Community Events

YPR Community/Family Events

StoryWalk®

Join York Parks and Recreation and Kilgore Memorial Library’s StoryWalk®. Families and individuals can now read and exercise at the same time! Look for different children’s books to be displayed along the Beaver Creek Trail throughout the year. Each page throughout the trail will have fun activities to incorporate into your walk. StoryWalk® will begin at the entrance of Beaver Creek Trail on Blackburn Avenue. Whoever said exercising can’t be fun and educational hasn’t been on our StoryWalk®!

*NEW* Grandparents Day

Looking for something to fill your spring break? Join us for a morning of learning, playing, and laughing with the wonderful group at York Senior Center. Want to bring along your own grandparent? Absolutely! We will learn the basics of cards, knitting, baking, etc.

When: Thursday, March 12

Time: 9:00-11:00 am

Who: K-5th Grade

Where: York Area Senior Center

Fee: $5

Registration Deadline: March 5

Online Registration

Youth Involvement Fair

This is a one-stop-shop of all activities for the youth in our community and surrounding areas. Parents can sign their kids up with over 30 organizations in one place on one night. You don’t want to miss this night and the convenience it provides!

When: Thursday, March 19

Time: 5:00-7:00 pm

Who: Everyone

Where: City Auditorium

Fee: FREE

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Community Center Time Capsule Opening

Kick off summer with the opening of the Greater York Area Centennial 1870-1970 Time Capsule. This is a once-every-50-years event, so you won’t want to miss it!

When: Saturday, May 2

Time: 11:00 am

Where: Community Center

Tie-Dye Tuesday

Make your favorite tie-dye clothing with YPR! Bring a white piece of clothing, and we’ll tie-dye it into a beautiful piece of wearable artwork.

When: Tuesday, May 5

Time: 5:00-6:00 pm, come & go as you tie-dye

Who: Everyone

Where: Community Center

Fee: $5.00

Registration Deadline: Thursday, April 30

Must bring own piece of white clothing to tie-dye

Online Registration

Central Nebraska Youth Track and Field Meet

This meet will be available at no cost for boys and girls ages 8-13 years old as of December 31, 2020. The local meet will be at the York High School Track on May 15, starting at 4:00 pm with an athlete check in at 3:30 pm. Athletes have the choice of competing in two field events and one running event or two running events and one field event; relays do not count towards a running event. First – Fourth place in each event will be invited to the Central Nebraska Youth Track and Field Championship Meet in Grand Island on June 13. Also, we will be offering 50, 100, 200, 400 meter runs and 4x100 meter relay options in preparation for the Special Olympics. Special Olympic athletes must be at least 8 years old. Registration forms for the track meet can be found at the Community Center or online at www.cityofyork.net.

When: Friday, May 15

Time: 4:00 pm, check in at 3:30 pm

Who: 8-13 Year Olds

Where: York High School Track

Fee: FREE

Registration Deadline: Sunday, May 10

REGISTRATION COMING SOON

Truck Garden

A community garden on wheels! YPR is offering the opportunity for the community to have a community garden on wheels. Anytime you see the truck around town, make sure you stop by, pull a weed, and see what veggies are growing!

Opening Day: Family Aquatic Center’s Birthday Party!

The Family Aquatic Center is turning 15 years old this year, so let’s celebrate with a birthday party on opening day! As always, there will be free admission, but there will also be gifts for the first 50 people through the door. Plus, what is a birthday party without cake and cookies?

When: Monday, May 25

Time: 1:00-4:50 pm

Fee: FREE

FAC at the FAC

Sign up for the Fitness Aquatic Challenge at the Family Aquatic Center this summer for a little motivation while you work out during the summer months! This challenge will involve lap swimming and water walking with a few other water exercises thrown in. Finishers will receive a t-shirt.

Thrifty Thursdays (May 28–July 30)

The FAC will stay open an extra hour until 9:00 pm every Thursday with a special half price admission discount from 5:00-9:00 pm. Come and enjoy the pool on these special nights!

Floaty Fridays (May 29–August 7)

Patrons will be able to use floaties every Friday at the FAC. The FAC will supply a limited amount of inner-tubes, so feel free to bring your own! In cases where the pool is heavily populated, floaties may have to be removed from the water for safety reasons.

Trail Trotters

Do you love to get out and walk while socializing with people in the community or love to walk but hate walking alone? Come and walk the trails throughout the summer and meet new people in the community!

When: Mondays-Fridays in June & July

Time: 7:30 am

Who: Everyone

Where: Beaver Creek Trails – Blackburn Entrance

Fee: FREE

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Midnight Swim

Come to the Family Aquatic Center for a midnight swim! Swim under the stars, play water games in the dark, and enjoy the perfect summer night.

When: Friday, June 12

Time: 10:00 pm-12:00 am

Who: Everyone

Where: Family Aquatic Center

Fee: FAC Admission

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Soaring High

Take advantage of the windy Nebraska weather by flying a kite! Mincks Park is a perfect place to let the kites soar into the wind. YPR will have kites on hand to paint the sky with color.

