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300 Hours Outside Challenge

Tired of sitting behind a computer screen or listening to the kids yell at Fortnite? Take it outside! Stark Parks is challenging you to a 300 Hours Outside Challenge. It can be on-your-own, with some friends, or along with the kids. How it Works? Take the 300 hour challenge from…

Mindfulness Walk Presented with NACPRO Award

Stark Parks is proud to announce that the Mindfulness Walk at Petros Lake Park has been selected as a recipient of a 2020 National Association of County Parks and Recreation Officials (NACPRO) award in the Park and Rec Facility – Class I category. The annual NACPRO awards honor excellence in…
Timeline on wall in exhibit

Ohio Bio Exhibit Now Open

A new natural history timeline exhibit called Ohio Bio is now open to visitors. Located inside the Canalway Center at the Exploration Gateway, the exhibit shows some of the significant events that impacted the state’s native animal populations. The free exhibit is currently open Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to…

Ranger Bass Fishing Series

Spend the day on the water at Stark Parks Ranger Bass Tournaments!   All tournaments are $60 per boat (cash only) with proceeds benefitting the Stark Parks Ranger Cadet Program. No pre-registration required; registration begins one hour prior to each tournament. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and…
Hiking on a wooded trail

Stark Exploring Trail Challenge

Soon enough, the leaves will be turning, the air will be brisk, and fall will be popping up all around. Take the Stark Exploring Challenge and experience autumn with Stark Parks! From September 1 to November 30, hike 10 of the select trails and get rewarded with a hiking stick…

Summer Serenades Returns for 2021 Season

The popular seven concert series that combines the spontaneous sounds of nature and people enjoying a park with the orchestrated sounds of musicians runs through July and August this summer.  The free concerts will feature small groups of musicians from the Canton Symphony Orchestra.  Everyone is invited to bring your…

Towpath Trail Construction Work in Massillon

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began an ongoing levee project near the Tuscarawas River in August 2020.  This is a long term project that will affect this section of the towpath through 2022. As of April. 26, 2021, the Towpath Trail is closed between Cherry Rd. and Lake Ave.…

Walborn Reservoir Eagle Nest Report

In 1979 there were only four eagle pairs in Ohio. The state is now home to around 200 nests with about 300 known eaglets hatching each year.  2018 and 2019 population estimates have been considerably higher. Eaglets at Walborn Reservoir have never been banded by ODNR for safety reasons: the nesting…

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…

Find Me FeLeap

Introducing Find Me FeLeap, another fun scavenger hunt opportunity for you to explore Stark Parks. Ben Weaver, a Jackson High School student and Life Scout with Troop 927-Lake Cable, has designed and placed 12 FeLeap signs hidden across Stark Parks.  Along trails, near wildlife observation areas, and of course next to…

Hidden Gems of Stark Parks

Being outside has been and continues to be one of the safest places to enjoy and Stark Parks is full of hidden gems.  Switch up your route or discover new areas and experiences with lesser-known locations, we call hidden gems. These locations are typically less crowded and tucked away in…

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

Friends of Stark Parks is proud to offer 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…

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…
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.
Deadline Approaching: Order Club Apparel by Feb. 9!
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New Date and Time for March 2020 Board Meeting
New Meeting Date: Thursday March 5, at 6 p.m.
Location: Exploration Gateway-Sippo Lake Park North 5712 12th St. NW, Canton 44708
COVID-19 Updates

The Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park is now accepting indoor meetings, banquets, and rental events. The Lily Pad Gift Shop and Canalway Center debuting an Ohio Bio exhibit are open regular hours of Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone orders and curbside pick up will continue to be offered.

The Manor House at Quail Hollow Park is accepting new rental reservations.

COVID-19 UPDATES

The Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park has resumed reservations for indoor meetings, banquets, and rental events. The Lily Pad Gift Shop and Canalway Center debuting an Ohio Bio exhibit are open regular hours of Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone orders and curbside pick up will continue to be offered. The Manor House at Quail Hollow Park is now accepting new rental reservations.

Injured and orphaned wildlife will continue to be accepted on a case by case basis at the Wildlife Conservation Center due to animal capacity limits. Please call 330-477-0448 for details on how to bring your animal in. Please do not take animals to the center without calling first.

The interior atrium is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with several new exhibits including an aquatic turtle tank with spotted turtles, a small mammal enclosure, aviary exhibit, and a climbing tree snake display. The outdoor enclosures will continue to be open until 6 p.m. for self-guided tours. Applications and interviews for new volunteers interested in assisting with wildlife care and cleaning will be accepted beginning in November 2021.

Marinas at Sippo Lake Park and Walborn Reservoir continue to be open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with food and bait sales and equipment rentals.

Eagle Observation Open with Restrictions
No group viewing at this time, but you are permitted to view with your OWN equipment.

A maximum of 2 people on the deck at any time.