2019 Summer Recreation

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The City’s Summer Recreation Season offers a host of activities for children to keep their minds sharp and their bodies fit while also experiencing the childhood joys of summer vacation. These programs engage our youth in sports, art, literacy and a variety of positive activities designed to keep their bodies and minds sharp all summer long. Meanwhile, the City’s many parks feature sports fields, playgrounds, picnic areas and rental lodges, making them the perfect place to play or host a family event. City pools and spray parks provide a fun, safe way to learn to swim, join a swim team and beat the heat. I invite you and your family to take advantage of all that the City’s Recreation Bureau has to offer.   ----Lovely A. Warren, Mayor 


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ArtSmart youth set their imaginations free, exploring visual arts, dance, music, and more in beautiful Cobb’s Hill Park. ArtSmart Camp also includes group games and outdoor activities in a spacious, inspiring, outdoor play area. Field trips to exciting and educational Rochester attractions add to the fun. At the end of camp, families are invited to celebrate with a final creative showcase.

GVP Youth Sports Camp 
In Youth Sports Camp, located in Genesee Valley Park, youth try a different sport each week—no previous experience necessary. Teamwork, mentorship, sportsmanship and positive behavior on and off the field are emphasized. Youth learn skills and healthy habits that are the foundation for a successful future, enjoy fun field trips and the chance to meet professional athletes.

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 !  A diverse group of friends, caring staff, affordable prices and convenient locations are just a few reasons to choose R- Center Camps this summer. Don’t miss out on these great programs, they fill up fast! To sign-up, download an application at www. cityofrochester.gov/summercamps. For more information call 428-6755. 


Earth Explorer Expeditions 
In this program, youth will discover the great urban outdoors. Kids will explore local parks and natural areas and learn about nature, urban gardening, nutrition, healthy cooking, reusing and recycling and more.
Available at: Humboldt, Adams, Flint, Douglass, Edgerton, and Gantt R-Centers. 

ROCmusic Program & Summer Academy
Learn musical skill, technique and how to play a variety of string and bass instruments.  Youth who have participated in the ROCmusic program or have played an instrument for a year, are invited to apply for the Rocmusic Summer Academy to build on their current level of musical skill and technique.  
Applications available online: www.ROCmusic.org

Biz Kid$
is a week-long camp that teaches youth ages 10-13 how to build their own business through a fun and fast-paced program of interactive games and activities.  Youth learn how to manage money, make a good impression, set goals and create a business plan. Participants also get real sales experience by operating a lemonade stand at City Hall and pocket the profit!   Biz Kid$ camp is offered in two, week- long sessions at the Danforth Community Center, located at 200 West Ave.,. City residents can enroll for free; those who live outside the city can participate for $60. Breakfast and lunch is provided each day. Space is limited so enroll soon by visiting: www.cityofrochester. gov/bizkids 

Specialized Training Clinics at Rochester Community Sports Complex will offer a variety of clinics and youth training skills to the public.  The RCSD, local youth sports leagues, and community organizations will have the opportunity to use the facility for sports training and games.  



(Leagues & Lessons)

The City hosts two adult baseball leagues organized by The Rochester Baseball League, a NABA wood bat league. The season begins in late May and runs through early August. For a complete game schedule, or to join, visit www. rochesterbaseball.com. For more information, contact Nick D’Ambrosio at: 208-8954 or ndambrosio56@gmail.

Softball and Kickball 
Nothing says summer like a game of softball or kickball. The Department of Recreation and Youth Services is set to kick off the season of adult softball leagues at Cobb’s Hill Park. RocSports, LLC continues as the official League Coordinator and will look to further expand the overall portfolio of adult sport offerings to meet the ever increasing demands of our growing city.  The softball program is called “RocSoftball@ Cobb’s Hill” and will provide leagues for everyone across all skill levels – a combination of co-ed, mens, and women specific programs will be offered five nights of the week! To learn more about RocSports, LLC, or to register for the RocSoftball @ Cobb’s Hill league, please visit www.rocsportsny.com.Kickball seasons and pricing vary. More information may be found on the RocSports website at www.rocsportsny.com. For more information or to register, call RocSports at 455-7827 or the Bureau of Recreation at 428-6755.


Youth Summer Swim Academy
Learn to love the water this summer! Affordable swimming lessons for youth ages 6-17 at six different skill levels. For complete information, call 428-7888 or visit www.cityofrochester.gov/ swimlessons.

Tennis Lessons
The City’s Adult Tennis Program, in partnership with the Swing Tennis Academy, offers professional instruction for all levels of play. Morning and evening classes are available during four sessions.  Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. For complete information or to download a registration form, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/tennislessons 

Soccer League
New York State Youth Soccer Association is a co-ed program that offers high quality soccer instruction for city kids. Players learn the rules of the game, practice their skills and engage in team play in a fun environment that focuses on fairness and character development. Teams are divided into age groups. For more information, call Nicole Hercules at 305-1136 or Don Corey at 428-7592.

