Fall 2018 Recreation Programs

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Autumn is a time of transition and transformation. Students meet new teachers, farmers turn their attention from growth to harvest and nature herself prepares for winter sleep with a final blaze. People often think of autumn as the end of the summer season but I prefer to think of it as a new beginning.

French philosopher Albert Camus once said, “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a
flower.” This autumn could be your second spring and Rochester City Recreation stands ready to help you reach your potential. I invite you to take advantage of the City’s countless programs, events and facilities, designed to help you get in shape, try your hand at something new or even forge new life-long friendships. From after school programs to family activities, sports leagues to state-of-the-art fitness facilities, the City offers so many opportunities for everyone to explore and grow. Make this time count and have a fun, safe and active autumn season!

Mayor Lovely A. Warren

Rochester Recreation Fall Programs and Facilities

R- Centers After School Programs

Throughout the school year, the City R-Centers provide an engaging and nurturing after school environment for city youth in grades K-12. Kids can enjoy an array of fitness and arts activities, get help with homework, and enjoy a free hot dinner and more.

After School in the Park
 Throughout the school year, the City of Rochester’s After School in the Park Program provides an engaging and nurturing after-school environment for kids in grades K-6. Conveniently located in Cobbs Hill Park, kids can take in an array of fun fitness, educational and arts activities, get help with homework, enjoy a free hot dinner and, best of all, make lasting friendships. This school year, the program will run from Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 through June 25, 2019 on weekdays from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $55 per week for city youth; $45 per week for siblings. For just $85 per week, youth can receive all-day care through this program during the winter and spring school recesses. The program is also available to youth living outside the city. Interested non-city residents should call for pricing and availability.

After School in the Park Program provides an array of great activities and benefits, including:
• School bus drop-off (Drop-off only. Must be arranged through the child’s school by parents.)
• After-school hours (2-6:30 p.m.)
• Fitness and arts activities
• Healthy snacks and hot dinners
• Homework help
• Field trips
• Well-trained and friendly staff
• NYS registered Office of Children
and Family Services site
After school, kids are looking for fun and friendship. They will find both at R-Academy. Kids can enjoy sports, arts and crafts, group games and more. But the focus of R-Academy is academic support and character development.
Trained staff offer homework help, reading programs, health and nutrition education and a slate of engaging enrichment activities. Beginning Sept. 10, R-Academy runs weekdays from 2:30 - 6:30 p.m. at all R-Centers. This program is free, however registration is required at your local R-Center.
Earth Explorers
Rochester boasts a rich natural environment which makes a wonderful outdoor classroom. This unique program immerses kids in nature where they learn by doing. Outdoor adventures include nature hikes, field trips and recycling/composting projects. Kids get involved in gardening at R-Center gardens and cook with the food they grow. For more information, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/earthexplorers or call 428-8820.
Youth Voice, One Vision: The Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council
Youth Voice, One Vision (YVOV) is an active council of young people working together to make Rochester a better place to live. YVOV has over 100 active members who come together regularly for training, networking opportunities, servicelearning initiatives and youth-led community conversations. Members take an active leadership role in planning service projects, making decisions collectively and finding solutions for issues that affect our
community. Youth, adults, organized youth groups and other community organizations are all welcome. For more information, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/YVOV or call 428- 6360.
Girls Coalition
The Girls Coalition brings together “positive girls doing positive things” with the support of caring female advisers. In addition to weekly meetings, members come together once a month for “Girls Night Out,” girl-focused programming that reflects their needs and interests. Adults from the Bureau of Recreation, Nazareth College and the community act as mentors and role models for the participants. Call 428-6985, contact your local R-Center
or visit www.cityofrochester.gov/girlscoalition.
 Team I.M.P.A.C.T.
Focusing on boys’ natural strengths, this program broadens their understanding about culture and what it means to be a positive and productive man in today’s society. Adult mentors lead activities and dialogue that challenge myths about what it means to be a “real man.” Call 428-6481.
T.H.R.I.V.E. (Teens Helping to Reinvent Identity, Values and Empowerment) is a structured, youth-driven afterschool program offered at Danforth Community Center with invigorating group discussions with certified facilitators. THRIVE helps young people prepare for successful adulthood through fun, engaging and youth-led curriculums. THRIVE also hosts the Students Making a Change (SMAC) Youth Leadership Team for youth who demonstrate leadership qualities. SMAC youth receive stipends and complete leadership curriculums. They also participate in and facilitate workshops. For more information, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/thrive or call 428-7913.
R.I.S.E (Reach Inside, Strive for Excellence): RISE is a communitywide collaboration to promote healthy behaviors through handson experiences. The programs and activities of RISE derive from evidence-based sexuality curricula
delivered in high school and community settings. The programs focus on risk reduction through abstinence and safer sex practices, positive peer pressure and youth advocacy, and increased access to health care, information and
treatment. For more information, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/RISE or email RISE@cityofrochester.gov.
The ROCmusic Collaborative, inspired by Venezuela’s revolutionary ElSistema music project, is a tuition-free community music program that offers classical music classes and instrument lessons to city youth in grades 1-12. No previous musical experience ortraining is required. The program is designed to instill a love of learning, support academic success and affect social change by engaging children and their families in the experience of making and appreciating classical music. Interested students can pick up an application at the Gantt or Edgerton R-Centers or online at www.ROCmusic.org. ROCmusic @ Gantt serves students in grades 1-12 and operates Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 4-6 p.m. ROCmusic @ Edgerton serves students in grades 1-4 and operates Tuesday and Thursday, 4-6 p.m.For more information, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/rocmusic.

