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Winter Movie Nights

Cozy up indoors with Winter Movie Nights in the park presented by Stark Parks in partnership with the Stark County District Library! Bring your favorite blanket or comfy chair to the Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park for two separate showings this season – Coco will be presented on Friday,…

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…
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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…

Exceptional Volunteers Honored

  Stark Parks Volunteers and their accomplishments were celebrated at a honeybee-themed Recognition Dinner on Thursday, November 15 at the Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park. The theme paid tribute to the hard work, variety of roles, and the common goals that are represented in the volunteer program. Volunteers from…

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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…

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…

Winter Adventures Await at Stark Parks

The winter season offers a different perspective of a park and the life inside it. A walk on trails that are usually busy can turn into quite the tranquil getaway, feeling as if you have the area to yourself. Take advantage of the snowy solitude and get outside on your…
Park Closed until 2019
Deer Creek Reservoir is closed while construction is underway for a new boat ramp and parking lot improvements.
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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) as part of a pilot program in 2019. 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.