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Seasonal Job Fair 2018 poster

Seasonal Job Fair

Stark Parks will host a two-day seasonal employment fair on Wed., March 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Sat., March 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by the Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park either day to learn about employment and internships in your own backyard. Find…

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…
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…

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…

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…

Wildlife Conservation Center Moves to Hartville

The Wildlife Conservation Center will be calling Hartville home for the next year. The park district is bidding farewell to the long-standing Wildlife Conservation Center at 800 Genoa Ave. NW in Massillon – for now. Donated by the late C.P. Sanders in July of 1986, the existing structure has served…