Take the Bus
Parents can arrange with the City School District for bus transportation to any R-Center. Please note, parents are responsible for picking up their child from R-Center programs.

Get an EZ Rec Pass!
One free pass gives you access to all recreation programs and facilities: fitness centers, gyms, top-notch athletics and arts programs, computer labs, game rooms, youth leadership opportunities, and more!  Visit your local R-Center or click here to apply.


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Fun for Families and Seniors 

Friday Family Fun Night
Friday evenings are for family fun at your local R-Center. Enjoy movies, group games, dancing, cooking classes and more. Family Fun Night runs from 6-8 p.m. Remember, families who play together, stay together!

RISE – Family Talk
The Family Talk series helps parents, grandparents and other adults communicate with youth about sensitive topics such as sexual health, healthy relationships, STIs, HIV and substance use. For more information, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/RISE or email RISE@cityofrochester.gov

Danforth Seniors
Come and join neighborhood seniors at the Danforth Community 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.


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R-Centers Locations and Amenities2017FallR-Centers

Click here for a full list of neighborhood R-Centers

Recreation on the Move - Recreation Centers on Wheels

We’re Takin’ it to the Streets! The Rec on the Move mobile recreation centers bring the offerings and benefits of City R-Centers right to city neighborhoods.

Look for Rec on the Move in these locations from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.:

  •  Sept. 12-15
Farmington Park & La Grange Park
  • Sept. 19-22
Pulaski Park & JP Riley Park
  • Sept. 26-29
Grand Ave. Playground & Troup St. Park
  • Oct. 3-6

    Baden Park & Tacoma Park
  • Oct. 10-13

    Ellwanger-Barry Park & Jones Square Park
  • Oct. 17-20

    Don Samuel Torres Park & JR Wilson Park
  • Oct. 24-27
Fourth & Peck Park & Bronson Park
  • Oct. 31-Nov. 3
Marketview Lodge & Jefferson Terrace Park


    For more information, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/reconthemove.

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Sports and Fitness football2016

Get physical this fall. R-Centers offer a great selection of pickup and organized youth and adult sports programs.

Youth Leagues

Indoor Soccer
 Rochester City Soccer League (Indoor Soccer/Futbol)
Indoor Soccer is a free co-ed program that offers high quality soccer instruction to city youth for ages: under-7, under-10, under-13 and high school teams.  Registration begins Oct. 1 at either www. rochestercitysoccerleague.com or your local R-center.  Rochester City Soccer League will provide a free clinic on Saturday Nov. 3, with time and place TBA.  League play begins Nov. 5.  Kids learn the rules of the game, practice their skills and engage in team play, all in a fun environment that focuses on fairness and character development.
For more information, please call Nicole Hercules at 305-1136 or Don Corey at 428-7592.

NFL Flag Football
NFL FLAG football is the premier youth flag football league for boys and girls up to 15 years old. This non-contact, continuous action training program helps kids build skills and learn teamwork. Practices will take place at local
R-Centers.Register at your local R-Center Aug. 13-Sept. 21. Games will be played at Edgerton Park. Players ages 13-15 begin on Sept. 24 on Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Players ages 12 and under begin on Sept. 25 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Coaches and volunteers welcome.
For more information, call 428-7592.

Wrestling teaches kids the relationship between effort and achievement, both as individuals and as team members. R-Centers, in partnership with the City-Catholic Wrestling Association, offer city youth ages 8-14 a chance to try this unique sport. Thomas P. Ryan R-Center, Mondays and Wednesdays (6-8 p.m.) and Saturdays (TBA). Register at Ryan R-Center beginning Aug.1. Program begins Dec, 3 and ends April 20, 2019.
For more information, call 428-7721 (Ryan R-Center).