When: Monday, June 15

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm

Who: Everyone

Where: Mincks Park

Fee: FREE

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Art in the Park

Let your creative mind paint! Come enjoy an art class in the park taught by Angie Schroetlin while she walks you through your painting step-by-step. Everything will be provided, so all you have to do is show up!

When: Saturday, June 20

Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Who: Everyone

Where: East Hill Park

Fee: $5.00

Online Registration

Father’s Day Special

What a great way to spend time with Dad on his special day at the Family Aquatic Center. Dad will get in FREE with a child!

When: Sunday, June 21

Time: 1:00-4:50 pm

FAC Family Fun Night

This night will be full of activities, relays, contests, and games. Make sure you bring your entire family!

When: Thursday, June 25

Time: 6:30-8:00 pm
Who: Everyone

Where: Family Aquatic Center

Fee: Half-Price Daily Fee or Season Pass

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Soaring High

Take advantage of the windy Nebraska weather by flying a kite! Mincks Park is a perfect place to let the kites soar into the wind. YPR will have kites on hand to paint the sky with color.

When: Monday, July 13

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm

Who: Everyone

Where: Mincks Park

Fee: FREE

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Beach Party

The YPR Department can’t take you on a trip to the beach, but we will bring the beach to you! We will be playing water limbo, having a water balloon fight, running through sprinklers, and more. Bring your own towels; there is fun to be had by all!

When: Friday, July 17

Time: 1:00-5:00 pm

Who: Everyone

Where: Family Aquatic Center

Fee: FAC Admission

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Transportation Exploration

Imagine yourself as a young child seeing all the big equipment around town and your desire to touch, climb, drive, and even honk the horn. Wait no more, Transportation Exploration allows just that! Touch, climb, sit, and honk the horns of big machinery. This event will have local businesses’ equipment on site to fulfill all childhood dreams! PLUS… this year there will be a hot air balloon – make sure you get a ride!

When: Saturday, July 18

Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Who: Everyone

Where: Holthus Convention Center

Fee: FREE

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides

Enjoy free tether hot air balloon rides while you are at Transportation Exploration! This is brought to you by TECVision Balloon Rides.

When: Saturday, July 18

Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Where: Holthus Convention Center

Fee: FREE (Extra Cost for Non-Tethered Rides)

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Downtown Picnic

Are you out and about celebrating York and need some lunch? Head to the City Auditorium to have a picnic with the rest of the town and be downtown for the water balloon fight. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, watermelon, and water for $5.00. How can you beat a deal like that?

When: Saturday, July 18

Time: 11:30 am-1:30 pm

Where: City Auditorium

Fee: $5/Meal

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Water Balloon Fight

Grab your family and friends for the biggest water balloon fight you’ve ever seen. This is one event you don’t want to be late to!    

When: Saturday, July 18

Time: 2:00 pm

Who: Everyone

Where: Downtown York

Fee: FREE

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Dive-In Movie

YPR will be showing a movie on a projector screen at the Family Aquatic Center. Float in the pool as you watch a classic movie and enjoy popcorn!

When: Saturday, July 18

Time: 9:00 pm

Who: Everyone

Where: Family Aquatic Center

Fee: FREE

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Kooky Carnival

Come out to the Family Aquatic Center to enjoy carnival food, lots of fun carnival games, and competitions. Score points to get tickets, then cash your tickets in for prizes! Don’t miss out on this awesome family event.

When: Thursday, July 23

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm

Who: Everyone

Where: Family Aquatic Center

Fee: Half-Price Daily Fee or Season Pass

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Midnight Swim

Come to the Family Aquatic Center for a midnight swim! Swim under the stars, play water games in the dark, and enjoy the perfect summer night.

When: Friday, July 31

Time: 10:00 pm-12:00 am

Who: Everyone

Where: Family Aquatic Center

Fee: FAC Admission

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Soggie Doggie Day

Let your dog have a chance to enjoy the FAC like you did all summer! This day will be reserved just for your four-legged friends. Your dog will get to enjoy swimming in the pool before it is drained for the summer.

When: Sunday, August 30

Time: 4:30-6:00 pm

Fee: $5.00/Dog

*Open to all dogs that can swim and are compatible with other dogs. Dogs must be leashed when not in the water. All dogs must have current vaccinations. Warning: FAC has slotted gutter grates that may be hazardous to dog’s feet when exiting pool. Dogs should exit from the zero-depth area. People are not allowed to swim; they can be in the water only to attend to their dog.

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Bike at Night

Enjoy the well-lit trails of York at night this year as a part of Yorkfest! This event will start at the Blackburn Avenue entrance and go all the way through to Harrison Park. Stop along the way at stations put on by different organizations from around the community. This is a great way to get the family out and see the community in a different light. Come and go at any time!

When: Saturday, September 12

Time: 7:30-9:00 pm

Who: Everyone

Where: Beaver Creek Trails – Blackburn Entrance

Fee: FREE

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED


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