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Nimishillen Creek LEAP
By Theresa Gang
Posted: Sep 4, 2014

We appreciate the support from the Nimishillen Creek Watershed Partners for the Nimishillen Creek LEAP program on September 20th.


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Our History:

More than 100 years ago, the citizens of Canton recognized that our parks were some of our greatest assets. For this reason, they formed the Board of Commissioners to control and manage the many wonderful outdoor parks in our community.

In 1890 there were only six City parks. Over the years the Canton Parks have certainly grown. Currently the Canton Parks have 60 park locations both inside and outside the city limits. With roughly 800 acres of recreation land available for public use, citizens can enjoy a wide variety of amenities, including:

  • 5 play areas
  • 2 skate parks
  • 22 picnic shelters
  • 2 rental halls
  • 52 softball/baseball fields
  • 21 tennis courts
  • A 24-hole Disc Golf course
  • Bocce courts
  • Shuffleboard courts
  • A children’s garden
  • The JFK Memorial Fountain
  • The Stark County Veterans Memorial
  • A 1-mile rubberized walk/run/exercise track, in addition to the incredible scenery and wildlife present throughout the city.


Oversight and Governance:

The Canton Board of Park Commissioners is made up of three individuals appointed by the Mayor. The Board is semi-autonomous and operates under Section 755 of the Ohio Revised Code. The Board is committed to “maintaining and conserving diverse park, recreation, and open space opportunities by providing for safe, adaptable, and environmentally conscience park areas”.

Please come visit us! All are welcome to enjoy one of the City of Canton’s finest features - our historic public park system!


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