quail Hollow Park (Manor House and Nature Center).

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. Masks are required while in the wildlife viewing area outside the Center for the protection of the staff and wildlife.

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

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.