Rochester Recreation Summer Programs 2018

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Rochester may be known for its snowy winters but summer is when the “Flower City” really blossoms. With its beautiful beaches, historic parks, popular R-Centers and a prodigious line-up of summer events, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The City of Rochester’s summer recreation line-up offers so many opportunities to get out and take advantage of the warmer months while learning something new and exploring our city.

Rochester Recreation Summer Programs and Facilities

Summer Camps 

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.

Great Adventures Summer Camp 
Great Adventures Summer Camp is a journey of discovery and exploration which will take your camper on countless adventures in a format never before explored through our Recreation and Youth Services programming. Located at the LaGrange R-Center, youth will have the opportunity to pursue their multifaceted interests in one location and awaken interest in areas they may never have gotten the opportunity to experience. Each week the camp will feature a different theme focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and the arts, exploring their environment and sports. A corresponding weekly field trip will bring their areas of study to life intertwining play and learning in the most interactive, hands- on ways possible.

 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.

*Interested in all? ArtSmart, Great Adventures Summer Camp, and Youth Sports Camp? Sign up for a different camp each week! All Camps are offered for youth ages 6 - 13, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily,
 July 2 - August 24  at the affordable rate of  $100 per week for city residents, and $145 per week for those living outside the city. Additional siblings can join in the fun at a $25 discount. Breakfast and lunch are included.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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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. For more information call 428-6755.

Magnet Programs

R-Centers offer opportunities for youth to explore their passions at “magnet sites” which offer activities centered on focused areas of interest. In these programs, youth 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. Breakfast and lunch are included. Register by calling or visiting any R-Center. Programs run June 25 - Aug. 17, Mon. – Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sports Center 
Youth who play sports do better in school, develop personal discipline and learn how to get along with others. At Sports
Center, youth will explore a new sport each week. Kids learn basic skills through age- appropriate clinics, try fitness exercises, practice as a team, play group games and compete in tournaments. The program culminates with the R-Center “Olympics” at the end of the summer. Available at: Flint Street R-Center. 

Creative Arts Workshop 
Creativity is using the imagination to see the world or solve a problem in a new way—a valuable skill for academics and life. In this arts-infused program, youth can unleash their imagination. Local artists and trained staff will lead daily activities exploring dance, theater, creative writing, music, arts and crafts and more.
Available at: Edgerton R-Center. 

The STEM Explosion 
Exploring STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects with hands-on activities helps youth connect learning to their own lives and the world around them. This program will ignite and expand your child’s interest in science and technology. Available at: Carter Street R-Center. 

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 R-Center. 
ROCmusic Summer Strings Camp
Week 1, June 25 - 29 & Week 2, August 20 - 24.
ROCmusic’s week-long day- camps are free and open to city kids age 6-18. The June Camp Week 1 is open to those who have prior musical training, are currently enrolled ROCmusic students, or have already play a bowed-stringed instrument at their school. The August Camp Week 2 is open to new students who are interested in joining ROCmusic during the upcoming school year.
Applications available online: 

*New in Summer 2018 ROCmusic joins Recreation on the Move mobile R-Center to offer drum circles across the Downtown community. Join for improvisation, dancing, music and more! For more information, visit 
Biz Kid$ 
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! On the final day of camp, youth vie for cash and other great prizes by presenting their business plans to a panel of local business professionals. Many Biz Kid$ graduates have gone on to create successful businesses selling hand-made jewelry, providing pet-sitting, bicycle repair, and landscaping services and more.
Biz Kid$ camp is offered in two, week- long sessions at the Danforth Community Center, located at 200 West Ave., July
9 - 13 and August 6 - 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. 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

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?
Regular Market shopping days are Tuesday and Thursdays (6 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and Saturdays (5 a.m. to 3 p.m.); special events at the Market are listed in the events calendar listings on page 11 and 12 of
this guide.
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.
An Even Better Market in 2018 
While the Public Market is largely an outdoor experience (we have three covered outdoor vending sheds), a brand-new, state-of-the-art fully enclosed vendor building opened in 2017 as part of an
$8.5 million improvement project. A new outdoor covered vendor shed, modeled beautifully after an original structure that was demolished in the 1960s, provides more opportunity for vendors and even more variety for shoppers.
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


