Rochester is the place to be this summer! If you haven’t checked out our many parks, pools or community centers recently, take a look and see what the City has to offer. This summer, the City’s R-centers (Rochester Community Centers) offer an exciting, fresh take on recreation. Program offerings have been greatly expanded including new magnet sites for youth that focus on the arts, science, technology, sports, nature and the environment. Our ArtSmart and Youth Sports summer camps offer affordable, engaging daycare alternatives for city families. Visitors can also take advantage of a wide variety of amenities including new fitness facilities offered at several locations. The City's aquatic programs, pools, water parks and Durand Beach provide a fun, safe way to learn to swim, join a swim team or just beat the heat. The City’s many beautiful parks and playgrounds offer families an opportunity to get outside, stay active and get together. They feature courts, fields, playgrounds, picnic areas, and community gardens as well as quiet places to relax. Take advantage of our rental lodges and facilities to throw a family party or host a special event.
Rochester Recreation Summer Programs and Facilities
See What is Offered This Summer at an R-Center in Your Neighborhood!
Recreation and Community Centers across the city are getting 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.
R-Center Locations and Amenities
||Address & Phone Number
| #17 School
||158 Orchard St.
|Playground, Outdoor Courts, Gym, Community Meeting Space
||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
|| 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
|John Marshall High School
||180 Ridgeway Ave.
|Swimming Pool, Gym
|Pierpont at School # 7
||219 Peirpont St.
|Playground, Outdoor Courts, Gym, Game Room
|Roxie Ann Sinkler
||75 Grover St.
|Playground, Outdoor Courts, Gym, Game Room, Computer Lab
||841 Genesee St.
|Playground, Outdoor Courts
||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
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R-Centers offer opportunities for youth to expand their learning and explore their passions at “magnet sites” which feature structured activities in focused interest areas. Each of these sites offers a learning based activity model, Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 4 pm, which includes enrichment activities led by professional staff and consultants, fun group activities, sports, arts & crafts, daily reading times, field trips, play time, and a final showcase event for families. Breakfast and lunch are included. Register at any R-Center to take advantage these exciting summer programs.
Participants will be introduced to a new sport each week through age-appropriate skill clinics, fitness exercises, team practices, group games and tournaments, and more. The program culminates with a R-Center “Olympics” at the end of the summer.
Available at these R-Centers: Avenue D & Campbell Street
Creative Arts Workshop
Youth will explore their creative sides with daily activities led by local artists and trained staff including dance, theater, creative writing, music, arts and crafts, water park fun, sports, group games, playtime and field trips to Rochester’s cultural attractions.
Available at this R-Center: Edgerton
The STEM Explosion
Ignite your child’s interest in technology and the sciences. Program focuses on hands on activities including model rockets, kites, science experiments, wildlife and the living environment, media and technology.
Available at this R-Center: Carter Street
Earth Explorer Expeditions
Discover the great urban outdoors in this environmental-focused magnet site. Youth will learn about nature, urban gardening, landscape design, nutrition and healthy cooking, reusing and recycling, and more through hands-on activities, workshops, play time and field trips to local parks and natural areas.
Available at this R-Center: Humboldt
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"Drop Everything and Read”
4,000 Book Summer Reading Challenge
R-Centers challenge and encourage youth to read for fun every day. All summer, R-Center participants will have the opportunity to read age-appropriate books as well as youth-focused newspapers and magazines with adult support and the chance to earn incentives and celebrate successes in a fun recreation setting. Youth will compile a book log documenting their summer reading achievements to share with teachers in the fall. Available at all R-Centers
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 daily giveaways. Go to www.cityofrochester.gov/reconthemove to see schedules or call 428-6755.
Earth Explorers & Horticulture Programs
A unique program that immerses youth into the remarkable natural environment. Activities range from outdoor adventures (such as nature hikes, field trips, and geocaching) to gardening and cooking with the food we’ve grown. Youth and families are also invited to take advantage of our additional horticultural workshops, projects, and events like community gardening, nature tours, and more. Call 428-8820 or visit www.cityofrochester.gov/earthexplorers
Helping Youth T.H.R.I.V.E
Youth between the ages of 11 and 14, have a unique opportunity to gain important life skills while making positive connections with peers, caring adults from neighborhood youth-serving agencies, and their community. For more information, call 428-6816 or www.cityofrochester.gov/thrive.
