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Department of Recreation and Youth Services

Commissioner's Message 

Welcome to the Department of Recreation and Youth Services (DRYS). DRYS is an integral part of the Mayor's vision to be the best mid-sized city. We offer a huge array of youth and family programs and services, all done with a focus on customer service excellence. Our primary goal is to enhance the City of Rochester with youth initiatives such as recreation, youth development, youth employment programs, and a premier park system.  (See our Mission Statements at the bottom of this page.)

Our recreation and community centers provide the best recreation and youth development program opportunities you will find anywhere. We promote asset development, safe havens (Safe Place and Safe Zone), and diversity. Our Youth Services and Office of Employment Opportunities Bureaus are leaders in workforce development by providing education, employment training, and job development services for Rochester's youth and their families. 

We also keep youth safe by providing outreach workers on the streets through our Pathways to Peace program. Pathways to Peace helps channel young city residents toward an array of community resources to prevent youth violence.

In 2011, several of our Department's programs and initiatives--including Recreation on the Move and After School Program in the Park--were included in a National League of Cities report chronicling the nation's best after school programs.

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

About the Department of Recreation and Youth Services

DRYS delivers a multitude of services such as providing youth with opportunities for employment, recreational educational activities, sports and athleticsenvironmental educationhorticulture,  and anti-gang intervention. In addition, we operate 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. It was recently named "America’s Favorite Farmers Market" by the American Farmland Trust for capturing the first-place finish in the 2010 national America’s Favorite Farmers Contest.

You can use the following links to get to the main branches of the DRYS tree:

Commissioner's Office
Bureau of Recreation 
Bureau of Youth Services
Bureau of Employment Opportunities
Public Market
Parks
 

As the chief steward of Rochester's extensive 800 acre park system, DRYS 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:

 

Mission Statement

Office of the Commissioner
The Commissioner’s Office supports the City of Rochester’s One City Vision Statement and its Values and Guiding Principles through management policy and sets goals and performance standards; it also ensures adherence to the DRYS mission statements. It coordinates the Department’s annual budget and capital planning processes; maintains fiscal operations and payroll matters, coordinates the purchasing of supplies, and manages the City Council submission process.  

Bureau of Recreation  

The Bureau of Recreation supports the City of Rochester’s One City Vision Statement and its Values and Guiding Principles through providing quality leisure time programs and services to residents of all ages with an emphasis on youth. This is accomplished by utilizing a youth development philosophy with a focus on competence, usefulness, belonging and power of influence. The Bureau acts as stewards, interpreters and champions of our City’s recreational and horticultural resources including parks, playgrounds, green spaces, and related facilities. It plans and implements capital improvement projects in parks, recreation facilities, and the Public Market.

The Bureau also manages and operates the Rochester Public Market in a manner that: ensures its financial viability, fosters local economic development, promotes and sustains farmers and vendors, and provides consumers with access to a fresh, nutritious, and affordable food service.

Bureau of Employment Opportunities 

The Bureau of Employment Opportunities supports the City of Rochester’s One City Vision Statement and its Values and Guiding Principles by supporting youth in their development into successful, contributing adult citizens by providing workforce preparation and educational support.

This office also manages Pathways to Peace (PTP) which operates a street level team of outreach workers channeling young city residents toward an array of community resources to prevent youth violence and to ensure that these at-risk youth become productive citizens.

Bureau of Youth Services 

The Bureau of Youth Services supports the City of Rochester’s One City Vision Statement and its Values and Guiding Principles by supporting youth in their development into successful, contributing adult citizens by providing support for academic enrichment, youth development, empowerment and other prevention based programs and services.

 

Contact

Department of Recreation and Youth Services
400 Dewey Avenue
Rochester, NY 14613
(585) 428-6755

 

 

 

 

 

 


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