York’s park and recreation facilities saw record high usage this year

YORK – York Parks and Recreation Director Cheree Folts had exciting news for the city council and administration this week, as she made her annual report – facilities saw record-breaking usage this year.

Folts said she knew the parks and recreation department was extremely busy this year, but these numbers fully substantiate that fact.

The community center doubled its member check-ins. In 2021-22, there were 14,969 check-ins, which was impressive. However, in the 2022-23 fiscal year, the number of check-ins jumped to 31,993. And that doesn’t include birthday parties or daycare check-ins that took place.

The newly remodeled/renovated community center had 1,384 rentals; 6,004 memberships; 23 adult programs with 10,968 adult participants; 76 youth programs with 11,193 youth participants. Folts also noted the Fun City indoor play structure was also added. Folts said the adult and youth program participation increased by 6,168 over the 2021-22 fiscal year.

There were 690 rentals at the city auditorium over the course of the last fiscal year.

When it comes to the ballpark complex, there were five more tournaments than were held in the prior fiscal year and 11,973 more items were sold at the complex than the year before. Statistics for the complex included: 36 teams in league play; 201 batting cage usages; 954 practices; 298 games; 16 tournaments with 522 teams using 183 fields and playing 1,131 games. There were 112 camper space rentals and 58,962 concession items were sold.

Regarding the family aquatic center, the attendance for the year came in at 16,392 people. There were 9,118 member check-ins; 463 memberships were sold; and 7,274 non-members came to the pool. During the season, 15,657 concession items were sold.

The splash pad was added at Harrison Park and the Peyton Parker Lane playground opened at Mincks Park. There were also 108 picnic shelter reservations in the city’s parks.

Folts also noted staff was hired for the Anna Bemis Palmer Archives and Classroom and the first exhibit, “America At War” opened on Oct. 28.

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