Canton spending $6.1M to upgrade parks and recreation

Ohio– North Canton has renovation plans for its parks and recreation services and will cost $6.1 million. The plan includes creating outdoor performance spaces, expanded parking, new pavilions and a large community playground. The city is asking the state for capital budget funds to cover $2 million of the costs. The city would cover up to 10 percent of the bill and the remaining money would come through a public-private partnership.


Bitzer Park will receive an outdoor performance space and Dogwood Park will add parking spaces, a 22,000-square-foot play area, restrooms and a performance space. The largest renovation would be the creation of an Art and Recreation District in the area of the current little league fields and the Walsh University district. Plans call for creating a natural amphitheater. It would seat about 354 people and be constructed of stone walls and seats. A nearby offsite area would be used for storage. The city will also build an open air, glass enclosed pavilion to seat about 300 people and could be used as a backup venue during bad weather.