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Exceptional Volunteers Honored

Front Row (L to R): Deb Belden, Lindy Anastis, Denise FreelandBack Row (L to R): Wayne Wellbaum, Executive Director Dan Moeglin, Patrick Cooper, Howard Montgomery from NE Ohio Orienteering Club. Not Pictured: Patricia Quick Stark Parks celebrated volunteer accomplishments in 2022 at the annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner at the Exploration Gateway at Sippo…

Feedback Welcome for Branding and Marketing Survey

Stark Parks is working to update our branding and marketing elements to better engage and connect with you. Your input is needed to better understand what Stark Parks means to you. This survey will take less than five minutes. Thank you for your time and participation. See you at Stark…

Celebrating Over 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 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and celebration of the first Earth Day in 1970. It would be another…

Hidden Gems of Stark Parks

The great outdoors continues to be one of the safest places to spend time, and Stark Parks has plenty of space to explore.  If your usual route has increased in traffic, or you're simply ready to try out a new trail, switch up your route and discover new areas and…
Derek and Dan standing with lake in background

New Stark Parks Leaders Bring Vast Experience and Knowledge of Stark County

The Stark County Board of Park Commissioners today named DAN MOEGLIN the new Executive Director of Stark Parks and named DEREK GORDON to the newly created position of Deputy Director of Stark Parks. “We are thrilled today to announce the leadership team that we believe will secure an incredible future…

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 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 Trail through 2022. As of July 13, 2022, the Towpath Trail is closed between Warmington Rd. (John Glenn…

Walborn Reservoir Eagle Nest Report

We hope you enjoy the observations of eagle watching volunteers and invite you to stop by the nest site located on the west side of Walborn Reservoir.  Laws protecting eagles define how close you can get to a nest; do not walk any closer than the wooden Observation Deck that…
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!
Use the Shop Apparel Button on the main page or the button below!
Branding Survey

Stark Parks is looking to update our branding and marketing elements to better engage and connect with our community. Your input is important and needed.

Please take this survey and share your feedback. It should take less than five minutes. Thank you for your interest!