Stark Parks’ mascot, FeLeap the Frog, turns 16 this year, but the popular park icon will not be getting a driver’s license because his feet are too big for the gas pedal and brake!
Instead the “friendliest frog in town” is inviting children 4-7 years old (with a caregiver) to celebrate his birthday on Sat., Jan. 5 from 1-3 p.m. at his favorite habitat: the Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park, 5712 12th St. NW, in Perry Township. RSVPs are required at www.StarkParks.com or 330.409.8096. Please register only family members ages 4-7 that will be participating.
The free two-hour party will include crafts, games, snacks, a puppet show, and lots of photos with FeLeap. Although no gifts are required, guests who would like to bring a gift are encouraged to visit www.StarkParks.com/wildlife for a list of items needed by the Sanders Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Many of FeLeap’s friends are cared for each year at the Center.
FeLeap is portrayed by park volunteers including Harry Medley of North Canton, Charles Nunley of Massillon, Candy Kunz of Canton, Michelle Husted of North Canton, Mary Daiger of Massillon, Karen Deitrick of Canton, Cynde McLaughlin of Canal Fulton, Suzanne Moore of Canton, and Shannon Noble of Canton. FeLeap attends many Stark Parks programs, numerous parades, and community events. FeLeap recently participated in a “Mascot Olympics” held during a Canton Charge basketball game. Recruitment of additional volunteers to portray FeLeap is underway. Interested volunteers are encouraged to contact Volunteer Coordinator Cindy Zutavern at 330.409.8096 or complete a volunteer form at www.StarkParks.com.