York is a Playful City!

Maxwell Morris, then  6, of Manchester Township climbs the rock wall during the  Plaza Palooza organized by Bring On Play in 2012 at Sovereign Bank Stadium in York. (Daily Record/Sunday News -- Paul Kuehnel)

Maxwell Morris, then 6, of Manchester Township climbs the rock wall during the Plaza Palooza organized by Bring On Play in 2012 at Sovereign Bank Stadium in York. (Daily Record/Sunday News — Paul Kuehnel)

Since 2008, York has been recognized as a Playful City USA, a national recognition program honoring cities and towns that invest in children through play. Bring On Play in partnership with York and many local organizations and sponsors will host three events that are sure to increase play opportunities for kids and “big kids” — otherwise known as adults — within our community.

Plaza Palooza: 10 a.m. to 3p.m. Sept. 21 at Sovereign Bank Stadium
Plaza Palooza is an affordable, family friendly event with games, crafts, music, inflatable play equipment, ice skating on a synthetic rink, live entertainment and other interactive activities for families with children ages 12 and younger. It costs $5 per person. Free parking is available in the Queen Street parking lot. Rain date: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2.

Yorktown Park Renovation: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 27 at 1059 Kelly Drive
Kaboom!, ES3, BOP and community members will build a new playground at Yorktown Park. BOP is seeking volunteers over the age of 18 to help with this one day project. Along with builders, a first aid/CPR volunteer is needed to man a first aid booth from 8 a.m. to noon. If you are able to help with this fun, community-driven event, please contact Joe Stein: jstein550@comcast.net.

BOPstacle III, the Evolution of Play: 10 a.m. Oct. 12, Downtown York
Are you “big kids” ready for another day of running rampant throughout the City of York? BOPstacle is back this year and better than ever! The race will start at York YMCA, 90 N. Newberry St. and will progress throughout the Downtown York. So grab some coworkers, neighbors or family members, and pick a great team name! Send your team registration and check for $80 to the City of York. Register by Sept. 20.

Are you interested in helping York become even more playful? Join the BOP team! For details, contact me at cstrathmeyer@yorkcoymca.org or 717-843-7884 x269.

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