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Be Safe and Courteous on the Trails

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 Department has compiled this list of etiquette and safety reminders: Be Courteous: Move to the right when stopping on a…

It’s a Superhero Summer at Stark Parks!

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 summer camps, there's something for every age and interest. Whether you want to learn about conservation efforts, get healthy, try…

Meet Live Wildlife at Woodland Wildlife Encounters, June 24

On June 24, you and your family are invited to celebrate the work of the Wildlife Conservation Center at the Woodland Wildlife Encounters event at Quail Hollow Park! Stop by the Nature Center between 1 and 3 p.m., located at 13480 Congress Lake Ave. in Hartville, to meet live ambassador…
Wild Night for Wildlife save the date

Summer Solstice Celebration

Save the date, June 21, 2018, for a Summer Solstice soirée for wildlife! Join the Friends of Stark Parks for the fourth annual Wild Night for Wildlife: Summer Solstice Celebration held on the outdoor patio at the Exploration Gateway. Kick off the season of sunshine with dinner, drinks, live animals, and…
Year of the Bird

Year of the Bird

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 friends at Stark Parks guided programs this summer:   June 19 ● Adventures in Birding - Guardians of the Grasslands ● Nickel Plate…
Hike more, worry less - Towpath Trail

Towpath Treks

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 chorus of spring peepers. Explore a few miles at a time over 25 miles of Towpath Trail in Stark County…

Walborn Reservoir Eagle Nest Report

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 at Walborn Reservoir have never been banded by ODNR for safety reasons: the nesting tree has been struck by lightning several…
Trail Users

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.…

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…
2017 Volunteer Dinner

Exceptional Volunteers Honored

  Stark Parks Volunteers and their accomplishments were celebrated at a 1967 retro-themed Recognition Dinner on Nov. 16 at the Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park. The theme paid homage to the 50th anniversary of Stark Parks and the dedicated volunteers who have helped to develop and expand the park…
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…
Nature Series deer photo

Nature Series

Get down and dirty as we explore different park habitats, identify wildlife, and learn about conservation efforts right here in Stark County. Programs, workshops, citizen science projects, and so much more will be offered in our new Nature Series. Between March and October, the first 10 participants to attend 7+…

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…