Volunteer and Donate

Trail Clean Up & Maintenance Days

Park Trails Clean Up

Volunteer Waiver Form (Adult and Under 18)

Thank you for your interest in helping the Tuscarawas County Park Department! We greatly appreciate your help. County owned trail and park properties include:

  • Portions of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail
  • Canal Lands Park
  • The Norma J. Johnson Nature Preserve (as part of the Norma Johnson Center)
  • Trenton Heritage Park (accessible only via permit)

Volunteers who wish to perform trail clean up (including litter collection) and trail maintenance should contact the Tuscarawas County Park Department at 330-365-3278 or via email at parkdept@co.tuscarawas.oh.us. You can also signup for our Volunteer Newsletter here.

All volunteers must sign a Volunteer Waiver Form. No exceptions.

Trail volunteers should arrive with adequate supplies and clothing (water, boots\hiking shoes, hat, gloves, sunscreen, bug spray, etc.). Volunteers are free to bring their own tools (hand tools preferred) along with proper protective equipment – safety is our #1 priority!

Clean up and maintenance days are often performed in collaboration with the Tuscarawas County Soil & Water Conservation District.

Adopt-a-Trail

Volunteer Waiver Form (Adult and Under 18)

The Tuscarawas County Park Department has teamed up with local corporations, service organizations, and volunteer groups to develop the Adopt-a-Trail program! This program aims to assist with keeping a six-mile section of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail litter-free, brush-free, and visually improved.

Since the Park Department’s implementation of the Adopt-a-Trail program in 2018, there are six participating groups who have adopted sections of the trail here in Tuscarawas County!

Adopt-a-Trail Terms

Download the Adoption Program Agreement here.

All volunteers must sign a Volunteer Waiver Form. No exceptions.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Adopt-a-Trail program, please contact the Tuscarawas County Park Department at 330-365-3278 or via email at parkdept@co.tuscarawas.oh.us.

Tuscarawas County Trailblazer Program

The Tuscarawas County Trailblazers are all-volunteer community members working with the Tuscarawas County Park Department, the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition (OECC), and the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office to provide assistance and education to visitors on County owned or OECC properties.

Trailblazers provide information, bicycle maintenance, and basic first-aid to visitors. They alert the Park Department to any potential problems or hazards along the trail, and are to notify the Sheriff’s Office of any violations and concerns encountered.

Trailblazer Terms

Download the Trailblazer Application here.

The Tuscarawas County Trailblazer program requires a high level of commitment from both volunteers and staff. Each applicant and returning Trailblazer are asked to evaluate their personal and professional commitments before joining.

For questions or concerns, please contact the Tuscarawas County Park Department at 330-365-3278 or via email at parkdept@co.tuscarawas.oh.us

Donate

If you cannot donate your time, please consider supporting the Tuscarawas County Park Department in other ways. We do accept donations towards trail maintenance and equipment, and will consider land donations and easements.

You can also support the Friends of Tuscarawas County Parks. Monies raised go towards trail and green space development throughout Tuscarawas County. (Please note that the Friends of Tuscarawas County Parks is an independent 501(c)(3) organization – they are not a part of the Park Department or County Government.)

Friends of Tuscarawas County Parks

The Friends of Tuscarawas County Parks is an approved 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, with the purpose of promoting and developing recreational and historic trails in Tuscarawas County. They are not a part of the Park Department or County Government. All donations are tax-deductible. Visit their website at www.friendstuscparks.com/ for more information.

Trail of Fame

The Tuscarawas County Park Department recognizes how valuable and important volunteers have been, are, and will be for the development of trails and green space here in Tuscarawas County. Below are our Trail of Fame inductees – we thank them for their time, their work, and their passion!

2021 Trail of Fame

  • Mike Abrams
  • Mike Durbin
  • Dee Grossman

2020 Trail of Fame

  • Renee Clark
  • Ted Gerber
  • Jerry Lahmers

2019 Trail of Fame

  • Mary Jane John
  • John Little
  • Kerry Metzger

2018 Trail of Fame

  • Jon Elsasser
  • Al Fearon
  • Kathy Fernandez
  • George Reymond

2017 Trail of Fame

  • Mary Hamilton
  • David Hipp
  • Stan Koehlinger
  • Chuck Knaack
  • Richard Lebold
  • Roger Read