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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.…
SLP Gazebo with Fry

Celebrating 50 Years

Stark Parks is turning fifty and we’re inviting you to a year-long celebration! Feb. 17th kicked off our official 50th birthday and we’ve got a brand new look at StarkParks.com. Take our “50 ways” challenge and explore all of the different ways to enjoy Stark Parks. We’ve highlighted 50 ways to get your…
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…
Santa Sign

Here Comes Santa!

  On Saturday, December 2, meet the big guy himself from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as Stark Parks and the Stark County District Library welcomes Santa to the Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park! Children can visit with Santa, make holiday crafts to take home, see Santa's live animals,…
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…

Healthy Adventures Returns with a New Twist

  You have been asking if Healthy Adventures will ever come back!  It is returning with a new twist, so plan for a 2017 full of adventure.  Be one of the proud who can say, “I hiked, biked, or ran all around my Stark Parks” by challenging yourself to one or…

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…

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…