Get out this weekend and visit a trail.
High school bands, bike rides, hikes, informational tables, a ribbon cutting and giveaways will be part of the National Trails Day celebrations in North Canton and Plain Township on Saturday, June 2.
Hoover Trail, 10 a.m. – noon -
The finishing touches, which include limestone topcoat and signs, are being completed on the newest section of the Hoover Trail that extends from 7th Street south to the North Canton YMCA. The trail goes beside the new softball fields, the football practice field and the soccer fields.
The June 2 celebration, which begins at 10 a.m. in the back of Hoover High School near the tennis courts, will include booths by the North Canton Chamber of Commerce, North Canton YMCA, Walsh University, the Stark County Bicycle Club, the Friends of Stark Parks, SARTA and DeHoff Realtors. Hoover band members will play from 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
A ribbon-cutting, actually grapevine will be used, ceremony will be held at 10:45 a.m.
At 11 a.m., bike trailblazers will lead a ride to Washington Square and back. At 11:10 a.m. walkers can choose to walk to the North Canton YMCA, led by a staff member or walk with a Stark Parks ranger toward the ball fields.
The Hoover Trail in North Canton and the new Middle Branch Trail in Plain Township will connect with one another at Market Avenue & Easton, where the current stoplight will be modified with a pedestrian crossing button. A new flashing pedestrian crossing signal will be installed at Marquardt Street this summer.
“Stark Parks would like to thank all our partners in the North Canton community who have made this trail project a reality,” said Bob Fonte, Director of Stark Parks. “Urban trails need many champions to become reality, and the June 2 celebration is a reflection of a lot of local support.
Plain Township Trail, noon – 3 p.m.
The celebration will continue at Plain Township’s Schneider Park from noon-3 p.m. on June 2 to celebrate National Trails Day and the construction of the Plain Township section of the Middle Branch Trail.
The GlenOak pep band will play from noon-12:45 p.m., the grapevine-cutting ceremony will follow at 12:45 p.m. and the Bicycle Poker Run will begin at 1:15 p.m.
The poker run is free and registration will be held at the park. There will be five stops where riders can pull a card. At the last stop, whoever has the best hand will receive a prize. Stops will include Rice’s Nursery, Gervasi Vineyard, as well as the City of Canton’s Martindale Park.
The newest addition to Stark Parks’ countywide system of trails, the Middle Branch Trail in Plain Township joins the Canton section of the trail at Martindale Park and continues south through Canton’s Reifsnyder Park and Schreiber/Maple Park.
Page 2 of 2 - In the township the trail goes by Gervasi Vineyard and Rice’s Nursery then encircles Schneider Park and GlenOak High School, and crosses Easton into Lexington Farms housing allotment.
From Lexington Farms the trail will continue west along Bellview and south on the east side of Market Avenue.
This summer two solar-powered flashing pedestrian crossings will be installed where the trail crosses Easton north of GlenOak High School and where the trail crosses Schneider Street south of the high school.
“We’re so happy to be opening this new trail in Plain Township,” said Fonte. “We’ve been planning the trail ever since the new high school was built and since Canton completed its section of the trail, so we appreciate the community’s patience as well as its tremendous support.
Parking for the June 2nd Schneider Park event will be provided at GlenOak High School. Activities include hiking, Frisbee golf, and bicycle helmet checks from the Plain Twp. Fire Department. SARTA will have one of its new eco-friendly buses with bike racks on display.
Since Schneider Park is home to two dog parks, and dogs on leashes are welcome along all Stark Parks’ trails, guests are encouraged to bring donations of dry cat and dog food to the event; the donations will be given to the Stark County Humane Society, who will also be participating in the National Trails Day event.
Stark Parks’ new pet patrol volunteers, the TAILblazers, will be on hand to greet guests, as will the City of Canton, the Stark County Bicycle Club, the North Canton YMCA, Friends of Stark Parks, Plain Township Historical Society, Quonset Hut and the Plain Community Branch of the Stark County District Library.
The new trails were built with funds from a Clean Ohio Trail Fund grant, with matching funds provided by local residents through their support of Stark Parks’ operating levy.
Information provided by Connie Rubin, public relations coordinator, Stark Parks