York County Parks modifies operations as county transitions to yellow phase of reopening

York County Parks and Recreation will be opening certain amenities on Friday, May 22, the first day of York County being classified in the yellow phase of the state’s reopening plan.
The off-leash dog area at Canine Meadows will open Friday. Fountains, however, will be closed, so users should bring water for their dogs.
Restrooms are open at the following locations:

  • John Rudy Park – Pines 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 will be available for rental, but only for groups of 25 or less people. To reserve a pavilion, call the Parks office at 717-840-7440, extension 2. Online reservations are disabled until June 1. Park Rangers will disperse groups of more than 25 people. Picnic tables are available throughout the parks.
Nixon Park Nature Center will re-open with limited hours. Sections of the building like the hands-on touch room will stay closed. Programs are on hold indefinitely. Call 717-428-1961 for hours of operation.
Lake Redman boat rentals are closed indefinitely. All playgrounds and soccer and softball fields remain closed. The nature play areas at Rocky Ridge and Nixon parks also remain closed.
The Parks Administrative Building remains closed to the public. Parks staff is available to the public by calling 717-840-7440 or emailing parks@yorkcountypa.gov. Park visitors who enter the Administrative building must wear a mask at all times.
Media contact: Mark Walters, 717-779-6508