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Celebrating 50 Years

Stark Parks is turning fifty and we’re inviting you to a year-long celebration! Feb. 17th will kick off our official 50th birthday and we’ve got a brand new look at StarkParks.com. Visit us online and go on a virtual scavenger hunt to win prizes. Feb. 17th also starts our “50…

Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Answers can be submitted using the printable form or the online submission form. (see below) Completed forms will be logged in the order they are received no matter which format they are received. Printable Scavenger Hunt [formidable id="15" description="1"]

Weekly Gardening Series Begins March 9

The popular Gardening Series returns on March 9 and runs for nearly three months with ten different sessions featuring trending topics and expert presenters.  All programs are free but registration is suggested.   The Gardening Series programs occur on Thursday at 6 p.m.  The series culminates with the Spring Plant…

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.…
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…

Input Sought for Quail Hollow Park

Stark Parks is embarking on a public engagement process to gather community input for the development of a Master Plan for Quail Hollow Park. The Master Plan will assess existing and future needs at the park and make strategic recommendations for capital improvements, operations and maintenance, and programming within the park boundary,…

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…