June 2020

June 26, 2020 - Summer Camp Programs Cancelled; Customer Service Portal Credit Card Payments; Libraries Reopening July 7

Parks & Recreation Summer Camp Programs Cancelled

  • It is with great disappointment that we announce the cancellation of the Summer Fun Camp, Special Recreation Camp, Field Trip Fever, and Safety Town programs scheduled this summer. The staff has been hard at work adapting these programs to the ongoing pandemic limitations and had hoped Virginia’s Phase 3 would accommodate them. On Tuesday, Governor Northam announced that Phase 3 would begin Wednesday, July 1, and released the necessary guidelines. Unfortunately, the requirements for social distancing, staffing, and other restrictions make it difficult to offer these programs at a level of quality that you and your children expect and deserve. We will be issuing full refunds to all who have registered for these programs. If you would prefer to apply the fees to another Parks and Recreation program rather than receive a refund, please email the office no later than Tuesday, June 30thparksandrec@yorkcounty.gov. To view other programs, please visit our website.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times and we will be working hard on our fall program lineup and hope to see you there! 

Customer Service Request Portal Now Accepting Credit Card Payments for Building Permit Fees

Effective June 22, the County’s Customer Service Request Portal accepts credit card payments for building permit fees. Since May, builders, contractors and citizens have used the newly enhanced portal to schedule building inspections and submit work requests to various County offices. The addition of credit card payments is a tremendous benefit to our area contractors. Visit the site here. 

Libraries Reopening July 7, Replacing Curbside Service

  • York County Public Libraries will reopen Tuesday, July 7. Hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday. The libraries will be closed Sunday and Monday. Certain safety modifications have been made, including modified computer work stations that add distance between users. Upon reopening, the Curbside Service for the pickup of books, DVDs, and other materials will cease. For details, read this week’s press release.

June 19, 2020 - Taxes due June 25; Free Masks Offered to Businesses; Waterfront Amenities Returning

Citizen Reminder: Taxes Are Due June 25

Real Estate and Personal Property tax payments are due by Thursday, June 25. The Treasurer’s Office recommends citizens pay taxes online or utilize the drop-box located on the outside of the Finance Building at 120 Alexander Hamilton Boulevard. Online payments can be made at no cost – including credit cards due to the Board of Supervisors’ waiving credit card transaction fees earlier this year. For more information, visit the website or call (757) 890-3420.

Economic Development Offers Free Cloth Masks to Businesses

A limited supply of cloth masks is available to distribute to local businesses on a first-come, first-served basis. Up to 25 masks are available per business and can be picked up between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. June 23 through June 25 at Fire Station No. 1 (118 Dare Road) and Fire Station No. 3 (114 Hubbard Lane). When picking up masks, please go to the front door of the station, and provide a business card or copy of your current business license. If you have questions, please contact Economic Development at (757) 890-3317 or by email. 

Yorktown Trolley Service Returns Celebrating its 20th Anniversary; Visit Yorktown Programs/Services Resume

The Yorktown Trolley resumed service this week with enhanced safety precautions for passengers including required masks and limited capacity. We’ve also contracted with a company to perform weekly hydrostatic disinfection of all interior surfaces, which keeps the Trolley disinfected for up to one week and eliminates disruption of service for manual cleaning between routes. This is the 20th anniversary of the complimentary service to tourists and our local community! The trolley runs daily through Labor Day. More details are available in the press release.

Waterfront Amenities are now in full swing! 

Piers: Since the re-opening of the piers to boater traffic, 29 vessels have docked at the waterfront. This weekend, the first mega yacht of the season will dock, along with a dozen other boats from the BYC Yacht Club. It’s going to be a full house! We’re very close to having a full marina on July Fourth as well.

Guest Service Programs: Parking attendants continue to monitor the parking garage on the weekend to alert when the levels are full, direct visitors to other parking lots and to remind visitors that the lower level is for patrons of our businesses and restaurants. Waterfront ambassadors are out Friday through Sunday to monitor crowds, report any increases in trash, and to act as roving information centers when it comes to visitor questions about restrooms, restaurants, and attractions. They also encourage social distancing and remind guests of the state’s re-opening guidelines.

