Department of Recreation and Human Services

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Welcome to the Department of Recreation and Human Services (DRHS). DRHS supports the City of Rochester's Vision Statement and Values through providing transparent and collaborative leadership, the administration of programs, social activities, and community support services.  These activities are carried out with a focus on equitable access to essential services for our citizens.  

DRHS nurtures and inspires the inner potential of all citizens of Rochester through recreational, educational, crisis supports, and employment readiness programs, thereby supporting the development of a healthy, educated, and self-sustaining community.  We recognize that the youth of our community are in particular need of support during their formative years, and as such, we have a special focus on getting youth to work through leveraging collaborative partnerships with local public, private and non-profit entities.  The safety and vibrancy of our neighborhoods is enhanced by the parks, playgrounds, Public Market, International Plaza and community-based partnerships.  Through DRHS, City residents gain access to quality programs and services such as the meaningful connection to animals and to nature. 

Thank you for taking the time to learn about the Department of Recreation and Human Services.  

 Dr. Shirley JA Green, Commissioner

 

DRHS Management Team: 

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About the Department of Recreation and Human Services 

DRHS oversees the Commissioner's Office which operates the administration, finance, and permit unit . The Office also operates the historic Rochester Public Market, located in the heart of Rochester, that attracts tens of thousands of people each week to shop during summer, spring, fall, and winter;  the International Plaza , a new Latin-themed event space and marketplace; and Rochester Animal Services serving Rochester’s people and animals to create safe neighborhoods, support the human-animal bond, and save and enhance lives. The department administers the Bureau of Human Services which  support victims and families dealing with homicides, mental health, domestic violence, and other related crisis.  In addition, DRHS manages the Bureau of Recreation and Youth Services.  Our R-Centers provide the best recreation and youth development program opportunities you will find anywhere, delivering a multitude of services such as recreational educational activities, sports and athleticsenvironmental education, and horticulture.  Our Youth Services unit is a leader in workforce development by providing education, employment training, job development and life skills training services for Rochester's youth.  As the chief steward of Rochester's extensive 800 acre park system, DRHS oversees a phenomenal park network that includes several parks designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed New York's Central Park and other famous parks nationwide. Rochester's park system boasts numerous amenities including:

 Click here to access our new R-Central online system to view, enroll, and pay for recreation programs/activities and rent city facilities!     

Contact Information:

Department of Recreation and Human Services
57 St. Paul Street
Rochester, NY 14604
(585) 428-6755