Recreation and Community Centers across the city have a new name. Introducing R-Centers, a bold new take on city recreation. The new R-Centers are more than just a new name, they are a complete rethinking of what it means to be a true community center. It is a promise to Rochester residents to be a positive force in the community that molds and changes lives. R-Centers strive to meet this mission by offering first-rate programs, facilities and professional staff to promote healthy living, education, creativity, self-discovery and positive relationships.
Get an EZ Rec Pass!
One pass gives you access to R- Centers' top-notch programs, fitness facilities, swimming pools, spray parks, ice skating, field trips, youth leadership opportunities and more. To get started, download a registration form and return it to your local R-Center.
R-Center Locations and Amenities
||Address & Phone Number
||3330 Lake Ave.
|Playground, Gym, Outdoor Courts, Game Room, Computer Lab
||85 Adams St.
|Playground, Outdoor Courts, Swimming Pool, Gym, Game room, fitness Center, Computer Lab
||200 Avenue D
|Playground, Outdoor Courts, Swimming Pool, Gym, Game room, Fitness Center, Computer Lab
||524 Campbell St.
|Playground, Outdoor Courts, Gym, Game Room, Computer Lab
||500 Carter St.
|Playground, Outdoor Courts, Spray Park, Gym, Game Room, Teen Lounge, Computer Lab, Community Meeting Space
|David F. Gantt
||700 North St.
|Playground, Outdoor Courts, Spray Park, Gym, Game Room, Fitness Center, Computer Lab, Community Meeting Space, Performance Space
||41 Backus St.
|Playground, Outdoor Courts, Spray Park, Game Room, Computer Lab, Community Meeting Space
| Flint Street
||271 Flint St.
|Playground, Outdoor Courts, Swimming Pool, Gym, Fitness Area, Game Room, Computer Lab
||1045 Atlantic Ave.
|Playground, Outdoor Courts, Spray Park, Game Room, Computer Lab
||455 LaGrange Ave.
|Playground, Outdoor Courts, Game Room
|Pierpont / School # 7
||219 Pierpont St.
|Playground, Outdoor Courts, Gym, Game Room
|Roxie Ann Sinkler
||75 Grover St.
|Playground, Outdoor Courts, Gym, Game Room, Computer Lab
| St. Monica's
||841 Genesee St.
|Playground, Outdoor Courts
| South Avenue
||999 South Ave.
|Playground, Outdoor courts, Gym, Game Room, Fitness Center, Computer Lab, community Meeting Room
|Thomas P. Ryan
||530 Webster Ave.
|Playground, Outdoor Courts, Spray Park, Gym, Game Room, Teen Lounge, Fitness Center, Computer Lab, community Meeting Space, Performance Space
Fall is a Season for Change
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, 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, conveniently located in Cobb’s Hill Park, provides an engaging and nurturing after school environment for city kids in grades K-6. Well-trained and friendly ASIP staff offer fitness, educational and arts activities, field trips, homework help, and a free hot dinner, all in a warm and inclusive atmosphere. This school year, the program will run weekdays, September 8 through June 23, from 2-6:30 p.m. The cost is $55 per week for city youth; $45 per week for siblings. For just $85 per week, youth can attend the program during the winter and spring school recesses from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
For more information and placement availability, call 428-6755.
After School in the Park is a NYS OCFS registered school-age child care program operated by the City of Rochester Department of Recreation and Youth Services.
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 September 9, 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.
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, service learning 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 428-7371.
The Girls Coalition brings together “positive girls doing positive things” with the support of caring female advisors. 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 428-7371, contact your local R-Center, or visit www.cityofrochester.gov/girlscoalition.
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 after school program offered in R-Centers. Invigorating group discussions led by trained certified facilitators help young people prepare for successful adulthood. For more information, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/thrive or call 428-6816.
The ROCmusic Collaborative, inspired by Venezuela’s revolutionary El Sistema 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 or training 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,
ROCmusic @ Edgerton is a new site in 2015 serving 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.
Make a big difference: Volunteer!
The Recreation Bureau always needs and benefits from volunteers at its R-Centers. Make a difference for our urban youth! If you are interested in volunteering, call 585-428-6755 or visit our offices at 400 Dewey Avenue (map). You can also download our volunteer form and send or bring it to 400 Dewey Avenue.