A partner in preserving and protecting the quality of life in Stark County.....Friends of Stark Parks is a non-profit volunteer organization founded in 1997 and dedicated to the development and use of Stark County Park District parks and trails. Friends serve the park district as volunteers, promoting the parks, stimulating the use of the parks’ resources and services, helping at park events, and assisting in the development of new programs. We invite your involvement as a Friend and volunteer.

The Friends of Stark Parks sponsor a Casino Night in March and Canalway Classic 5K Run and Walk on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in August. Other projects have included the installation of sandstone benches along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, planting of trees in many parks, purchasing the costume for the park district's frog mascot, FeLeap, and contributing funds to the Exploration Gateway and wildlife rehabilitation caging and food storage buildings.

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

Interested in becoming a member of Friends of Stark Parks?  Please fill out the membership brochure 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 $15.00 each. 

Renewing members receive a 2014 hiking stick fob and a 2014 membership card entitling them to 10% off purchases in the Lily Pad Gift Shop, Sippo and Walborn marinas, and the Magnolia Flouring Mills.

Friends of Stark Parks offers Towpath tags from 1998 and 2000-2012.  They can be purchased at the Lily Pad Gift Shop located inside the Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake.

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