Fall 2017 Recreation Programs


Every Leaf a Flower

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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, conveniently located in Cobb’s Hill Park, and provides an engaging and nurturing after school environment for city kids in grades K-6. Well-trained and friendly 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 11 through June 21, 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.

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, 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 428-6360.

Girls Coalition
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.

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 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, 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 7 p.m. till close. Remember, families who play together, stay together.

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.

Stardust Ballroom Series
Step back in time and dance! The elegant Edgerton R-Center Stardust Ballroom offers a ballroom dance series featuring terrific live music on select Tuesday nights at 7 p.m., November through March. Admission is only $3.00. For more information, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/ballroomdanceseries.

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R-Centers Locations and Amenities2017FallR-Centers

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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
Flower City Indoor Soccer is a free co-ed program that offers high quality soccer instruction to city youth ages 3-17. 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, call or stop by your local R-Center.

Select Soccer
New this fall, a Co-op for select soccer players at Pinnacle Athletic Campus with Nicole Hercules and Rochester Junior Soccer League from Humboldt.

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 help kids build skills and learn teamwork. Practices will take place at local R-Centers. Register at your local R-Center from August 14 to September 23. Games will be played at Edgerton Park. Players ages 13-15 begin on 9/19 and play on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 p.m. Players ages 12 and under begin on 9/20 and play on Wednesdays at 5, 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Coaches and volunteers welcome. For more information, call 428-6755.

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 August 1. Program begins December 4 and ends April 21st, 2018. 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, November 6. Season begins Tuesday, December 5. Games are played on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Carter Street R-Center, Thursdays at the Frederick Douglass R-Center; 5:30, 6:30 or 7:30 p.m. There is no charge for this program. For more information, call 428-6755.

Rochester Accessible Adventures
New opportunity in Fall of 2017 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 $96 for eight 90-minute lessons. Morning and evening classes are available September 6 through October 3. Lessons run Tuesdays and Thursdays at Genesee Valley Park; Mondays and Wednesdays or Saturdays and Sundays at Cobb’s Hill Park. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required on or before September 8. For more information or to 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! Offered by M.A.J.E.S.T.I.C. Total Fitness, 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 Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6-8 p.m.
Flint Street R-Center
Line Dancing, Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m.

For more information, visit www.majesticworkout.com or contact Jackqulyn Snowden-Brown at jsnowdenbrown@gmail.com

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 (Formerly known as South Ave.), Avenue D and Flint Street R-Centers. 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 for times and equipment availability.

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, warming shelter with heated floor and fireplace, and up-to-date sound and lighting system. Watch for special events throughout the season which begins on Sunday, November 19 (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 428-7888.

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 New in Fall/Winter 2017 “Sled Hockey”. The ice rink can also be rented for events, birthday parties, and more. The rink opens for the season on Sunday, September 10th and closes Sunday April 8, 2018. Adults interested in leagues should call 428-7888.


GVP Rink Special Events:
  • Haunted House Open Skate
    Fri. 10/27; Sat. 10/28 & Sun. 10/29, 7-9 p.m.
  • River Romance Skate
    Sat. 10/7, 5-7 p.m.;
Sun. 10/8, 1:00-2:15p.m., 2:30-3:45 p.m., 4-5:15 p.m. & 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Columbus Day Family Open Skate
    Mon. 10/9, 12-1:15 p.m. and 3:15-4:30 p.m.
  • Skate and Salute
    Fri. 11/10, 10:30-11:45 a.m. and Noon-1:15 p.m.
  • Skate with Santa

    Sun. 12/17, 1-2:15 p.m. and 2:30-3:45 p.m.


Adams St. Indoor Pool
The Adams Street R-Center boasts a beautiful, heated indoor pool which is open year-round. It’s a great place to have fun in the water, learn to swim, get in shape or hold your next birthday party. The pool also hosts family fun nights, a lifeguard prep course for teens, and the Rochester Rapids, a competitive swim team for kids from 6-21 years old. The pool reopens on Sept 11. For more information, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/adamsstreet or call 428-7456.

Clinton Baden Indoor Pool
This 25-yard, six-lane indoor swimming pool has recently undergone major renovations to improve lighting, ADA accessibility and other improvements. For more information, call 325-4910.

