Parks and other Recreation

Canton Park District's Lakeland ParkCanton Park District's Lakeland ParkPublic parks are found throughout the county, and nearly every community has one. Many of these are described briefly in the individual communities pages.

The Canton Park District is extensive enough in size, number of facilities, and range of activities, to require further description. Organized in 1923, the District includes several parks, totaling 1,403 acres. Wallace Park , with its playground, pavilion, and paved walking loop, is home to the Donaldson Community Center, which provides space for public activities and events. Big Creek Park , whose hiking trail explores rolling terrain filled with natural beauty, also features lighted tennis courts, a skate park, an 18 hole disc golf course, picnic shelter, bocce ball court, and an outdoor water park and pool, complete with zero-depth entry and flume and drop slides.

Lakeland Park illustrates the recreational potential of reclaimed strip-mine lands. The park contains over 5 miles of hiking/biking trails, picnic shelters, fishing on several lakes, natural areas, a nearby golf driving range, and even scuba diving. It is also the site of the annual Lakeland Bi-Tri Classic, a popular regional biathalon/triathalon consisting of swimming, biking, and running. In addition to all of this, the Canton Park District has athletic parks and administers the baseball, softball, and flag football leagues that use them.