Recreation and Community Centers across the city have a new name. Introducing R-Centers, a bold new take on city recreation. The new R-Centers are more than just a new name, they are a complete rethinking of what it means to be a true community center. It is a promise to Rochester residents to be a positive force in the community that molds and changes lives. R-Centers strive to meet this mission by offering first-rate programs, facilities and professional staff to promote healthy living, education, creativity, self-discovery and positive relationships.
Get an EZ Rec Pass!
One pass gives you access to R- Centers' top-notch programs, fitness facilities, swimming pools, spray parks, ice skating, field trips, youth leadership opportunities and more. To get started, download a registration form and return it to your local R-Center.
R-Center Locations and Amenities
||Address & Phone Number
||3330 Lake Ave.
|Playground, Gym, Outdoor Courts, Game Room, Computer Lab
||85 Adams St.
|Playground, Outdoor Courts, Swimming Pool, Gym, Game room, fitness Center, Computer Lab
||200 Avenue D
|Playground, Outdoor Courts, Swimming Pool, Gym, Game room, Fitness Center, Computer Lab
||524 Campbell St.
|Playground, Outdoor Courts, Gym, Game Room, Computer Lab
||500 Carter St.
|Playground, Outdoor Courts, Spray Park, Gym, Game Room, Teen Lounge, Computer Lab, Community Meeting Space
|David F. Gantt
||700 North St.
|Playground, Outdoor Courts, Spray Park, Gym, Game Room, Fitness Center, Computer Lab, Community Meeting Space, Performance Space
||41 Backus St.
|Playground, Outdoor Courts, Spray Park, Game Room, Computer Lab, Community Meeting Space
| Flint Street
||271 Flint St.
|Playground, Outdoor Courts, Swimming Pool, Gym, Fitness Area, Game Room, Computer Lab
||1045 Atlantic Ave.
|Playground, Outdoor Courts, Spray Park, Game Room, Computer Lab
||455 LaGrange Ave.
|Playground, Outdoor Courts, Game Room
|Pierpont / School # 7
||219 Pierpont St.
|Playground, Outdoor Courts, Gym, Game Room
|Roxie Ann Sinkler
||75 Grover St.
|Playground, Outdoor Courts, Gym, Game Room, Computer Lab
| St. Monica's
||841 Genesee St.
|Playground, Outdoor Courts
| South Avenue
||999 South Ave.
|Playground, Outdoor courts, Gym, Game Room, Fitness Center, Computer Lab, community Meeting Room
|Thomas P. Ryan
||530 Webster Ave.
|Playground, Outdoor Courts, Swimming Pool, Spray Park, Gym, Game Room, Teen Lounge, Fitness Center, Computer Lab, community Meeting Space, Performance Space
R-Centers offer a wide variety of exciting programs help you live up to your potential while having fun.
Each summer, select R-Centers offer opportunities for kids to explore their passions at magnet sites which offer activities centered on focused areas of interest; Sports Center, Creative Arts Workshop, STEM Explosion, and Earth Explorers Expeditions. In these programs, kids learn through investigation, experimentation and problem-solving. Each magnet program also includes time for organized play, field trips related to the magnet theme, and outings to Rochester’s recreational and cultural attractions. These free programs run June 29 through August 14, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, download a summer recreation guide.
A unique program that immerses youth into the remarkable natural environment. Activities range from outdoor adventures (such as nature hikes, field trips and snowshoeing) to gardening and cooking with the food grown at R-Center gardens. Youth and families are also invited to take advantage of additional horticultural workshops, projects, and events like community gardening, nature tours, and more. For more information, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/earthexplorers, www.cityofrochester.gov/horticulture,or call 428-8820.
REC on the Move
We’re taking it to the streets! The City of Rochester’s Recreation on the Move van is rolling into your neighborhood! It’s R-Centers on wheels! On board you’ll find healthy snacks, outdoor games & sports, health & nutrition info, activities & crafts, and book giveaways. For more information, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/reconthemove or call 428-6755.
T.H.R.I.V.E. (Teens Helping to Reinvent Identity, Values and Empowerment) programs provide youth the necessary support and opportunities to prepare for successful adulthood. T.H.R.I.V.E. is a structured youth-driven nine month after-school program offered in eleven of the city’s R-Centers, in which, youth voices are heard through invigorating group discussions lead by trained certified facilitators. Topics include goal setting, making healthy choices regarding relationships, school, and achieving necessary life skills to become successful adults. For more information, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/thrive or call 428-6755.
Youth Voice, One Vision
Youth Voice, One Vision gives youth a voice in what goes on in their community. Participants collaborate with other youth leaders, adult advocates, and local officials to develop ideas to make their communities better places. YVOV members learn leadership skills, develop goals and strategies, conduct meetings, elect officers, meet with community leaders, participate as “youth experts” on local panels, and plan conferences and special events. YVOV youth governance groups help to plan activities at R-Centers across the city. Youth, adults, groups and other community organizations are all welcome. For more information, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/YVOV or call 428-7371.
The Girls Coalition brings together “positive girls doing positive things” through the support of caring female advisors and girls only programming. Adults from Rochester Recreation, Nazareth College and the community act as mentors and role models for the participants. For more information, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/girlscoalition, call 428-7371, or contact your local R-Center.
A program that focuses on boys’ natural strengths and broadens their understanding about culture and being positive and productive males in today’s society. Adult mentors lead activities and dialogue that challenge myths about what it means to be a “real man.” For more information, call 428-6481.
RocMusic is an innovative outreach and education program that engages children and their families in the experience of making and appreciating classical music. The program is designed to instill a love of learning and academic success.
RocMusic is a joint partnership between the City of Rochester, Eastman School of Music, Eastman Community Music School, Hochstein School of Music & Dance, Rochester City School District and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. RocMusic operates three days per week during the school year at the David F. Gantt R-Center and is a full scholarship program that requires an application and interview. For more information, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/rocmusic or www.rocmusic.org
MCC Mobile Labs
MCC and R-Centers team up to expose at-risk high school students and displaced workers to in demand careers in an effort to fulfill the region’s critical need for middle-skill workers.
Evening Events for Youth and Adults
Youth and adults are invited to spend the evening at their local R-Center to get together with friends and enjoy a variety of sports, exercise classes and more.
On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 7-9 p.m., R-Centers gyms offer open basketball for youth 6 - 18.
Thursday evenings, 7-9 p.m. is adult night. R-Centers offer variety of special programs for adults to stay fit and learn something new. This includes healthy living programming at the David F. Gantt R-Center, creative arts at the Edgerton R-Center, fitness fun at the Adams Street R-Center and environmental education at the Humboldt R-Center.
Family Fun Night
On Fridays families can get together and enjoy a host of fun family oriented programs and events.
Come and join neighborhood seniors at the Danforth R-Center for activities such as horseshoes, breakfast and lunch clubs, cards, “Get Fit” club and field trips throughout the season. Please call 428-6746 for more information.
Stardust Ballroom Series
Each year the century-old, historic Edgerton R-Center hosts an open ballroom dance series in its elegant Stardust Ballroom. On Tuesday nights from November through March, these 7:30 p.m. open dances feature terrific live music. Admission is only $3.00. Step back in time and dance with us at the Stardust Ballroom! For more information, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/ballroomdanceseries
Make a big difference: Volunteer!
The Recreation Bureau always needs and benefits from volunteers at its R-Centers. Make a difference for our urban youth! If you are interested in volunteering, call 585-428-6755 or visit our offices at 400 Dewey Avenue (map). You can also download our volunteer form and send or bring it to 400 Dewey Avenue.