(Leagues & Lessons)

Adult Leagues (Ages 18+) 

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. 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 44th season of adult softball leagues at Cobb’s Hill Park. The 2018 season brings more improvements to the program - 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 womens 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, call our office at 428-6755, send an email to rocsportsny@, or check out “RocSports” on Facebook.The Summer softball season begins in May and runs through July. Fall softball leagues run from August until October. Games are played at Cobb’s Hill Park. Cost is $735 per team.
Kickball seasons and pricing vary. More information may be found on the RocSports website at For more information or to register, call RocSports
at 455-7827 or the Bureau of Recreation at 428-6755.
Adult Lessons (Ages 18+) 

Swim Lessons for Adults 
Learn to love the water this summer! Affordable swimming lessons for adults are offered at the Wilson Foundation Academy at Madison. Cost is $20 per six-lesson session. For complete information, call 428-7888 or visit aquatics.
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: May 30 - June 26; June 27 - July 24; July 25 - Aug. 21; or Sept. 5 - Oct. 2. Cost is $99 for eight 90 minute lessons. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. For complete information or to download a registration form, visit tennislessons

Youth Leagues 

Youth Basketball 
Youth ages 13 and under are invited to have fun shooting hoops while developing a sense of sportsmanship, increasing self- esteem and learning self-discipline. Games are played Mondays and Wednesdays,
4-7 p.m., July 2 - Aug.15 at the Edgerton R-Center. Register at the Edgerton R-Center beginning Monday, June 25. For more information, call Tina Langston at 428- 7521.
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 five age groups: 3-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-17. The season runs June through July. For more information, call Nicole Hercules at 305-1136 or Don Corey at 428-7592.
Youth Softball
City R-Centers sponsor two softball leagues for youth ages 8-15 (13U and 14-16) focusing on skill development, team play, competition and fun. Tryouts are not necessary and all are welcome. At the end of the season, teams from all the sites vie for the coveted City Championship on August 14 (Rain date August 15). League members are also invited to play in the family-friendly Rochester Invitational Softball Tournament, August 7 - 9. To register, call or visit your local R-Center. The season begins July 9/10 for each league, Mon.-Thurs., 2 - 6 p.m. 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. The cost is $400 per year for city residents; $575 for non-residents. Summer fees are $100 for PM practice only and $150 for AM/PM practices. Scholarships are available for city residents. The team practices three to six days a week at the Genesee Valley Sports Complex Pool, 131 Elmwood Ave. Register online at
For more information email or call 428-7456.
R-Center Track Club 
A quad-based track club in all four quadrants of the city. USATF age rule guidelines (15-18) apply. Meets will be held on July 19, July 26 and August 2 with a Championship Track Meet held on August 9 at Franklin High School. Additional meets may be available for qualified runners at Penfield High School on Tuesday nights.
Sign up by contacting Demetrius Bennett at Gantt R-Center 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. The team meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 2 - August 8, Campbell St. R-Center. Contact Anthony Calderon at 428-7190.
Youth Lessons 

Summer Swim Academy
The Summer Swim Academy offers free swim lessons for youth ages 6-18 at six different skill levels--from beginner to advanced. Half-hour daytime lesson times vary between 9:30 a.m.-noon, based on skill and enrollment. Evening sessions run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Lessons are conducted at several indoor and outdoor pools around the city. For more information or to register, visit swimlessons. Classes begin July 2.

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. Morning and evening sessions run Monday through Friday, July 9- August 17. Contact Chuck Hazlett at 277-1654 or at chuck.hazlett@, 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: Avenue D R-Center, Flint Street R-Center, Genesee Valley Sports Complex, Clinton- Baden Community Center, Charlotte HS, East HS, Wilson Foundation Academy at Madison and Franklin HS. The City also offers spray features, especially for the little ones, age 6 and under, at the following locations: 4th and Peck Street Park, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park and at the Troup Street playground.

 The City of Rochester’s Recreation on the Move Van is rolling into your neighborhood! 