Yorktown Market Days: The market returned Saturday to beautiful weather! Customers did a good job of social distancing while shopping the vendors and artists. The farms stayed extremely busy – selling fresh fruits and vegetables. Creative signage developed by Virginia Cooperative Extension promoted COVID-19 safety measures. They were printed and displayed throughout the market. 

Blues, Brews and BBQ has a new date! Join us at Riverwalk Landing on August 9 for a great event where ticketholders can sample 30 craft beers, dig into delicious BBQ, and enjoy some of the best local Blues musicians in the area. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. The press release contains all the details!

Board of Supervisors June 16 Meeting Online, TV

The Board of Supervisors June 16 meeting was held remotely. The Board tabled a proposed ordinance that would prohibit or restrict parking of certain large vehicles on Moore’s Creek Drive. This item will appear on the July 21 meeting agenda. All remaining agenda items were approved. Meeting details are available here. Meeting replays are always available to view online and are shown on WYCG-TV (Cox 46, Verizon 38). The Board does not hold a meeting on the first Tuesday in July. The next meeting is July 21. The meeting agenda will be posted online during the previous week. 

Libraries Reopening July 7; Summer Reading Program Begins June 22

  • York County Public Libraries will reopen Tuesday, July 7. Hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday. The libraries will be closed Sunday and Monday. Certain safety modifications have been made. For details, read this week’s press release.
  • The Summer Reading program – always a hit for readers of all ages – begins Monday, June 22 and continues through July 31. Visit the Library’s website for complete details and to register. 

Registration Now Open Rescheduled for Soccer and Volleyball Summer Sports Camps!

Camps begin July 6 and are for ages 6-17. There are half-day, full-day, and evening options available. For complete details, read the press release or visit Parks and Recreation’s website. 

June 12, 2020 - Board meeting; Business Resources; Schooner Alliance Returns; Temporary Polling Place

Board of Supervisors Meeting Agenda

The Board of Supervisors’ next meeting is Tuesday, June 16. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast live on WYCG-TV (Cox 46, Verizon 38) and live streaming at www.yorkcounty.gov/tv. This is an electronic remote meeting. There are five public hearing items on the agenda and citizen phone lines have been established for each public hearing and the meeting’s citizen comment period. You can view the agenda and phone-in instructions here. 

Economic Development Shares Resources to Assist Area Businesses

  • Is your business open? Do you have any special offers or events to share? Send us an email with your business hours of operation, services provided, and anything else you want patrons to know about. We’ll list it all on our website as a quick and informative resource for area consumers.
  • Businesses seeking assistance are urged to visit the York County Office of Economic Development’s COVID-19 Business Resources site. Here you’ll find information on grants, disaster relief resources, business tools, and more. 

Schooner Alliance, Market Days Return to Riverwalk Landing

Social distancing never looked so relaxing—out on the open water of the York River! The Schooner Alliance returns to Riverwalk Landing Piers Friday, June 12. The owners and captains, Greg and Laura Lohse, will not be bringing their second schooner to Yorktown this summer but will instead be adding a fourth sail to the rotation of the Alliance. It will be an additional late-day history sail. COVID-19 procedures include half capacity limit for passengers, facemasks for both the crew and customers, hand sanitizing at the gate, and wipe-downs of the ship between each sail, especially at common touchpoints. The crew will also have temperature checks before their shifts and the restroom on board will closed to the public. Guests are also not permitted in the galley and will have to place food and drink orders through the portholes.

A cool breeze off the water; friendly faces; a variety of fresh, local food to shop—there’s nothing like a Saturday morning in Yorktown! Our well-organized Yorktown Market Days returns to the waterfront Saturday, June 13, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The market has everything on your shopping list—from seasonal produce and delicious baked goods to gourmet dog treats and handmade soaps and candles. We are taking important precautions to keep our customers and vendors safe amidst COVID-19 concerns. Read all about it in this week’s press release.

