Massillon’s citizens benefit from a diversified combination of activities, amenities and park resources provided by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. Incorporated in 1996, this department is an assimilation of The Legends Golf Course and the Parks and Recreation Department, which provides seasonal, indoor and outdoor community events and services to Massillon area residents.
The Massillon Recreation Center is a 69,000-square-foot facility located within walking distance of Lincoln Way. For a monthly fee, the center provides its members with an aquatics and fitness center, an indoor track, gymnasium and multipurpose and community rooms. Two water slides, a kiddie pool, lazy river, two full-size basketball courts and a game room attract the younger audience. Numerous sports leagues make use of its gymnasium’s full-size basketball and volleyball courts. Golfers may take advantage of The Legends of Massillon, which offers 27 holes, executive and annual memberships, tournament opportunities and a bent grass course. Massillon residents can also enjoy nearby Elms and Glenmoor Country Clubs.
The park district is composed of 30 parks that feature a wide selection of amenities: ball courts and fields, pavilions, playgrounds, trails, walking tracks, picnic areas, waterways, a disc golf course, an off-leash dog park and a wading pool. Oak Knoll Park hosts “Pups in the Pool—The Dog Days of Summer,” which allows residents to bring their pups to the wading pool to cool off during a hot Sunday afternoon in August. The Parks and Recreation Department also sponsors a Farmer’s Market, a Family Beach Party, the Sippo Valley Rail Run and Santa’s Mailbox at the Recreation Center. Massillon’s Parks and Recreation Department provides an impressive schedule of events that enhances community involvement and morale. Its programming has been recognized at state and local levels, having received awards from the Massillon Area Chamber of Commerce and the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association.
There are opportunities for the young and old alike, as the Senior Center, YMCA, YWCA and Boys and Girls Club keep Massillon’s citizens active, social and educated.
During its heyday, Massillon’s waterways were vital components of the city’s economic success; however, today’s residents use them for entirely recreational purposes. The Congressman Ralph Regula Towpath Trail provides 110 miles of trails from Cleveland to New Philadelphia for biking, horse riding, walking and hiking, while the Sippo Valley Trail provides eight miles for hiking and biking. Massillon’s portion of the Ohio and Erie Canalway Trail spans six miles along the Tuscarawas River and has three trailheads, one featuring Ernie’s Bike Shop, Trailhead Canoes and Blue Heron Deli.
With a variety of recreation outlets, Massillon residents remain educated, healthy and active members of the community!