 Floor Hockey
The Carter Street and South Avenue R-Centers host a city-wide indoor hockey league for youth 15 and under with support from the Rochester Amerks. Learn the game or hone your skills. Register at either R-Center beginning Monday, Nov. 5. Season begins Tuesday, Dec. 4. Games are played on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Carter Street and Thursdays at South Avenue at 5:30, 6:30 or 7:30 p.m. There is no charge for this program.

For more information, call 428-7592.

 Rochester Accessible Adventures
New opportunity in Fall of 2018 at the Frederick Douglas R-Center. Inclusive offerings of pickle ball, wheelchair basketball and much more. Call 428-6015 for more details.

Adult Lessons (Ages 18+)

Tennis Lessons
Tennis is good for your mind and your body. The City’s Adult Tennis Program, offered in partnership with Swing Tennis Academy, provides professional instruction for all levels of play. The cost is $99 for eight 90-minute lessons. Morning and evening classes are available Sept. 5 through Oct. 2. Lessons run Tuesdays and Thursdays at Genesee Valley Park; Mondays and Wednesdays or Saturdays and Sundays at Cobbs Hill Park. Pre-registration and prepayment is required on or before Sept. 5. For more information orto download a registration form, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/tennislessons or call 428-6755.

Fitness Classes
Looking for a fun way to burn calories and get in shape? Jump into a free R-Center fitness class! These classes are suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Classes include aerobics, soul, line dancing, ZUMBA and strength training. Youth younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Mats and hand weights provided where needed.
David F. Gantt R-Center
Zumba Classes by Shirley B, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m.
Flint Street R-Center
Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m. Line Dancing

For more information, contact individual R-Center.
Fitness Centers
Build some healthy habits before the temptations of the holiday season begin. High-quality workout facilities are located at the
Adams Street, 
David F. Gantt,
Frederick Douglass,
Avenue D 
Flint Street R-Centers, and new in the fall of 2018 at Campbell R-Center. These R-Centers have Blood Pressure Pulse machines so you can monitor your heart health and AEDs(Automated External Defibrillators) for your safety.
Call individual R-Centers

Ice Skating 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Ice Skating Rink  
Outdoor skating is something special and so is this kidney-shaped ice skating rink in the heart of Downtown. Enjoy fun on the ice, a warming shelter with a heated floor and fireplace, and up-to-date sound and lighting systems. Watch for special events throughout the season, which begins on Saturday, Nov. 17 (weather permitting). Organizing a special event of your own? Both the rink and lodge, which offers a full kitchen and seating for 228 people, are available to rent. To make a reservation, call the permit office at 428-6755.

Genesee Valley Park Ice Arena
The Genesee Valley Park Ice Arena, located at 131 Elmwood Avenue, hosts recreational ice skating for all ages, including a youth hockey club, adult ice hockey leagues, speed skating and sled hockey. The ice rink can also be rented for events, birthday parties and more. The rink opens for the season on Sunday, Sept. 9 and closes Sunday, April 7, 2019. Adults interested in leagues should call 428-7888.

GVP Rink Special Events:
Haunted House Open Skate
7 - 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26; and Saturday, Oct. 27

ROC the Riverway
Weekend Skate
5 - 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6; 1 - 2:15 p.m., and 2:30 - 3:45 p.m., Sunday,Oct. 7
Columbus Day
Family Open Skate
12-1:15 p.m. and 3:15-4:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 8
Sled Hockey Clinics
12 - 1:30 p.m., Oct. 6;
12 - 1:15 p.m.; and 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.,Oct. 8
12 - 1:30 p.m., Oct. 16
3 - 4:30 p.m., Nov. 17
12 - 1:30 p.m., Dec. 15
Skate and Salute
1 - 2:15 p.m.; and 2:30 - 4 p.m.,
Sunday, Nov. 11
Skate with Santa
1 - 2:15 p.m.; and 2:30 - 3:45 p.m.,
Sunday, Dec. 23
Indoor & Outdoor Skating Fees
Adults: $5
Youth ages 17 & under: $2
College students w/ID: $3
Family maximum: $14
Season pass for MLK: $60
Season pass for GVP: $125

Adams St. Indoor Pool The beautiful and heated indoor year-round pool is undergoing renovations which will include a new accessible ramp, chair lift, improved lighting, new locker rooms and more. Opening in late fall, 2018. For more information, call 428-7888.

