Parks & Recreation

York County Department of Parks & Recreation


3/28/20: An update from York County Parks: 

York County Parks’ grounds will remain open during the governor’s Stay at Home Order, which lasts until April 6. While gates will be open, our facilities such as restrooms, Canine Meadows, Nixon Park Nature Center and playgrounds will remain closed during this time. We ask that park users enjoy our spaces cautiously and practice safe distances of at least six feet and do not congregate in large groups of more than 10 people. If large gatherings persist, we will have to close the gates. If a parking area is busy, consider another area. The Parks administrative building at Rudy Park remains closed to walk-ins, but our staff is available for your calls and emails during normal business hours.

As York County’s response to COVID-19 evolves, so do our operations. We do not want to encourage large gatherings, but we understand the public’s desire to use our parks, particularly as the weather clears up. While we essentially cannot close large open spaces, we appreciate the public’s use of these areas with respect to social distancing. Our goal is to align this modification with that of the state parks. And always remember to carry out whatever you carry in!

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.


For a list Modified Operations in York County due to COVID-19, including Parks and Recreation, please CLICK HERE 

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2019 movie iconClick on the videos listed below to learn more about the York County Parks!

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