Spring 2018 (3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.)
  • May 1-4 Ellwanger & Barry and Park Bronson Park 
  • May 8-11 Baden Park and JR Wilson Park 
  • May 15-18 Conkey Corners Park and Tacoma Park
  • May 22-25 Fourth & Peck Park and Jefferson Terrace Park 
  • May 29- June 1  Grand Ave Playground and JP Riley Park
  • June 5-8 Pulaski Park and LaGrange Park 
  • June 12-15 University Ave. Playground and Troup Street Park
Summer 2018 (2 p.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • June 26-29 Fourth & Peck Park and Jones Square Park 
  • July 3-6 Pulaski Park and Aberdeen Square Park 
  • July 10-13 Field St. Playground and JP Riley Park
  • July 17-20 Ellwanger & Barry Park and Bronson Park
  • July 24-27 Conkey Corners Park and Jefferson Terrace Park 
  • July 31-August 3  Grand Ave. Playground and Troup Street Park
  • August 7-10 Don Samuel Torres Park and JR Wilson Park
  • August 14-17 Marketview Lodge and Tacoma Park


Special Events

Flower City Days at the Market 
Sundays, May 6, 13, 20, May 27 & June 3: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Also open over Memorial Day Weekend (Fri., May 25, Sun., May 27 and Mon., May 28)
City of Rochester Public Market 280 N. Union St.
Rochester’s “Flower City” nickname is alive and well at these huge horticultural sales that bring hundreds of area growers and attract thousands upon thousands of shoppers. At Flower City Days, you can join in Rochester’s green revolution by recycling and claiming plant containers of all shapes and sizes. Master gardeners from Monroe County Cornell Cooperative Extension will also be available to answer your gardening questions. Free admission. Want to be a Flower City Days vendor? Call (585) 428-6907 or go to for vendor information, application forms and instructions.
Urban Agriculture Garden Conference
Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, Audubon School #33, 500 Webster Ave.
Join gardeners from around the city of Rochester for a day of hands-on workshops, demonstrations, tours, seed swaps and more. All groups, individuals and skill levels welcome and lunch is provided.
For more information about the event and to register, visit:
Food Truck Rodeos at the Market
Wednesdays 5-9 p.m., April 25, May 30, June 27, July 25, Aug. 29, Sept. 26 
City of Rochester Public Market 280 N. Union St.
Food Truck Rodeo have quickly become a Rochester must-do tradition. Rodeos brings up to three dozen of our community’s creative mobile cuisine trucks to the Market. Local brew and bands add
to the fun. Free admission. For more information visit: foodtruckrodeo.
Flower City Youth Picnic and Planting Day
Thursday, June 7, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Ontario Beach Park, 4800 Lake Ave. 
Each year, thousands of Rochester City School District students visit Ontario Beach Park to plant flowers that they’ve started in their classrooms. They’ve learned more than just how seeds grow--they’ve learned about the importance of plants in our lives. Youth enjoy a day of gardening, free lunch donated by Wegmans, and free rides on the historic Dentzel Carousel. This event is co-sponsored by the Frontier Pioneers.
Celebration of Rochester Neighbors and Neighborhoods at the Public Market with NeighborWorks Rochester 
Monday, June 4, 5-7:30 p.m. City of Rochester Public Market 280 N. Union St.
A public celebration of the neighborhoods and neighbors that make our city strong. Live music, free food, vendors, neighborhood associations and organizations are all part of the festivities. Free admission.
28th Annual Maplewood Rose Celebration 
Horticulture, History and Heritage of the Maplewood Neighborhood
Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 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. The weekend will boast garden tours, horticultural vendors, Maplewood history and gorge tours, garden workshops, live music, wine tasting and much more! For a detailed schedule: www.
Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament 
Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1 Downtown
The Gus Macker Tournament is designed so that anyone can play: male and female, young and old, short and tall, the most experienced or not experienced at all. Maintaining the purity and integrity of the driveway game is the goal. Register at Mail-in deadline June 2, online deadline June 5. For more information call (585) 748-6804.
Beach Bash 
Tuesday, June 26, 5 - 8 p.m. Roger Robach Community Center, 180 Beach Ave.
