Spring Valley Animal Activity Area

Animal Activity Area:

Two horse show rings and one practice ring can be rented for a nominal fee or each one can be rented separately. All three rings are locked except on the day of rental. Numerous equestrian shows are held during the spring and summer. A schedule of events and a price listing sheet can be obtained from the Parks Office. The trails and roadways within the park offer over 12 miles of riding area and is suitable for everything from English and Western pleasure to barrel racing, pole bending and jumping.


Animal Activity Area Usage Packet (CLICK HERE)

50th Anniversary Celebration

2018 marks the 50th year of the York County Park System!


 Visit www.supportyourparks.org to make a donation online or to purchase your tickets for the

October 18, 2018 Celebration Party! 



Visit our Story Map for the history of the Parks' last 50 years!


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The following are financially supporting our 50th Anniversary:


The York Water Company                                                            www.yorkwater.com
AAA Southern Pennsylvania                                                          www.southpa.aaa.com
PeoplesBank, A Codorus Valley Company                                   www.peoplesbanknet.com
York County Community Foundation Codorus                            www.yccf.org
Watershed Endowment
Penn Waste Inc.                                                                                www.pennwaste.com
York Traditions Bank                                                                     www.yorktraditionsbank.com
M&T Bank                                                                                             www.mtb.com
The M&T Charitable Foundation                                                      www.mtb.com
WellSpan Health                                                                             www.wellspan.org
Aquatic Resources Restoration Co.                                               www.arrc1.com
C.S. Davidson                                                                                  www.csdavidson.com 
CPR-Now, The First Response Team                                                 www.cprnow.org
Keystruct Construction, Inc.                                                               www.keystruct.com
Law Office-Amanda Snoke Dubbs                                               www.snokebusinesslaw.com
Patton Veterinary Hospital & Cat Hospital                                      www.pattonvethospital.com
York College, Recreation & Leisure Administration Program       www.ycp.edu/ 
The Graham Group                                                                             www.thegrahamgroup.com
York County Community Foundation Davidson Family Fund       www.yccf.org
Yohe Paving, Inc.                                                                                www.yohepaving.com
Fulton Bank                                                                                       www.fultonbank.com
Glatfelter Insurance Group                                                                www.glatfelters.com
Jacbous Lioness Club


Interested in supporting the York County Parks through our sponsorship levels? 

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The York County Parks Department plans to celebrate the year by offering special events. Visit our Events Page and Event Calendar for complete listing of events.  50th Anniversary events will be added below:

October 18, Thursday: York County Parks' 50th Anniversary Celebration Party from 5pm to 9pm at the Wyndham Garden York.  Join us for an evening of celebration! Enjoy a catered meal, silent auction and more. Your attendance will help the York County Parks fundraise for a new outdoor classroom in Nixon Park and other projects. Richard Louv, journalist and author or nine books including international bestseller, "Last Child in the Woods" will be speaking at the event. Visit www.SupportYourParks.org for tickets and event information. Tickets are $50 per person. You can purchase tickets at the Administrative Headquarters at John Rudy and pay in cash, check or charge.  Service fee applies for credit card purchases.  Call 717-840-7440 for more information. 

Annual Reports

The York County Department of Parks & Recreation produces Annual Reports that highlight the department's accomplishments each year. Please select from the links below:

2018 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report

2012 Annual Report

2011 Annual Report

2010 Annual Report

2009 Annual Report

Pavilion Rentals

If you are looking for a natural space to enjoy a family gathering or company picnic, consider reserving a pavilion with the York County Department of Parks and Recreation!

The Department offers 29 pavilions available as rentals throughout the park system. Prices vary from $35 (weekdays) to $65 to $75 (weekends and holidays) depending on capacity, which ranges from 75 to 200 persons. 

Picnic pavilions are available from 8 a.m. to dusk, except Christmas Day and New Year's Day.  Reservations may be made up to one year in advance.  Unreserved pavilions are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Amenities include charcoal grills, 110-volt electrical outlets, trails, ball fields, playgrounds, sand volleyball courts and horseshoes pits. Remember to provide your own equipment. Miscellaneous facilities available for rent include: Gazebos (Rudy or Kain), a stage at Kain, open space fields and sports fields. Pavilions and restrooms are ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible.

Please bring trash bags with you. Dumpsters are located nearby for disposal. Parking at pavilions is strictly prohibited - only unloading and loading of vehicles is permitted.

Parks members get a $15 discount. Become a member! 


Online Pavilion Rental System


 Full Time Positions

Naturalist II

York County is seeking an enthusiastic naturalist to work at Nixon County Park Nature Center.  Applicant will join the education team in teaching natural history programs to schools, developing museum displays, and public interpretive programs.  Naturalists also work in ten other county parks, and assist in large nature and recreation events including “Christmas Magic: A Festival of Lights”.  The naturalist will assist in day to day operations of the nature center and work closely with park volunteers. Position is full-time with benefits and includes some weekends and evenings. Salary $39,195.  Applications due by May 24 at 4:30 p.m..

For more information view the job description here.

To apply: Email completed 1. County of York Application, 2. Cover Letter, 3. Resume, and 4. Professional References to Kelsey Frey, Manager of Education and Outreach, at kafrey@yorkcountypa.gov.  


Seasonal Positions

County of York job application

(A seasonal position is employed for less than one year)

Maintenance Employee

This position is hired to help assist the maintenance workers in their daily jobs. This job consists of any of the following: cutting grass, trimming, painting, repairing, trail upkeep, fence installation, cleaning and general maintenance.

Assistant Manager of Natural Resources

Works with the Manager of Natural Resources to accomplish the following: Oversee all aspects of the Lake Redman Boat Rental, painting various gates or signs as needed, responsible for keeping all park bulletin boards up-to-date, Invasive plant control throughout the park system, boundary inspections as needed, perform various trail maintenance projects throughout the park system, gather park attendance numbers through the use of vehicle counters, oversee various volunteer groups to plant trees, litter pickup, painting and other projects.  Must be 16 years old or older and possess a valid PA driver’s license

Boat Attendant

A person qualified for this job must be able to: work well with the public, assist boat renters into and out of boats, work with minimal supervision, and run a cash register. This position requires the applicant to be 16 years of age or older, and able to work weekends.

Seasonal Ranger

This position involves extensive public relations. Foot patrol will be performed especially within areas heavily visited by the public. Several duties that may be performed include: checking pavilions, collecting pavilion rental surveys, serving the public, and being available to answer question.

Seasonal Environmental Educator       

Nixon Park Seasonal Environmental Educator Job Description

This position is responsible for developing and implementing age appropriate lesson plans that include crafts, activities, hikes, canoe trips, snacks, songs, and more for 10 week-long summer programs for kids ages 3-16.  Other duties include assisting with public programs, staffing the nature center, and volunteer related operations.  This position requires first aid, CPR and AED certifications as well as some college education.  Interested applicants please send cover letter, resume and County of York application to Nixon Park or  atwolfgang@yorkcountypa.gov . References will be asked for after interviews. We are accepting applications currently (December 2018 and January 2019) and the deadline to apply is January 31, 2019.