Play in York

Play is important for health!

Play is an important activity that should take place every day, at every stage of life. It is not only important to one's physical health, but his or her mental health as well! Play simultaniously relaxes and stimulates the mind, which makes it a healthy, yet fun, activity that all ages can enjoy.

In addition, play also...
  1. ​​​reduces stress
  2. ​stimulates creativity and imagination
  3. improves physical endurance, balance, coordination and agility
  4. develops self-confidence
  5. improves social skills
Check out how you and your family members can have more play time in York by reading  the options below or reviewing the map of events.​



Play Streets  ​

York was chosen as one of ten cities within the nation to receive funding from the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA). Thanks to PHA, York hosted four Play Streets events within York city during the summer of 2013. Please see our Play Streets page under the drop down tab for more information!


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York has been chosen by Kaboom as a Playful City for 6 consecutive years!



​​Get Outdoors (GO) York!  ​

Go and Dig it Up! is the sixth annual installment of a summer-long physical activity initiative promoted by the Get Outdoors York (GO York) Task Force of the Healthy York County Coalition, and conducted in partnership with York County Libraries and their summer reading program.  This free program encourages kids and their parents to get outdoors and be physically active by engaging in an adaptation of letterboxing, a hobby in which participants must follow written clues to locate hidden items.  Thirty observation points have been hidden in various parks and along trails within York county.  Participants follow the clues listed in the "Gardener's Journal" (Program Guide), available at any York County Library. This summer, Go and Dig it Up! aims at teaching parents and their children the benefits of eating local fruits and vegetables, and provides families with simple recipes!


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​​BOP, a volunteer committee that supports York City's Recreation and Park Department has the mission to renovate one city playground per year with the community's support to design, fundraise and build. Through BOP's programs, events and new play spaces, active lifestyles and family interaction are encouraged and promoted.



Let's Move City 

Initiated by First Lady, Michelle Obama in 2011, Let's Move is a nationwide campaign to fight childhood obesity and raise healthier children across America.  In 2012, Mayor Kim Bracey implemented York's Let's Move York City Initiative​ to get more city residents moving on a daily basis.
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