Spring is finally here — and for many Yorkers, that means it's time to play.

On a Sunday when temperatures passed 80 degrees, people of all ages hit Rocky Ridge County Park to get outside.

The Springettsbury Township park's walking trails, jungle gyms and pavilions were all in use after a harsh winter.

It's about time, said Tom Carper of York Township.

"I think it's one of the worst ones we've had," he said. "It snowed almost every week, it seemed."

Getting outside: Carper, his friends and their children relaxed during the springlike weather, grilling hamburgers and hot dogs.

For Michelle Abate of Red Lion, it's all about playing with the kids, sitting and relaxing.

"This is awesome," she said. "It feels so great."

For her children Nataleah, 7, and Jaycob, 6, the spring is great for playing at the park.

"I like to play outside in the sun," Nataleah said, as it's more fun than playing in the snow.

Jaycob, with his cheeks pink from running and playing, said the weather couldn't be better.

"The sun is out, and it's a nice breeze going," he said.

Golf season starts: At Rolling Acres Golf Course in Windsor Township, the season officially kicked off over the weekend.

It's the third season for co-owners Gary and Donna Inners, who recently bought the par-3 course, which dates back to 1968.


The 18-hole course is different than most around the county, with a small snack bar and honor box system, since the owners have full-time jobs.

"I don't think you can get more mom-and-pop," Donna Inners said.

This winter was by far the worst Gary Inners has seen at the course, he said.

"We lost a lot of trees during the ice storm," he said. The Dallastown couple had to haul many tree limbs from the course, he said.

The winter delayed the season, as golfers started coming in during the last week of March, Inners said.

"Normally by early March, we have a decent amount of golfers," he said.

But this warm weekend brought business from all over.

"I think people have spring fever," Inners said.

The swing of spring: Wayne Heindel lives up the road from the course. He's been coming for years but only recently became a regular, taking swings at least every week, he said.

"After the winter, I couldn't wait to get out," Heindel said. "It's been a long time coming."

During his first weekend out this season, Heindel said Rolling Acres is a good place to work on his short game, get in a workout and relax.

"I enjoy the wildlife and just nature in general," he said. "It's quiet, it's peaceful."

Dylan Johnson and his friends from Lancaster County drove out to the pitch-and-putt course to hang out and enjoy the weather.

"It was worth the drive on a nice Sunday," he said. "It's been fun."

The warmth should continue Monday, with a high near 73, according to the National Weather Service.

But there's a 90 percent chance of rain and possibly a thunderstorm on Monday night. The rain should continue on Tuesday, which has a high near 64, the forecast says. Temps could plummet to 30 degrees Tuesday night.

The rest of the week will be sunny, with highs in the 50s, the weather service says.

— Reach Mollie Durkin at mdurkin@yorkdispatch.com.