Friends of Stark Parks (FSP) is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to promoting the development and use of Stark County Park District parks, trails, facilities, educational programs, and events.
FSP raises funds through memberships, donations, grants and several annual fundraisers. The FSP Board meets monthly to discuss responsible spending of the monies raised through these events.
Money raised from FSP supports a variety of supplemental projects in Stark Parks including:
The Friends of Stark Parks invites you to the fourth annual Wild Night for Wildlife: Summer Solstice Celebration on June 21, 2018! Kick off the season of sunshine with dinner, drinks, live animals, and stunning views of Sippo Lake on the back patio of the Exploration Gateway.
Cocktail hour begins at 5:30 with dinner at 6:30 p.m. The evening will benefit the continued care of wildlife at the Joseph J. and Helen M. Sommer Wildlife Conservation Center.The event is Sold Out, we hope to see you at future events and encourage you to make a donation to Friends of Stark Parks.
We are currently seeking input for our Five-Year Plan for 2019 through 2023. Our parks and trails exist for citizens to use and enjoy through recreation, conservation, and education. The… More
Warmer weather brings more people around the parks and enjoying hiking and biking trails across Stark County. Stark Parks is the Place to Be this year and the Public Safety… More
Local businesses and park supporters are collectively offering a $2,000 reward for the arrest and successful conviction of a recent assailant on the Middle Branch Trail. This comes after a… More
Stark Parks is soaring into the season of sunshine and we want you to be a summertime superhero! From marvelous nature programs and aquatic adventures to fantastic wildlife events and super… More
Celebrate the Year of the Bird! 2018 marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Enjoy bird watching, discover new facts, and celebrate a better world for our fine-feathered… More
You have seen pictures of tunnels, bridges, a dry dock, and bright red lock tender's house. You have heard about great places to see bald eagles soaring overhead and a… More
In 1979 there were only four eagle pairs in Ohio. The state is now home to over 200 nests and with around 300 known eaglets hatching each year. The eaglets… More