Stark Parks

Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, April 29:


  • Stark Parks levy approved;
  • School levies for Stark, Summit and Cuyahoga counties;
  • Cuyahoga County health and human services levy passes;
  • Summit County Metro Parks levy gains support;
  • Biden is the winner in Ohio's primary;
  • Notable Congressional seat races;


a lake in Canton

The results of Tuesday's primary will determine whether Stark Parks will have the money it needs to keep the system operational.

If a renewal levy on the ballot passes, Stark Parks will be able to keep open thousands of acres of hiking and biking trails and marinas.

Last November voters defeated a parks levy that include a slight increase over the current levy.

photo of sippo lake park

Some parks in Northeast Ohio have had to close some of their facilities as part of the overall efforts to control the spread of coronavirus, but the parks themselves are open for business. Stark Parks spokesman Jared Shive said the system's 15 parks, four lakes and 120 miles of hiking, biking and horseback trails are all still available.   “We have closed our visitors’ center and our wildlife conservation center and our administrative offices, so our public buildings are closed," he said.

Stark County Park District to Seek Tax Increase

Jul 11, 2019
A photo of Walborn Reservoir

Stark Parks is seeking a property tax increase to expand trails and facilities. The park district’s current levy of 1-mill expires at the end of next year and they’re looking to generate more funding.

The director of Stark County Park District, Bob Fonte, said they conducted a survey along with updating the five-year plan for the parks. He said the increase would help fund the things park goers have asked for.

NASA test drone
NASA Langley / NASA website

Regulations that predates drone technology have kept the technology mostly out of most parks, until now. But there's a move to change that.  

The big public parks are all but drone-free. Years ago, due mostly to the model airplanes and rockets of the time, park authorities across the state and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks, banned small, powered-flying devices. Since that’s basically what most modern non-military drones are, they’re covered by those rules.