Winter Adventures Await at Stark Parks

The winter season offers a different perspective of a park and the life inside it. A walk on trails that are usually busy can turn into quite the tranquil getaway, feeling as if you have the area to yourself. Take advantage of the snowy solitude and get outside on your own or join Stark Parks for new ways to explore the snow. With 14 parks and 110 miles of trail, there is plenty to do including ice skating and cross country skiing programs this winter.

Cabin Fever … A state of restlessness caused by spending too much time indoors or in a small space. The term is speculated to have first been used to describe early U.S. settlers’ experiences during long winter stays in their cabin awaiting the spring thaw.

Cure #1: Cross Country Skiing
Don’t let the cold and snow dominate your health goals or mood! Get outside on your own or with us.  Cross-country skiing guided programs are planned for Saturdays in January and February, providing enough snow is on the ground at Quail Hollow Park.

Ice Skating Area on Lake

Ice skating area at Sippo Lake Park

Cure #2: Ice Skating
Ice skate on Sippo Lake in the designated area next to the Sippo Lake Marina.  The area is open when the ice is at least four inches thick and the snow is cleared away.   Ice conditions can be confirmed by calling 330-477-3552 or below!  Signs will also be posted confirming the ice conditions.  Bring your own equipment.  
Sippo Lake Marina, 5300 Tyner St., Canton 44708

Ice Skating is Closed as of Jan. 11, 2018!

Cure #3: Sled Riding
Feel the rush sledding straight down or around the bowl in the amphitheater area of Petros Lake Park in Perry Twp.  The sledding hill is near the back of the park to the right of the baseball fields.
Petros Lake Park, 3519 Perry Dr. SW, Canton 44706

Cure #4: Take a Hike
Put on your winter gear and head out on the trails.  You will probably find the winter backdrop great for a family photo or selfie during your adventure.

Dressing for the Weather
Dropping temperatures and snowy landscapes mean you will need to spend a little more time preparing for winter adventures. Keep these winter tips in mind before your next visit.

Stay dry and warm by dressing in layers made out of synthetic materials, fleece, wool, or down. These materials will dry quickly and retain body heat even if they become wet. Think about having a base layer that pulls moisture away from the skin, an insulating layer for warmth, and a water/wind resistant outer shell. Avoid cotton because it allows moisture to stay on the skin, dries slowly, and will not insulate when wet. Wear a hat and gloves to prevent heat loss and protect fingers.

Choose the proper footwear. There is nothing worse than soggy, cold socks. Shoes or boots with a waterproof coating, like GORE-TEX, to keep snow and water out are best.  Yaktrax slip over your shoes or boots and provide increased traction.

Keep your energy up by taking plenty of water to stay hydrated and packing trail snacks. The average person can burn 650 calories per hour by cross country skiing and snowshoeing. A good rule for any season is 8 oz. of water for every hour outdoors.

Use sun protection all year! Sunscreen, sunglasses, and protective hats are just as important for protecting your skin and eyes in the winter as they are in the summer.