Youth Voice, One Vision
Youth Voice, One Vision gives Rochester 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 to live and work. 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. Youth Voice, One Vision, 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 City Recreation, Nazareth College and the community act as mentors and role models for the participants. For more information call 428-7371, contact your local R-Center, or visit www.cityofrochester.gov/girlscoalition.
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.” Call 428-6481for more information.
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This summer, city youth have the chance to try a new sport, create a masterpiece and meet new friends from across the City. ArtSmart and GVP Youth Sports summer camps offer opportunities for every child to explore their interests and have fun. Camps are open Monday – Friday 9am-5pm, July 7 – August 22, for youth ages 6 – 13 at the super affordable rate of $85/week*. Breakfast and lunch are included.
Genesee Valley Park Youth Sports Camp at the Genesee Valley Field House
Sign your child up for a fun and active summer at the GVP Youth Sports Camp! This camp will expose children to swimming, football, softball, tennis, golf, soccer and much more.
ArtSmart Summer Camp at the Lake Riley Lodge in Cobbs Hill Park
Get ready for an imaginative and active summer at the ArtSmart Camp. This camp will keep your child creative, active and engaged with field trips, group games, theatre, dance, arts and more. Discounts for siblings are available.
*$85 per week for city residents and $130 per week for those living outside the city. Additional siblings can join in the fun at a $20 discount.
Download an application
Download an information packet
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Each summer, the City of Rochester in partnership with the Rochester City School District provide free breakfast and lunch to city youth 18 years and under through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service Program. Meals are at many city sites, Monday through Friday, except July 4. Sites include community agencies, schools, churches and R-Centers. To view a list of participating R-Centers visit www.cityofrochester.gov/summermeals
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From structured swim lessons for youth and adults to spray parks for families to cool off, there is something for everyone at every skill level.
Cool Sweep helps city residents find relief from the summer heat by extending pool hours, opening fire hydrants and offering air conditioned “cooling centers” at select libraries and R-Centers. For more information visit www.cityofrochester.gov/coolsweep
Summer Swim Academy
R-Centers Summer Swim Academy offers free swim lessons for youth 6-18 and low-priced lessons for adults. Lessons are offered at six different skill levels and at several conveniently located indoor and outdoor pools around the City. For more information visit www.cityofrochester.gov/swimlessons. For adult lessons, call 428-7456.
Aquafest - Swimming Olympics
R-Center summer swim participants ages 6-15 from around the City join together at the Genesee Valley Sports Complex pool to prove their swimming skills they have learned over the summer. Events range from individual and team swimming races to fun activities such as the “penny dive.” Lifeguards also join the action with a special guards race, competitions and more.
Cascade Kayaking Adventures
Learn the basics of whitewater kayaking in the unique urban setting of the Rochester Canoe and Kayak Park (Roc Park) in the lower Genesee Gorge. Never kayaked before? Kayak Adventures and R-Centers host three-day whitewater Kayaking clinics in July and August free to city residents. For more information call Art Miller at 704-2372.
Genesee Waterways Center
A scenic entry point to the Genesee River, the Genesee Waterways Center offers rowing, sculling and outrigger canoeing courses as well as canoe and kayak rentals. From the boathouse you can also walk or bike along the many green trails that intersect in Genesee Valley Park. Go to www.geneseewaterways.org for schedules and rates.
Rochester Rapids Swim Team
The Rochester Rapids Swim Team is a competitive swim team for ages 6-21. It is a fun, family-oriented club committed to not only developing strong swimmers but also strong character. The team consists of four ability levels from beginning competitors to those that compete with top area swimmers. The team practices three to six days a week at the Adams Street R-Center. New swimmers can gauge and hone their skills during a two-week trial period before committing to joining the Rapids.
