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Mother Gooseland

willy the whale

Check out the Mother Gooseland re-construction plan

Mother Gooseland - Master Plan (PDF)

Do you remember Willy the Whale, Humpty Dumpty, The Old Lady Who Lived In A Shoe, and many other childhood favorites who filled the park?

The idea was born in 1954 and the park quietly faded away in the 1980s. After two decades of sitting abandoned, a master plan is in place and many community partners including Canton City Parks, ArtsinStark and ystark! are partnering to bring this Canton treasure back to life. While we could never do our friends of 1954 justice in recreating what was once Mother Gooseland, instead we plan to bring back Willy the Whale and add some new friends and features to the park!

Phase one is now complete which included work to clean up the dilapidated park. There is a designated Willy the Whale Dog Park as well as preexisting bocce courts. Beautiful park gates adorn the entrance from Tuscarawas which still allow pedestrian access.   In Fall of 2014 local artist, Steve Ehret, completed the interpretive wall commemorating the original Mother Gooseland.  The park is open daily from dawn until dusk and all vehicles are asked to use the Schroyer Avenue entrance.  

Read about the Mother Gooseland Project in the Canton Connection.  

Phase 2 and 3 are still in the works. You can help make this possible by donating!

To make a donation via Credit Card click Mother Gooseland Donations

We also accept cash and check donations which can be mailed to the following address:

Canton Parks
1414 Market Avenue North
Canton, Ohio 44714

Please make checks payable to The City of Canton.


Thank you for helping turn our vision of Mother Gooseland into a reality!

Questions? Contact our office at  (330) 489-3015