(Canton, Ohio) – Stark Parks officials are looking to the public for input as they create the organization’s five-year plan.
“Our Parks and trails exist for citizens to use and enjoy through recreation, conservation, and education,” explains Stark Parks Marketing Coordinator Jared Shive. “To best make Stark Parks a product of our communities and people, we need to make sure we are in alignment with the opportunities they are seeking.”
Officials are looking for public input and feedback to help guide priority projects and goals. The next five-year plan will cover 2019 to 2023. The survey and first round of feedback sessions were completed in August 2018.
Stark Parks will review the public’s recommendations in detail for final comment and priority. Officials invite citizens to the presentation based on input received during the first round of public meetings. Officials note this final step will lead to the creation of the draft plan.
As for the hope for the future of Stark Parks, Shive says “To serve the people of Stark County with the best parks and trails, relevant nature and recreation programs and events, areas for self-guided and guided adventures, and safe community spaces.”
He adds this destination is extremely important to the community. “[It’s] low-cost and mostly free activities, programs, and locations open daily from sunrise to sunset.” He says. “Experiences also bring in tourists from bikers to birders looking to spend time in Stark County and hopefully visit other attractions and tell others about their time here.”
The meeting schedule is as followed:
- Magnolia/Surrounding areas ● Mon., October 15 ● United Methodist Church (999 Canal St. Magnolia)
- Hartville & Lake Township ● Mon., October 22 ● Quail Hollow Park Manor House (13480 Congress Lake Ave. Hartville)
- Canal Fulton/Lawrence Township ● Mon., October 29 ● Northwest Senior Center (853 Locust St. S Canal Fulton)
- Massillon, Navarre, Jackson Township, Perry Township ● Thur., November 1st at the Massillon Museum (121 Lincoln Way E. Massillon)