Our mission
Friends of Stark Parks is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to promoting the development and use of Stark County Park District parks, trails, facilities, educational programs, and events.

Our vision is to be the community leader in promoting the responsible use of Stark County’s natural resources; in educating our community and enlisting its involvement in conservation education; and in supporting facilities and programs available through the Stark County Park District.

Our goal is to support the Stark County Park District as a partner in preserving and protecting the quality of life for all who live, work, and play in Stark County through fundraising, grants seeking, volunteerism and promotions.

We invite your involvement as a Friend and volunteer. 

The Friends of Stark Parks sponsor a Casino Night in March and a Wild Night for Wildlife in the fall. Other projects have included the installation of sandstone benches along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, planting of trees in parks, purchasing the FeLeap the Frog costume, and contributing funds to the Exploration Gateway and wildlife rehabilitation caging and food storage buildings.  View the 2015 Sponsorship Opportunities.

Meetings for the Board of The Friends of Stark Parks are held monthly.

Interested in becoming a member of Friends of Stark Parks?  Complete the Membership Application and send a check to Friends of Stark Parks, 5300 Tyner Street NW, Canton, OH 44708 or utilize online membership through your paypal account or credit card. 

New members receive a hickory hiking stick or a hat for their first year of support in addition to discounts at fee-based programs and retail facilities. Additional hiking sticks can be purchased for $15 each.  

Renewing members receive a 2015 hiking stick fob and a 2015 membership card entitling them to 10% off purchases in the Lily Pad Gift Shop, Sippo and Walborn marinas, and the Magnolia Flouring Mills.

Corporate Members receive a variety of recognition and advertising benefits and opportunities to host events and employee outings at Stark Parks.  Read more about our Corporate Memberships.

   Friends of Stark Parks Membership Levels



A proud partner of the Stark Community Foundation and Leave a Legacy Stark County.