Youth Programs & Family Activities

Contact

York City Recreation & Parks Bureau
LaQuinn Thompson
Recreation Program Specialist

Email:  lthompson@yorkcity.org
Direct Line: 717-849-2276
Main Office:  717-854-1587

Office Location:
101 South George Street
York, PA 17401

Mailing Address:
101 South George Street York, PA 17401

Mission

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.

Policies

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.

2024 SCHEDULED PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES

  • Summer Park Program

    Registration is CLOSED.  We are at capacity.

    Thank you York City for your support!

    2024 Summer Park Program

    Park Program Flyer – CLICK TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD / PRINT & SAVE

    Parent Instructions – CLICK TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD / PRINT & SAVE

    Registration Form – CLICK TO COMPLETE THE FILLABLE DOCUMENT.  DOWNLOAD AND PRINT.  BRING THIS FORM WITH YOU TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD(REN).  HARD COPIES ARE AVAILABLE ONSITE.

    (Note:  Additional forms for completion will be given upon registering.)

    SUMMER CAMP DATES:  JUNE 17 – JULY 25, 2024 | 9 AM – 4:00 PM | MON.-THURS.

    PARK LOCATIONS: 

    • Allen (Tremont & Wallace Streets)
    • Arles Park (King & Pattison Streets)
    • Bantz (Salem Avenue)
    • Farquhar Park (Newberry St. & Roosevelt Avenue)
    • Memorial Park Complex (940 Vander Avenue)

    REGISTRATION FEES:

    The fee includes all field trips, transportation, t-shirt, and meals for the six-week program.

    Payment Methods:  Check OR Money Order (MADE PAYABLE TO:  CITY OF YORK) (CASH IS NOT ACCEPTED)

    City Resident – $100.00            Non-City Resident – $150.00

    NUMBER OF PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS PER PARK:  LIMIT THIRTY (30) YOUTH PER PARK.

    REGISTRATION CLOSES ON MAY 31, 2024. Registration may end sooner for a park location that has reached the limit of 30 youth per park.

    • Registration is FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. Park locations fill quickly.  Call 717-854-1587 for space availability.
    • REGISTRATION DATES:
      • Monday through Thursday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
      • Fridays, 3:00 to 7:00 pm
      • WHERE DO I REGISTER: York City Parks & Recreation Office, City Hall Lobby, 101 South George Street, York.
  • Easter Egg Hunt
    Easter Egg Hunt
    Saturday, March 30, 2024
    12:00 to 3:00 pm
    Location:  Kiwanis Lake
    Click HERE to view the event flyer.

    THE 49TH ANNUAL YORK CITY EASTER EGG HUNT AT KIWANIS LAKE

    The City of York Parks & Recreation Bureau will be hosting the 49th Annual Easter Egg Hunt. The community is invited to attend. The event will take place rain-or-shine on Saturday, March 30, 2024, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Kiwanis Lake in the City of York.

    The egg hunt is for children 1-13 years of age. There will also be a Kid Zone by Atomic Bounce, a bike raffle, and music by DJ Cashmere.

    The event is sponsored by Inch & Co., ES3, and Etzweiler Funeral Homes.

    CONTACT:  Parks & Recreation Bureau, 717-854-1587

  • 25th Annual Kids Hooked on Fishing Derby
    25th Annual Kids Hooked on Fishing Derby
    Saturday, April 6, 2024
    8:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Location:  Kiwanis Lake
    Ages 15 & Under (accompanied by an adult)
    RAIN OR SHINE EVENT

    York City Parks & Recreation wishes to remind residents and visitors to the City that the 25th Annual William Shaffer Trout Fishing Derby will be held at Kiwanis Lake on Saturday, April 6, 2024.  The Derby is for children ages 15 and under.  All children should be accompanied by an adult.

    The Derby is a fun, free family event. It begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. and will end at 12 noon, rain or shine. Come early to find your spot around the lake, which will be stocked with trout.

    William Shaffer was a private citizen from York County who wanted to teach City youth a recreational hobby that they could carry throughout their lifetime.  His efforts evolved into the current annual Trout Fishing Derby.

    This event is sponsored by York City Recreation and Parks Bureau and the Izaak Walton League York Chapter.

    CONTACT:  Tom Landis, Parks & Recreation Superintendent, tlandis@yorkcity.org
  • Summer Concert Series
    Summer Concert Series

    Every Thursday in June

    7:00 – 8:30 PM

    Cherry Lane Park (Downtown York City)

    FREE Event!

    6/6/24 – Sabrina Duke Trio / Brandon Groff-Wood “Singer of Soul”

    6/13/24 – All Purpose Band Featuring Rose Hudson / Al Reid Jr. and Unfinished Business

     

    CLICK HERE to view/download flyer – 6/6/24

    CLICK HERE to view/download flyer – 6/13/24

     

     

  • Juneteenth Celebration
    Juneteenth Family Cookout 2.4

    Sponsored by: 

    • Highmark Wholecare
    • City of York
    • Parks & Recreation Bureau
    • WellSpan Health
    • The YMCA
    • The NAACP
    Saturday, June 15, 2024
    1:00 to 5:00 pm
    Location:  Penn Park
    Family Fun Event!
    RAIN OR SHINE EVENT

    CLICK to view/download FLYER

    Food and Merchandise Vendors Wanted!

    Click the links below to submit an application:

    FOOD VENDOR APPLICATION 

    MERCHANDISE VENDOR APPLICATION

  • Voni B. Grimes Gym | Yorktown Community Center
    • Parks & Recreation programming updates pending.
  • Memorial Park Batting Cages
  • YOUTH PROGRAM SPONSORSHIP

    City of York Parks & Recreation Bureau

    2024 Sponsorship Proposal for Youth Activities & Special Events

    YOUR SPONSORSHIP MATTERS! IT’S A WIN-WIN…

    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.

    YOUR SPONSORSHIP MATTERS!

    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.

    SUPPORT ACTIVITIES YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT!

    CONTACT:

    Parks and Recreation Bureau

    101 S. George St., York, PA 17401

    Office: (717) 854-1587

     

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