Fry Family Park
This 360-acre property has beautiful rolling topography with a mixture of grasslands, hardwood forests, a pond, wetlands, and significant stream and wooded riparian corridor. It provides habitat for an array of songbirds, game birds, raptors, and small mammals. A catch and release fishing pond is a .30 mile walk from the parking area next to the barn. Use the access drive on the left traveling up the main driveway.
The Harold S. Fry Visitor Center
The Harold S. Fry Visitor Center at Fry Family Park will be open regular hours beginning Aug 26 and will be open for the rest of 2021 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More permanent hours will be set in 2022.
The center includes a science lab, library, classroom and multi-purpose room, and outdoor gathering spaces available for rent. The building is a hub to begin your adventures and a place to meet for scheduled public and requested programs. Exploration Backpacks include plant and animal guides and bug and specimen collectors. These can be checked out during regular open hours for free. Driver’s License or ID will be held during borrowing period. Park maps and pollinator scavenger hunts are also available to use and keep at no charge.
The Visitor Center was originally the home of the Fry Family. The home is in its original location and underwent renovation in 2019 to its present state. Harold worked with Stark Parks to transfer the property with the vision of creating a park everyone could enjoy. He loved the idea that the family home could be used as a community gathering place where others could learn to appreciate nature.
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