Safety Town Registration is Now Open for Children Entering Kindergarten 

The County’s award-winning Safety Town program is beginning its 26th season providing safety information to children entering Kindergarten in the fall. This year’s program features three week-long sessions of four days each. Two weeks will be held at Mr. Vernon Elementary School and the final week at Waller Mill Elementary School. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended. Cost is $35 for County residents and $50 for non-County residents. View dates, times, and safety topics in the press release.

Temporary Polling Place for June 23 Republican Primary

Voters who normally visit the Grafton School Complex on Election Day will instead cast their votes at the Senior Center of York on June 23. This is a temporary move due to the Grafton School Complex closing for renovation following a February fire. View more information here.

 Absentee voting is now underway. The deadline to apply to vote absentee online or by mail or email is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16. The deadline to apply to vote absentee in person is 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 20. In order to accommodate those who wish to vote absentee in person, the Registrar’s Office will be open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (757) 890-3440 or visit the Voter Registrar’s website

June 5, 2020 -  Reopening News

Tourism Development Announces Gallery Reopening

Gallery at York Hall re-opens! The Yorktown Onions aren’t all that’s opening up in Historic Yorktown. The Gallery at York Hall celebrated its grand re-opening on Wednesday, June 3 and is currently offering 10% off all merchandise through the next two weeks. As an added COVID-19 safety precaution, all volunteers who do not have underlying medical issues will wear facemasks and customers are asked to extend the same courtesy. Visitors will also find stickers strategically placed near the register to help designate 6-feet spacing for those waiting in line. Hand sanitizer stations have been added and there will be extra cleanings and wipe-downs between customer sales. The Gallery, located at 301 Main Street, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.

Re-opening Alerts: A new landing page within www.visityorktown.org exists to keep citizens and tourists up to date on which restaurants, stores, museums, and other attractions are once again serving the public and at what capacity. It can be found here: https://bit.ly/2Y6Ox62. The Tourism Development Office is working closely with all community partners to help promote re-openings, announce any modifications to operations, and feature amenities as they resume. This page also acts as the central hub for all COVID related press releases and details about rescheduled special events. It is anticipated this page will remain live with regular updates through at least Phase 3 of Virginia’s re-opening process. 

Beach is Open; Waterfront Ambassadors Return

The Yorktown Beach reopened last weekend and beachgoers were greeted by colorful signs reminding them of certain safety measures to follow to ensure everyone can safely enjoy the beach. This weekend, we welcome back our Waterfront Ambassadors on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays to reinforce safety messaging, answer questions, direct visitors to amenities, and ensure that the lower level of the Riverwalk Landing Parking Terrace remain available to visitors to our restaurants and shops. 

Board of Supervisors Work Session June 2 

Actions taken at the June 2 Board of Supervisors meeting are available online. See a presentation by the York County School Division on budget and technology and another from York County Finance on CARES Act funding allocations. The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for Tuesday, June 16, at 6:00 p.m., and will be conducted electronically. Once published, the meeting agenda will be available on the Board’s website. This meeting will be broadcast live on WYCG-TV (Cox 46, Verizon 38) and streaming on the York County website. 

Four Programs Win National Association of Counties Achievement Awards

This week, York County was notified that it is the recipient of four Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties. Award-winning programs are: Yorktown Trolley: Riding with Technology; Partners for Pollinators; Citizen Cyber Security; and Wormley Creek Landing Facility Enhancements: Accessibility for All. Summaries of these programs and their award submissions are available on the County’s website. 

Safety Town, Summer Programs, Playgrounds and More!

York County Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the award-winning Safety Town program that teaches pre-kindergartners various aspects of life safety, Summer Fun program operating Monday through Friday July 6-31, Field Trip Fever 2 from August 3-7, Tennis Camp for Youth, and Kayak Trips from New Quarter Park and Back Creek Park. Also, big news…playgrounds and basketball courts are now open! See the press release for program dates, fees, and more.