Summer Swim Sites
This year, indoor pools will be open at Franklin H.S., Marshall H.S., Monroe H.S., NE & NW College H.S. at Frederick Douglass, Wilson Foundation as well as the R-Center pools at Adams Street and Clinton-Baden. Outdoor pools are located at Avenue D and Flint Street R-Centers and the Genesee Valley Sports Complex. Supervised swimming is also available at the beautiful Durand Eastman Beach. For more information visit www.cityofrochester.gov/summerswimsites
Many R-Centers feature family friendly water spray parks including Carter Street, Edgerton, Gantt, Humboldt and Ryan. Additional spray water features can be found at the 4th and Peck Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, and Troup Street playgrounds.
For more information visit www.cityofrochester.gov/sprayparks
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R-Centers offer pickup and organized youth and adult sports programs throughout the City. Whether your interest in softball, floor hockey, kick ball, basketball, lacrosse,kayaking or tennis, City Recreation has opportunities for you to get out and get active.
Leagues & Clubs
Baseball (Adult League)
The City hosts adult baseball leagues organized by NABA Wooden Bat League and Nick D’Ambrosio. There are two age divisions 18-27 years old (Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and 28 and over (Contact Zach at email@example.com.
Basketball (Youth League)
Ages: 15 and under
Registration: June 30 to July 3
Schedule: Starting July 8, Tuesday & Thursdays, 5, 6, and 7 p.m.
Available at the Edgerton R-Center
Basketball (Adult League)
Registration: June 30 to July 3
Schedule: Starting July 7, Monday & Wednesdays 5, 6 and 7 p.m.
Available at Marshall H.S.
Flower City Soccer
Flower City Soccer League offers youth from R-Center’s a safe and positive environment to learn and to improve their soccer skills.
Age groups: 3-7, Under 10, Under 12, Under 14, and Under 17
Registration: May 12th-June 9th
Schedule: Thursday and/or Fridays (June 5th-July 26th) 6 p.m.
Available at Ryan and #17 R-Centers
Kickball (Youth League)
Invented in 1942 by a World War II soldier, kickball combines soccer and baseball skills. Come join R-Centers for a youth kickball league!
Schedule: Starting July 8, Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10 & 11 a.m.
Available at Avenue D R-Center
Softball (Adult Men, Women and Co-Ed Leagues)
Played at Cobb’s Hill Park, the City’s adult softball leagues are hugely popular. For more information and registration instructions, call 428-6755.
Flower City Track Club
Coached by area high school and college volunteers, youth ages 7-18 can participate in the Flower City Track Club and practice three days a week at Aquinas Institute and become members of the United States Association of Track and Field.
Registration: For more information, please contact Leroy Dixon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Schedule: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 6-8 p.m. at Aquinas Institute
Roller Skating at GVP Complex
The Genesee Valley Sports arena “sport court” becomes a roller rink with open roller skating all summer long. Come join the fun!
Cost: $3 for Adults and $1 for Youth; skates available for rental
Schedule: June 30 to August 15, Monday – Friday, 12 - 1 p.m. and 5 - 6 p.m.
Sponsored by the City-Catholic Wrestling Association, R-Center youth get exposed to the world’s oldest sport, wrestling, at Ryan Community Center. Call 428-6755 for more information.
Registration: June 30 - July 3
Schedule: Monday & Wednesday 6-8 p.m.
Available at the Thomas P. Ryan R-Center
Love 15 Tennis (Youth)
The YMCA’s Love-15 is a free instructional tennis program open to any city resident ages 8 - 16. The program focuses on exposing urban youth to sport that they may not be as familiar with and one that they can enjoy throughout their lives.
Ages: Boys and Girls 8-16
Registration: Call 277-1654 or go to Maplewood YMCA for registration information.
Schedule: July 7 - August 15, Monday - Friday
Adult Tennis Lessons
Hone up your tennis skills with on-court professional instruction by Swing Tennis Academy for all skill levels. Sponsored by the City of Rochester.
Registration: Ongoing until September 1st.
