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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…
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Issue #20, Renewal Levy Information

On December 4, 2019, the Stark County Park District Board of Park Commissioners voted to place a 1 mill renewal levy on the ballot in the March 2020 election (now being held June 2, 2020). Funding will allow the Stark Parks to continue operations and maintain existing parks, trails, and facilities. The…

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…
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.
Hi There! We hope you are looking to Opt Outside today or any day. Take a break from buying presents and be present. Your body and mind thank you!
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.
Deadline Approaching: Order Club Apparel by Feb. 9!
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New Date and Time for March 2020 Board Meeting
New Meeting Date: Thursday March 5, at 6 p.m.
Location: Exploration Gateway-Sippo Lake Park North 5712 12th St. NW, Canton 44708
COVID-19 Updates
Parks and trails continue to remain open for people (and pets) to use and enjoy. Rangers will continue patrols and operations crews will service the trash cans in compliance with the health order. For our patron’s safety Stark Parks has added additional closures. The complete list includes: • Public Buildings • Shelters • Restrooms, including porta johns • Playgrounds • Eagle Observation Deck at Walborn Reservoir (observation is allowed with personal equipment and no more than 2 people on the deck at a time)

Be courteous and safe. Continue physical distancing. Stay home if you don’t feel well and continue to wash hands frequently and thoroughly.


All parks and trails remain open at this time. Playgrounds and restroom facilities are closed. Park Rangers continue standard patrols and can be reached at 330-353-2377. Stark Parks will continue to follow guidance provided by all federal, state and local health authorities.

At this time, we have temporarily suspended public programs through April 12. Registration fees for programs scheduled between these dates will be refunded.

All public buildings and facilities are closed through Sun., April 12, including Administration Offices, Exploration Gateway, the Wildlife Conservation Center, Quail Hollow Park (Manor House and Nature Center), and all reservable shelters. Reservations scheduled between now and April 12 will be offered an opportunity to reschedule or receive a refund. No fees will be taken for new reservations, but we will put temporary holds on facilities for dates after April 12.

For general information, please call (330) 477-3552. Continue to check this page for the most up-to-date information, or follow us at

Eagle Observation Open with Restrictions
No group viewing at this time, but you are permitted to view with your OWN equipment.

A maximum of 2 people on the deck at any time.