Youth Softball
Youth softball focusing on skill development, team play, competition and fun. Tryouts are not necessary and all are welcome. For more information call 428-7592.

Rochester Rapids Swim Team
The popular Rochester Rapids are a competitive swim team for youth ages 6-18. Swimmers are divided into practice groups by age and ability so each gets the level of instruction they need to progress. New swimmers can practice with the team for a two-week trial period before committing to joining the Rapids. Scholarships are available for city residents. Register online at www.rochesterrapids.com.  For more information email rrst.register@gmail.com or call 451-8833.

R-Center Track Club
A quad-based track club in all four quadrants of the city. Free for ages 15-18. For more information call Demetrius Bennett at 428-7149.

Youth Wrestling 
Wrestling requires strength, stamina, speed, technique, strategy and intensity. Wrestling helps youth learn the relationship between effort and achievement. R-Centers, in partnership with the City-Catholic Wrestling Association, offer city youth ages 8-14 a chance to try this unique sport.  Contact Anthony Calderon at 428-7190.

Summer Swim Academy
The Summer Swim Academy offers swim lessons for youth ages 6-17 at six different skill levels--from beginner to advanced.  For more information or to register, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/swimlessons. 

Youth Tennis Lessons
Learning tennis is like learning to ride a bike--once you learn to play, you never forget. The City of Rochester hosts the Maplewood YMCA’s Love 15 Summer Tennis Camp, where youth ages 8-16 learn tennis fundamentals. For more information contact Chuck Hazlett at 277-1654 or at chuck.hazlett@rochesterymca.org, or visit the Maplewood Family YMCA, 25 Driving Park Ave. for more information.


Keep Your Cool This Summer

The City of Rochester offers many ways to beat the heat...

Indoor and outdoor pools are located at: Adams Street R-Center, Avenue D R-Center, Flint Street R-Center, Genesee Valley Sports Complex, Freddie Thomas High School.  Spray features are also offered at 4th and Peck Street, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park, Troup Street Playground, Edgerton R-Center, Campbell St. R-Center, Carter R-Center, Gantt R-Center, Roxie Sinkler R-Center, Humoldt R-Center, and Ryan R-Center.  Don't forget Durand Eastman Beach at Durand Eastman Park on the shores of Lake Ontario!


City of Rochester Public Market 

Did you know that the 113-year old City of Rochester Public Market at 280 North Union Street is a facility and program of the Department of Recreation and Youth Services? And did you know that this iconic Rochester institution is open year-round, and that it also offers almost 50 days each year with free-admission special events such as Community Garage Sales, Food Truck Rodeos, Flower City Days plant sales and Holidays at the Market?
The Public Market offers a huge volume and wide variety of produce and other foods and general merchandise from the most local to the most international. It is a place to experience culture and community as well as commerce. In many ways, it is an “old world” market experience complete
with musicians and other street performers, community organization exhibits and tables, free nutrition and cooking demonstrations, samplings, and much more to enhance your market experience.
Variety and Value: Use Your SNAP Benefits at the Market
The Market Token Program is the nation’s best farmers’ market program for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition “food stamp”) benefit recipients. SNAP recipients simply visit the Market Token Center with their electronic benefits card and receive wooden tokens that function as cash at dozens of Market vendors.
Getting to Market
If you’re driving, the best access point to the Market is from the Scio Street entrance, which opens into a large surface parking lot. A handy pedestrian/trolley bridge over North Union Street is available from this lot, built on a retired railroad spur. The Market also offers a Bike Incentive/Reward Program for those who use bicycles as transport to the Market, and a free Market Mobile Shuttle from the East End Parking Garage on busy Saturdays from May through October. The first shuttle leaves the East End Garage near the corner of Main and Scio Streets at 8 a.m., and the last one departs the Public Market just across the street from the North Union Street
gateway entrance at 1 p.m. The Market Mobile Shuttle runs in efficient 20-30 minute loops. The tractor-pulled, open-air Market Trolley also ferries customers from the Market to the distant parking areas and bus stop locations on Thursdays and Saturdays from May through October as well.
Selling at the Market
The Public Market makes it easy for businesses and entrepreneurs to sell their wares to a large, diverse and enthusiastic customer base. To learn more about qualifying products and the vendor process, call 428-6907 Tuesday through Friday mornings, or go to www.cityofrochester. gov/marketvendors. In 2018, qualifying city-based businesses can get their first vending day at the Market free through the new City Entrepreneurs at the Market program. Call 428-7282 for more information.
*Make the Market part of your regular Rochester experience—it’s commerce, culture and community year-round. For more information, go to www.cityofrochester.gov/publicmarket.