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2022 Kids Fishing Derbies

Derby Circuit-Spring and Summer 2022 Stark Parks is happy to announce all derbies will be returning this spring.  Like so many programs, the annual children’s derbies were put on hold due to pandemic restrictions. The always-popular Jack Cullen Towpath Trail Trout Derby will kick off the fishing derby circuit for…

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…

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…
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…
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…
Kayaks on shoreline

Paddle Skedaddle Offers Canoeing, Kayaking, and Stand-Up Paddleboards

Join us at Walborn Reservoir on July 23 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to try out canoes, kayaks, and stand up paddleboards on the water. During this free event, participants will receive a brief introduction on the shoreline, then be given an opportunity to try paddling on the water…

Summer Serenades Concerts with the Canton Symphony

The popular 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 favorite…

Tam O’Shanter Wetland Planting

During the month of June the Natural Resources Department will be planting thousands of native plugs in a wetland being restored at Tam O' Shanter Park. Volunteer help is needed! The restoration project is partially funded by a grant received from The Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation Program, which covers…

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 May 30, 2022, the Towpath Trail remains closed between Cherry Rd. and Lake Ave.…

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…

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…

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…
Man holding Kestrel in hand with trail and woods in background

Meet Live Wildlife at Woodland Wildlife Encounters

On June 25, 2022 from 1 to 3 p.m., you and your family are invited to celebrate the work of the Wildlife Conservation Center at the Woodland Wildlife Encounters event at Sippo Lake Park.  Meet live ambassador animals and hear their stories.  These animals represent their species and give us all…

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…
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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