Get into summer at the annual Beach Bash hosted by the City of Rochester, Youth Voice, One Vision Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council and the Campbell R-Center. City teens ages 13-18 are invited to enjoy music provided by a DJ, dancing, dinner and performances. Admission is $5 at the door, $3 for youth in registered youth groups that attend with an adult advisor. Youth must present school ID at the door.
Rochester Rhinos Soccer Camp Day 
Tuesday, July 10, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
R-Center youth between the ages of 6 and 15 are invited to our first Rochester Rhinos Camp Day field trip. Transportation and a box lunch provided. Come experience a Rhinos practice and autograph session with the players. Interactive games such as bounce houses, speed kick, human foosball plus face painting and a DJ. Each youth will receive an admission ticket to a future game. Additional tickets for parents will be available at a discounted price.
Bands on the Bricks at the Public Market 
Friday, July 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10, 6 - 10 p.m. City of Rochester Public Market 280 N. Union St.
One of Rochester’s most popular concert series, Bands on the Bricks proves that the Rochester Public Market isn’t just for morning people. Free admission. For more information: bandsonbricks.
Rochester Youth Triathlon
Saturday, July 28, 8:15 a.m. (Race check-in begins at 7:30 a.m.) Genesee Valley Park, 131 Elmwood Ave. 
This triathlon is designed for youth ages 6-17. Its Rochester’s only youth-friendly, youth-only, youth-distance triathlon. If you can swim, ride a bike and run or walk, come out and give it a try. Pre-registration is required before 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, July 26. There will be NO registration on race day. To register, call 360-3748, email the race director at, or go to Cost: city residents, $5; non-residents, $15. Cost for Teen Super Sprint: city residents, $7; non-residents, $20.
Gospel Jubilee
Sunday, July 29, 4 - 7 p.m. City of Rochester Public Market 280 N. Union St.
Organized by Elim Sanctuary Choir, this event features several inspirational music groups from around the region. Free admission. For more information
Buffalo Bills Training Camp 
Beginning in mid-July until mid-August, Join one of three City R-Center trips to the Buffalo Bills Training Camp at St. John Fisher College. As part of this field trip, youth ages 6-14 can meet and interact with the Bills players and try skills challenges in the Bills Experience. Transportation and lunch provided. Call your local R-Center to register.
Rochester Red Wings Camp Day 
Tuesday, July 17 at 11 a.m.
R-Center youth ages 6-15 are invited to the annual Rochester Red Wings Camp Day field trip. Come out and cheer our hometown team vs. the Louisville Bats. Transportation and lunch provided. Call your local R-Center to register.
Aqua Fest 
Friday, Aug. 3 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Genesee Valley Park Sports Complex pool, 131 Elmwood Ave.
High school and City R-Center teams will participate in freestyle, back and breast stroke, water basketball, penny diving competitions and more. Participants range from 6 to 15 years of age. Opening ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. with competitions to follow. For more information call (585) 428-7511.
Rochester Invitational Softball Tournament 
August 7-9, Time varies from 9 a.m. -4 p.m. Cobb’s Hill Park, Culver Rd. at Norris Dr.
Youth who participate in the city-wide R-Center softball league are invited to play in this family-friendly season-ending tournament. Families are invited to cheer on the teams. Visit your local R-Center to learn how your child can enjoy summer softball fun. The Rochester Invitational Softball Tournament is free for youth who are members of the city-wide R-Center softball league.
End of Summer Bash
Thursday, August 16, 12 - 4 p.m. Frederick Douglass R-Center 999 South Ave.
Join the fun at the City’s End of Summer Bash. Check out performances, displays and interactive activities showing-off the amazing accomplishments of youth and teens in City summer programs. Enjoy a cook-out style lunch and musical entertainment. Win prizes, play games, try a new craft, bounce in an inflatable and much more! For more information, contact your neighborhood R-Center.
Fourth Annual Bike-In Movie at the Public Market
Friday, August 24, 7:30 - 10 p.m. City of Rochester Public Market 280 N. Union St.
Celebrate the booming bike culture in Rochester by two-wheeling it to the
Market for an outdoor movie with bicycle organizations and businesses. Register for the Public Market’s Bicycle Incentive Program. Food and music. Free admission. Organized in partnership with the Rochester Cycling Alliance. For more information:
(For more on all the bicycle improvements and programs in the Flower City, go to