Cost: $96 for eight - 90 minute lessons
Schedule: Morning & evening classes during four sessions: June 2-29; June 30-July 27; July 28-August 24; or September 2-29
Available at the following R-Centers: Tuesdays & Thursdays at Genesee Valley Park or Mondays & Wednesdays; Saturdays & Sundays at Cobb’s Hill Park.
Field Trips & Events
Rochester Red Wings Camp Day
Join R-Centers on our annual Rochester Red Wings camp day field trip on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Youth experience minor league baseball up close and personal and grow their life-long passion for America’s sport. Call your local R-Center for details.
Buffalo Bills Training Camp
A highlight of the summer for many of the R-Center participants is the annual field trip to the Buffalo Bills Training Camp at St. John Fisher College. Here youth not only get to meet and interact with the Bills players, they also have a chance to participate in a number of interactive skills challenges in the Bills Zone area. Call your local R-Center for dates and details.
Rochester Kids Triathlon
Kids ages 6 - 17 years old are invited to the kids-only Rochester Kids Triathlon on Saturday, July 19 at Genesee Valley Park. If you can swim, ride a bike, and run or walk, come out and give it a try! For more information or to register call 585-360-3748, email
or go to www.RochesterTriathletes.com.
Rochester Invitational Softball Tournament
Youth who participate in the R-Center summer softball program.also have an opportunity to play in season ending, family friendly tournament. The Rochester Invitational Softball Tournament (RIST) invites youth softball teams to join in a fun one-day event at a City park. R-Centers also host their own internal championship in which teams from all the sites vie for the coveted City championship. Parents and families are encouraged to cheer on the teams. Visit your local R-Center to learn how your child can be part of this full summer of softball fun!
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Recreation offers a variety of special events to promote our parks and trails, provide free family fun and to increase awareness of our environment and the history and heritage of our City. Come join in on a summer of fun.
Flower City Kids Planting Day
Friday, June 6 - 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Ontario Beach Park
Thousands of Rochester students plant flowers started in their classrooms during a picnic at Ontario Beach Park.
Maplewood Rose Celebration
Saturday and Sunday, June 14 & 15 Maplewood Rose Garden, corner of Lake Ave. and Driving Park Ave.
Bring your family and friends for a photo opportunity with over 5,000 roses. Held during the peak of the blooming season, the event focuses on the beauty of more than 300 rose varieties within the historic Maplewood Rose Garden. Full schedule of events available May 2014 at www.cityofrochester.gov/maplewoodrosefest
Tuesday, July 1 - 6 - 9 p.m.
Nola’s BBQ, 4775 Lake Ave.
Rochester Recreation, Youth Voice, One Vision youth council, and the Edgerton R-Center invites young people ages 13-18 to the annual Beach Bash. This event includes DJ, dancing, youth performances, and dinner, plus free rapid HIV testing and health resources on-site. Admission is $5 at the door or $3 for youth in registered youth groups that attend with an adult advisor. Youth must present school I.D. to be admitted.
July 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23 & 28
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Rochester Public Market (280 N. Union St)
Come to the Public Market and enjoy this summer’s Bike Rodeo presented by the City of Rochester’s Department of Recreation and Youth Services and the Monroe County Office of Traffic Safety. Give children a chance to get out and bike smart and safely. Staff and youth will be there to assist children with proper biking rules and safety.
Ride Right Youth Safety Series
Saturdays July 12 through August 2 1 - 4p.m.
This program is designed for 5th through 12th graders and teaches participants the fundamentals of safe road cycling. Limited to 30 participants per site. Please register in advance at any R-Centers. For more info call 428-6755.
End of Summer Bash
August 15, time & place TBA
As summer comes to an end, join Recreation for one last celebration of the season at our End of Summer Bash. Youth and families are welcome! The free event will be filled with fun including games, special crafts, inflatables, prize giveaways, healthy snacks and much more. Performances, displays and interactive activities will also showcase R-Centers and youth’s summer accomplishments. For more information, contact your neighborhood R-Center.
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