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Curious Keen-Ager Series

Everyone is getting older, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop discovering new things, exploring new places, and working toward physical and mental wellness! The Curious Keen-Agers series captures energizing and engaging topics and experiences geared toward adults aged 55 and over. These programs are easy to sign up…

Exceptional Volunteers Honored

Stark Parks Volunteers and their accomplishments were celebrated at a red carpet-themed dinner on Thursday, November 21 at the Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park. The theme was a nod to the superstar individuals and groups who donate their time and energy in assisting Stark Parks. Volunteers totaled an estimated 19,372…

Issue #20, Renewal Levy Information

On December 4, 2019, the Stark County Park District Board of Park Commissioners voted to place a 1 mill renewal levy on the ballot in the March 2020 election. This funding will allow the park district to continue operations and maintain existing parks, trails, and facilities. The 1 mill renewal…

parkrun, Free 5k Held Saturdays at Sippo Lake Park!

Friends of Stark Parks is proud to bring parkrun USA to Sippo Lake Park! parkrun is a completely free, weekly (held every Saturday morning), timed 5k staged at parks around the world, led by volunteers.   These 5k events are open to everyone – including walkers. Participants only need to register…

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…

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…

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…
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.
2019 Award and 2020 Shirt Pick Up
Items are available for pick up during regular business hours 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays at the Exploration Gateway. 5712 12th St. NW Canton, OH 44708.