Parks & Recreation

York County Department of Parks & Recreation

6/16/20 - Update from York County Parks


York County Parks and Recreation has opened additional amenities on Friday, June 12, the first day of York County is in the green phase of the state’s reopening plan.

The off-leash dog area at Canine Meadows is open. Fountains, however, are closed, so users should bring water for their dogs.

Restrooms are open at the following locations:

• John Rudy Park – Pines Picnic Area & Songbird Picnic Area
• Rocky Ridge Park – Hidden Laurel and Oak Timbers
• William H. Kain Park – Lake Redman and Lake Williams activity areas
• Heritage Rail Trail – New Freedom Train Station

All portable restrooms throughout the park system have been available for use. Additional cleaning protocols are in place. Users must practice social distancing and wear masks in the restrooms.

Pavilions are available for rental to the capacity of the pavilion.  To reserve a pavilion, you can do it online or call the Parks office at 717-840-7440, extension 2.  Picnic tables are available throughout the parks.  

Nixon Park Nature Center resumes normal hours on Wednesday, June 17.  Masks are required. Most programs are on hold indefinitely.  Nature Play Area is open.  

Lake Redman boat rental is closed for 2020. All playgrounds and soccer and softball fields are open. The nature play area at Rocky Ridge is open.  

The Parks Administrative Building is open to the public. Park visitors who enter the Administrative building must wear a mask at all times.  Parks staff is available to the public by calling 717-840-7440 or emailing 

Please be patient with us as we continue our response to this pandemic while simultaneously serving York County residents. Public safety remains this administration’s priority.



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The York County Planning Commissions  History of the Parks' last 50 years!

Another look at the  History of the York County Parks!

"The 2018 recipient of our Community Award"


Parks Director: Michael Fobes 

Welcome to the York County Department of Parks & Recreation. The department’s mission is to enhance the quality of community life and act as a steward for the environment. In this capacity, the department acquires, conserves and manages park lands and offers a variety of recreational and educational opportunities.

Online Pavilion Rental System


The department is broken down into four general divisions. The Environmental Education & Outreach Division is perhaps the most readily visible to those who take advantage of the wonderful services and programming offered by the department.

The work of two divisions - the Natural Resource Management & Buildings and Grounds Divisions – focus on overall management of the park system. The Natural Resources Division strives to maintain and improve the ecological environment of the parks. Among its duties, it monitors animal and plant habitats, and works to control invasive species and help with reforestation.

The Buildings and Grounds Division ensures that park facilities are well-maintained and ready for your next visit to the Parks. They are responsible for the maintenance of 29 pavilions, 37 parking lots, 21 sports fields/playgrounds and more than 400 picnic tables scattered throughout 4,300 acres of parkland.

Last, but not least, is the Public Safety Division made up of park rangers. They are responsible for ensuring the safety of all visitors to the parks by enforcing Park regulations. The Rangers are assisted by Park Ambassadors, a group of volunteers that serves as an extra set of eyes and ears for the Rangers.

We welcome you to explore this site to learn more about the services and opportunities available through the York County Parks.


Administrative Headquarters

(Located in John Rudy County Park)
400 Mundis Race Road York, PA 17406-9721
Phone: 717-840-7440 | Fax: 717-840-7403
Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Holidays.

Closed daily from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Nixon Park Nature Center
5922 Nixon Drive, York  PA  17403
Phone: 717-428-1961
Hours:  Tuesday through Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
            Sunday 12 to 4:30 p.m.
CLOSED on Mondays and Holidays