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Family Fall Fest, Oct. 22 at Tam O’Shanter Park

Happy Fall Y'all! Stark Parks’ Annual Fall Fest will take place Saturday, October 22, from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Tam O'Shanter Park to celebrate the fall season. This free, family-friendly event (Costumes encouraged) offers lots of fun activities, giveaways and entertainment for kids and families of all ages.…

Help Collect and Clean Native Seeds Many of the plants and trees within Stark Parks are in their seed stage, which means it’s time to collect and clean these seeds. All are welcome to join for the seed collection or cleaning, and volunteering requires no previous knowledge or experience. A Stark Parks staff member will…
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 purchase a hiking stick and shield!…
Trash to Treasure Logo 2022

Trash to Treasure Contest

Another person's trash could be your ticket to a winning art piece!  Join Friends of Stark Parks and partners, Stark Parks, Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Recycling District, Ohio Ocean Foundation, and Habitat for Humanity ReStore Canton for our annual upcycle art contest in celebration of America Recycles Day! We're looking for the most…

VeteRUN Walk and Virtual 5k, Nov. 12

This Veteran's Day, Stark Parks is honoring those who have served our country by inviting you and your family to take a patriotic hike or run at Quail Hollow Park on Nov. 12, 2022.   The Nature for All Trail will be lined with American flags paying tribute to our veterans…

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

Coral Crochet

Help raise awareness on the impact waterways in Ohio have on coral reefs around the world through the creation of a community art piece. Participants with rudimentary crochet skills are invited to help create coral pieces that will be made into a crochet coral reef and displayed this summer at…

Deck the Hollow Holiday Lights Walk at Quail Hollow Park

Join Stark Parks and the Quail Hollow Volunteer Association for a lighted walk experience at Quail Hollow Park! The grounds will feature decorated trees and lights. Stop inside the beautifully decorated Stewart House for a self-guided tour of one of Stark County's true gems. Take a stroll down Santa Lane…

Fry Family Park Accessible Fishing Boardwalk Feedback Form

Stark County Park District is applying to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ 2022 Natureworks Grant Program to build an accessible fishing boardwalk at Fry Family Park. It will span the northwest section of the pond and will provide ADA access for fishing, nature observation, and recreational purposes from the…

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…

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

Friends of Stark Parks is proud to offer parkrun USA at Sippo Lake Park! Held every Saturday morning, parkrun is a free, weekly, volunteer-led timed 5k run. Staged at parks around the world, these 5k events are open to everyone – including walkers. Participants only need to register once, where…

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.
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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.
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