Programs & Activities


Diaz Woodard, Recreation Specialist
Cell Phone:  717-324-6567

York City Recreation & Parks Bureau
Direct Line:  717-849-2276

Office Location:
101 South George Street
York, PA 17401

Mailing Address:
101 South George Street
York, PA 17401


The mission of the York City Recreation & Parks Bureau is to meet the recreation needs of York City residents by providing direction, planning and coordination of services to enhance their quality of life through year-round leisure programs and facilities that will develop and enhance the individual’s physical, emotional, mental and social well-being.


York City Recreation and Parks reserves the right to: Cancel a program for any reasonable cause. To deny registration or entry into a program when it deems necessary to assure public safety. To suspend a child from a program, with no refund, after notifying a parent of disciplinary problems. To adjust any of the program details printed in this publication or any other City publication regarding fees, locations, instructors, times, days and starting dates. Park Rules – No person or vehicle shall remain in any park between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. unless by permit or authorized by the Director. No person shall drive through or park a motor vehicle partially or totally on lawn areas of any park unless otherwise permitted. No alcoholic beverages are permitted in any park. No littering. All trash must be disposed of in the proper containers. (Codified Ordinance Article 741.02) Feeding of water foul is prohibited.


  • Summer Park Program

    2023 Summer Park Program

    June 12 – July 20, 2023 (Six-Week Program)

    Monday – Thursday

    9 am to 4 pm

    AGES 6 to 13

    Camp Locations: 

    • Allen (Wallace St.)
    • Arles (Pattison & King Sts.)
    • Bantz (W. College Ave. Extended)
    • Farquhar (Madison & Newberry Intersection)
    • Memorial Park Complex (Vander Ave.)

    REGISTRATION BEGINS:  The Week of Monday, April 17, 2023

    • Where:  City Hall, 101 South George Street, York, PA 17401
    • When:   Wednesdays & Thursdays, 11 am to 1 pm AND Fridays, 3:30 to 5:30 pm

    The application will be available on Monday, April 17, 2023.


    • May 31, 2023 (or until full)


    • $75.00/per child (City Resident)
    • $125.00/child (Non-City Resident)

    The registration fee includes six (6) weeks of camp, breakfast/lunch, swimming, roller skating, field trips with bus transportation, arts and crafts, and a camp t-shirt.


    To register, click and download each form and fill our the required information.  Please review the “Parent Registration Instructions” for complete registration details.  Upon registering, additional program overview information will be given.

  • Youth & Family Activities
    Annual Fishing Derby

    For ages 15 & under (accompanied by an adult)

    Date:  Saturday, April 1, 2023

    Rain or Shine Event

    Time: 7 am to 12:30 pm

    Location: Kiwanis Lake

    Annual Easter Egg Hunt

    Date:  Saturday, April 1, 2023

    Rain Date:  April 8, 2023

    Time: 1 to 4 pm

    Location: Kiwanis Lake

    Summer Parks Program

    Dates: Monday – Thursday

    June 12 – July 20, 2023

    Time: 9 am to 4 pm

    Location: 5 City Parks  (Bantz, Farquhar, Memorial, Allen, and Arles)

    Juneteenth Celebration

    Date: Saturday, June 17, 2023

    Time: 12 to 7 pm

    Location: Penn Park

    Estimated attendance: 500+

    Summer Movie Series (Fridays)

    Dates:  July 7 (Minion: “The Rise of Gru”), August 11 (The Super Mario Bros. Movie)

    Time:  Dusk

    NEW Location: Cherry Lane Park (Center City)

    Cherry Lane Summer Concert Series (2nd Wednesdays)

    Dates: July 12 (Xtremity, Rose Hudson & Sabrina Duncan), August 9 (Gospel Explosion, featuring Brett Walker & Family)

    Time: 7 to 8:30 pm

    Location: Cherry Lane Park (Center City)

    Annual B2S Resource Fair

    Date: August 12, 2023

    Time: 1 to 5 pm

    Location: Voni B. Grimes Gym

    Labor Day Celebration

    Date: Monday, September 4, 2023

    Time: 4 to 9 pm

    Location: Kiwanis Lake & Farquhar Park

    CLICK for more information on Labor Day!

    York City Trunk or Treat

    Date: Thursday, October 26, 2023

    Time: 5:30 to 7:30 pm

    Location: City Hall Parking Lot


  • Voni B. Grimes Gym | Yorktown Community Center

    Voni B. Grimes Gym, 125 East College Avenue
    Yorktown Community Center, 1059 Kelly Drive (Fireside)


  • Memorial Park Batting Cages

    City of York Parks & Recreation Bureau

    2023 Sponsorship Proposal for Youth Activities & Special Events


    Sponsoring a City of York youth activity provides you with a unique opportunity to connect with the community, build brand awareness and show your company’s support in providing SAFE recreation alternatives for urban families and children of the City of York.


    Each event reaches a different key audience and provides an entertaining experience for the families of the City of York.

    With your sponsorship, we can continue to grow these events while further enriching the city residents’ lives.

    Your sponsorship will not only support these activities, but it will also give your organization the opportunity to show your employees and investors your dedication to your community.


    CLICK HERE to view/print sponsorship packet.


    Diaz Woodard

    Recreation Program Specialist I

    Parks and Recreation Bureau

    101 S. George St., York, PA 17401

    Office (717) 849-2276

    Cell (717) 324-6567

  • FREE Tennis for Kids
    2023 FREE Tennis for Kids

    View flyer to learn more about the FREE Tennis Program for Kids!

    Welcome to another year of Tennis for Kids! It is our 33rd year since our founding in 1990 by Hank Merges and John Davis.

    The schedule for this year will run from Tuesday, June 13th through Thursday, July 13th on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

    The hours will go from 9 to 11AM at Penn Park and Farquhar Park in York City as well as 20 other locations.

    To sign up, please go to and register there.

    Further questions? Contact Tim Law at 717-781-4078

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