York County Department of Parks and Recreation, John C. Rudy Park
York County Department of Parks and Recreation
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John C. Rudy County Park is located in East Manchester Township, near Emigsville. Totalling 150 acres, it features pavilions, sports fields, horseshoe pits, volleyball courts, open recreational space, a cross-country running trail, a BMX track and the popular Canine Meadows Off-Leash Dog Area. It is also home to the Parks Administrative Offices, located in a 1798 stone house, the maintenance headquarters, Penn State Master Gardener Trial Gardens, and numerous other buildings. The land was donated in 1973 by George B. Rudy and Viola Rudy Williams in memory of their grandparents, John and Mary Rudy.
•Softball and Soccer Fields - Three regulation softball
fields and five regulation soccer fields can be reserved
for a fee. Fields are closed during "wet conditions". Call
the Park's Headquarters, for up-to-date field conditions or visit the Park’s Facebook or Twitter pages.
•Canine Meadows Off-Leash Dog Area Three
large fenced in areas where dogs can run off leash. Open
every day. Review regulations posted at site.
•Horseshoe Pits - Horseshoe pits are located near the
•Sand Volleyball Courts - Three sand volleyball
courts are located in the park.
•5K Cross Country Course - The 5 kilometer (3.1
mile) grass course covers nearly every park corner.
•Playgrounds - Four ADA playgrounds
•Multi-purpose Trails - A 1+ mile paved trail is open
to biking, hiking, jogging, and rollerblading. Trail is
stroller and wheelchair accessible. Horses are not allowed
on the trail or within the park.
•Picnic Tables - Picnic tables are located in the shade
of large trees, perfect for quiet picnics.
•Pavilion and Gazebo Rental - 11 ADA Pavilions
and one gazebo may be rented for a fee. Pavilion capacity
ranges from 75 - 200 persons. Ensure availability by
making reservations in advance by calling the Administrative
Headquarters or reserving online on our Pavilion rental portion of the website. Fees are non-refundable.
•Winter Sports - Sledding and cross-country skiing.
•Life Trail Exercise Stations– Ten outdoor Wellness
Stations provide well-rounded fitness programs for active adults.
•Bumps & Berms BMX Club - This group sponsors
bicycle racing on their special dirt track. The track can
only be used during ABA sanctioned events.
•York County Astronomical Society - This group operates the observatory in the park. Visit their website at: http://www.astroyork.com/
Open to anyone.
Fees or Charges
Hours of Operation
•Park Office: Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm; Closed 12:30pm-1:00pm. •Parks: Dawn to Dusk