Kinsley Construction foreman Nick Mavros mixes mortar Thursday at the newly installed playground at York Academy Regional Charter School. The playground at
Kinsley Construction foreman Nick Mavros mixes mortar Thursday at the newly installed playground at York Academy Regional Charter School. The playground at North Beaver and West North streets in York City will open to the public during non-school hours. (Bill Kalina photo)

There will soon be a new place to play.

Construction is almost finished on a new park and playground at York Academy Regional Charter School.

The park, which will be open to the public during non-school hours, is part of the Two Schools and a Creek project spearheaded by Foundry Plaza Inc.

On the corner of North Beaver and West North streets in York City, the York Academy project includes a play space, outdoor classrooms and public art in the design of a school playground, according to Genevieve Ray, who is working on the project as a consultant to Foundry Plaza.

"The project is 75 percent complete," she said.

What's next: With the York Academy site near completion, the group is getting started on the other project in the Two Schools and a Creek plan.

Fundraising is beginning for a public park and playspace adjacent to Logos Academy.

The second park will focus on a natural-play area, using logs, climbing rocks and a series of earth mounds, Ray said.

Planned for a small strip of York Redevelopment Authority land from West King to West Princess streets along the Codorus Creek, the site will also feature some traditional playground structures, she said.

The projects have been partially funded by a $15,000 grant from the York Cultural Alliance.

The hydrobikes: Foundry Plaza, a nonprofit that promotes the city's waterway, is also gearing up for the second season of hydrobikes at Foundry Park.

As part of as special event for Mother's Day on Sunday, May 12, the public can begin renting the bikes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.. The bikes were purchased by Foundry Plaza and operated by the York YMCA.

Hydrobikes can be peddled on the Codorus at a rate of $5 per 15-minute session or $10 per 30-minute session.

"After 15 minutes, you'll wish you've gone to the gym more often," Ray said.

Rentals will be available regularly starting in June from 5 to 8 p.m. on all First Fridays; from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays in June through August; from noon to 4 p.m. on all Sundays in June through August; and during select weekends in September.

Foundry Plaza will also host a Corporate Challenge on Friday, June 7.

The nonprofit is asking local businesses to create teams of three to compete on the hydrobikes.

"I always say they're competing for prizes and glory," Ray said.

For more information, contact Ray at 848-3320.

-- Candy Woodall can also be reached at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.