Exploration Gateway


Exploration Gateway

5710-5712 12th St. NW
Canton, OH 44708

330.409.8096 (Stark County Park District)
330.477.8482 (Stark County District Library)

The Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park is a center of nature, culture, and life-long learning established in June 2007 as a partnership between the Stark County Park District and the Stark County District Library.  Portions of the facility are available to the community, including three banquet and meeting rooms and a Video Conference Center, visit www.StarkPartyHall.com for rental information, photos, and availability.

The Perry Sippo Branch Library featuring a 58,000-item collection with specialized nature and Canalway history resources and an outdoor terrace and indoor fireplace, drive-through book drop, 400-gallon aquarium, and wireless internet access and public computers.

The Congressman Ralph Regula Canalway Center features exhibits highlighting the natural and cultural history of the Ohio & Erie Canalway and a Canalway Explorer program that rewards guests for participating in park, library, and community programs and events.

FeLeap’s Lily Pad Gift Shop sells a variety of nature-oriented, locally-made products, gifts, and birding supplies.

Herbert W. Hoover Foundation Science Classroom
contains live wildlife and indoor bird-viewing windows.

Hiking and biking trails around beautiful Sippo Lake

The Stark County Park District and Stark County District Library-Perry Sippo Branch share more than a building. Staff members work together daily to demonstrate a commitment to education, the environment, community outreach, and stewardship of financial resources that makes this partnership unique. 

Facility Hours of Operation:                                                 Information Desk Hours of Operation:

Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.                                        Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.                                                           Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.                                                       Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Sept. to May)                         

Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Sept. to May)

Congressman Ralph Regula Canalway Center Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Sept. to May)