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Celebrating 50 Years

Stark Parks is turning fifty and we’re inviting you to a year-long celebration! Feb. 17th kicked off our official 50th birthday and we’ve got a brand new look at StarkParks.com. Take our “50 ways” challenge and explore all of the different ways to enjoy Stark Parks. We’ve highlighted 50 ways to get your…

Fishing Derbies Continue this Summer

Fishing derbies for children, ages 4 to 15, continue throughout the summer. Marinas at Sippo Lake Park in Perry Township and Walborn Reservoir in Alliance are open for the season.  The marinas will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays. …

Spring Plant Sale Offers Native Plants and Free Advice

Stark Parks is celebrating the new planting season with the annual Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, May 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Exploration Gateway, located in the north entrance of Sippo Lake Park. The sale will include plants for shade, sunny spots, rain gardens, and everything…

Cache4Coins Geotour

Find a series of 20 different caches that have been placed across Stark County for the Cache4Coins GeoTour kicking off on Dec. 31, 2016. Travel to peaceful reservoirs, surround yourself in acres of trees, stop by tasty and artsy attractions, and take in some local history in Stark County, Ohio.…

Earth Day BioBlitz at Fry Family Park

Celebrate Earth Day with Stark Parks staff and local scientists at Fry Family Park to survey the 348 acres of rolling hills, grasslands, hardwood forests, and wetlands. Located at 2533 Farber St. SE in Magnolia, the park is not yet open to the public, but on Saturday, April 22, you…
K-9 Gunnar with new vest

Gunnar the K-9 Receives New Vest

Stark County Park District’s first K-9 ranger, Gunnar, has received his k-9 ballistic vest thanks to non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. and was sponsored by Consultative Insurance Group of Middleburgh Heights, OH.  The new vest was custom-made and weighs about 5 lbs.  It has a five-year warranty. Gunnar…

Healthy Adventures Returns with a New Twist

  You have been asking if Healthy Adventures will ever come back!  It is returning with a new twist, so plan for a 2017 full of adventure.  Be one of the proud who can say, “I hiked, biked, or ran all around my Stark Parks” by challenging yourself to one or…

Input Sought for Quail Hollow Park

Stark Parks is embarking on a public engagement process to gather community input for the development of a Master Plan for Quail Hollow Park. The Master Plan will assess existing and future needs at the park and make strategic recommendations for capital improvements, operations and maintenance, and programming within the park boundary,…

New Wildlife Center Groundbreaking Held

[caption id="attachment_2743" align="alignleft" width="345"] Bill Bryan, Denise Freeland, Joe Sommer, and Bob Fonte breaking the ground for a new Wildlife Center.[/caption] On April 12th, 2017, Stark Parks officially named the new Wildlife Conservation Building in honor of Joseph J. Sommer. The new building will be located at 800 Genoa Ave…

Quail Hollow Becomes Newest Stark Park

Stark Parks will be ringing in the New Year with a new park.  Bob Fonte, park director, received the signed management agreement, confirming the Park District will officially take management of Quail Hollow State Park in Hartville, beginning Jan. 8, 2016.  “This has been a long time coming. We’re all…

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…