Clinton Baden Indoor Pool
This 25-yard, six-lane indoor swimming pool is now open year round beginning Sept. 10. Hours vary.Call for more information 428-6908.

Genesee Waterways Center
Explore the Genesee River with the Genesee Waterways Center (GWC). Located in Genesee Valley Park, GWC offers rowing, sculling and outrigger canoe courses as well as kayak and canoe rentals. Regular rental season ends in September, but weekend rentals will be available into October (except Oct. 6 and 7, when GWC will host the Head of the Genesee Regatta.) Recreational activities and year-round classes are open to all ages and ability levels.
GWC also hosts community events throughout the year. Visit www.geneseewaterways.org for schedules and rates.

Special Events

Punt, Pass and Kick
Wednesday, Sept. 26, Location: TBD PP&K, the NFL’s oldest grassroots initiative, is designed to let kids ages 6-15 learn football fundamentals in an engaging and supportive non-contact environment. There are five age
categories for both boys and girls: ages 6-7, ages 8-9, ages 10-11, ages 12-13 and ages 14-15. To pre-register, visit any R-Center or register on the day of the event. You must be able to provide proof of age.
For more information call 428-7592.
Annual Rochester River Challenge
Cape Ability Outrigger Ohana (CAOO) invites adults and youth of all abilities to participate in the largest outrigger canoe sprint race on the East Coast. No experience necessary! Team up with family, friends or co-workers for this unique and fun day on the Genesee River. All proceeds benefit CAOO whose mission is: “To provide the opportunity for individuals with disabilities to gain confidence and dignity through participation in paddle sports, recreation and related educational programs.” For more information or to register, visit www.adaptivecanoeing.org.
ROC the Riverway Weekend
Friday, Saturday and Sunday; Oct. 5, 6 and 7. A weekend to experience the Genesee River and its importance to our community.
For a complete schedule, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/ROCtheRiverway.

Pumpkins in the Park 5K
Saturday, Oct. 27, Cobbs Hill Park Win by speed or by costume! Before you go out to trick-or-treat, put on your costume and run in this familyfriendly USATF Certified Halloween 5K; kids’ distances include 1/4 mile, 1/2 mile and mile. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Rochester Youth Sports Foundation which helps city kids get into sports. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. Adult races start at 9 a.m. Youth races at 9:45 a.m. For more information, or to register, visit www.yellowjacketracing.com/races or stop in to your local Fleet Feet store.

Post-Thanksgiving Family
Fun Day Friday, Nov. 30. The City R-Centers will host a special event for children and their families to help you burn off that turkey and Thanksgiving pie the fun way! Call your local R-Center for details.
Hispanic Heritage Month
Sept. 15 – Oct. 15, 2018
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a series of events that highlight Latino culture.
Latino Golf Tournament
Sat., Aug. 25, Noon - 6 p.m.
Braemar Country Club, 4704 W. Ridge
Rd., Spencerport, NY. What could be
better than a day on the golf course
for a good cause? Join us for an
exciting 18-hole tournament!
Sept. 14, Noon - 2 p.m.
City Hall, 30 Church St.
Youth Theatre Night
Sept. 21, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
City Hall, Council Chambers,
30 Church St.
Who can resist a lively night of Latin Theatre. Celebrate Hispanic culture with unique preformances and creative narratives. Refreshments and delicious Latin pastries will be provided.
Abuelitos Event
Sept. 26, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
City Hall
Our grandparents are appreciated and deserve to be honored. Join us in recognizing our “Abuelitos“ for the sacrifice, wisdom and
unconditional love they have shown us. Enjoy live music, Spanish cuisine and the crowning of the 2018 Abuelito and Abuelita of the year!

Youth Dance Night
Oct. 5, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
MLK Park Lodge, 353 Court St.
This is a perfect opportunity for Rochester’s youth to gather and celebrate our culture.
Rise Up Latina
Oct. 11, 5 - 9 p.m. at MLK Park
Lodge, 353 Court St.
An event designed to expand and strengthen like-minded women to reach their potential. Where Latinas can learn from one another, be heard and engage with leaders in our community.

Latino Documentary
Oct. 17, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Little Theatre, 240 East Ave.
Afro-Latinos, an untaught history
is a documentary about the African
Diaspora in Latin America.
Unidos Bailamos
Nov. 10, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Rochester Riverside Hotel 120 East Main Street.
We will gather to celebrateour heritage with music and
Annual Latino
Student College Fair
Nov. 16, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
High school students will have the opportunity to interact with college representatives from all over the region.

For more information, visit
or email: hispanicheritagemonth@