Genesee Waterways Center
This fall, 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 September, but weekend rentals will be available into October (except October 7 and 8, 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.


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Special Events regatta

Rochester recreation offers a variety of special events to promote our parks and trails, offering free family fun and increasing awareness of our environment while highlighting Rochester’s history and heritage.
Annual Rochester River Challenge
Saturday, Sept. 16 beginning at 8:45 a.m., Genesee Waterways Center
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.

Artist Row
Sunday, Sept. 17. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.,
City of Rochester Public Market
Artist Row is not just your average art show. With over 180 new and emerging artists this event truly showcases the creativity of our community. For more information, go to www.artistrowrochester.com, contact Friends of the Public Market at 428-7292 or e-mail marketfriends@rochester.rr.com

Punt, Pass and Kick

Wednesday, Sept. 27, location: TBD
NFL PP&K, the NFL’s oldest grassroots initiative, is designed to let kid’s ages 6-15 learn football fundamentals in an engaging and supportive non-contact environment. There are five age categories for both boys and girls: age 6-7, age 8-9, age 10-11, age 12-13 and age 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, visit www.NFLPPK.com.

Genesee River Romance: Rediscover the River
Friday, Saturday and Sunday; Oct. 6, 7 & 8
A weekend to experience the Genesee River’s importance to our community.
All events are free unless otherwise noted. For a complete schedule, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/riverromance.

Haunted Hay Rides in the Gorge
Saturday, Oct. 7, 6-9 p.m., Maplewood Park
Bring the whole family on a spooky descent into the Lower Gorge aboard a tractor drawn wagon. Scary enough to be fun for everyone, but still kid-friendly.  Pre-registration required for hay ride. Tickets are available at City Recreation Administration Office, 400 Dewey Ave. or at the Maplewood YMCA, 25 Driving Park Ave.

Pumpkins in the Park 5K
Saturday, Oct. 28, Cobb’s Hill Park, Lake Riley Lodge
Win by speed or costume! Before you go out to trick-or-treat, put on your costume and run in this family-friendly USATF Certified Halloween 5K; kids’ distances include 1/4 mile, 1/2 mile and mile. A portion of proceeds goes to 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 or stop in to your local Fleet Feet store.

Halloween Eve at the Market
Sunday, Oct. 29. 4-7 p.m.,
City of Rochester Public Market
A new addition to the Market special events series provides an extra, bonus dress-up and trick or treat opportunity for families.
For more information, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/halloweeneve.

Post-Thanksgiving Family Fun Day

Saturday, Nov. 25
R-Centers across the city will host special events 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.

Holidays at the Market
Sundays: Nov. 26, Dec. 3 &Dec.10, 9a.m. - 3 p.m., City of Rochester Public Market
A Rochester holiday tradition for over 20 years, Holidays at the Market features dozens of holiday-focused vendors (trees, decorations, holiday foods and crafts, gifts, and much more), free carriage rides with Santa, cookie decorating and more. For more information, visit

Hispanic Heritage Month Events 2017SpecialEvents
Sept. 15 - Oct. 15 - Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a series of events that highlight Latino culture. All events are free except the Latino Golf Tournament and Gala Night.


  • Latino Golf Tournament “Vamos a Jugar Golf”
    Sat., Sept. 9, 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! Lunch, prizes and a Delmonico steak dinner are included. Proceeds will benefit the Latino Scholarship Fund and HHM events. Co-Sponsored by Rochester Pawn & Gold.
  • Latino Art Art Gallery
    Sept. 12 – Oct 23. City Hall, 30 Church St.
    Cultural Reflections: Exhibiting Our Latino Treasures. Art work will be on display.
  • National Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff
    Sept. 15.,noon – 2 p.m. City Hall, 30 Church St.
    Join us for the kick-off reception while enjoying music and sampling delicious food. This event will be held outdoors and is open to the community.
  • Honoring our Abuelitos
    Sept. 21., 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (TBD)
    Our grandparents are appreciated and deserve to be honored. Join us in recognizing our “Abuelito“ for the sacrifice, wisdom and unconditional love they have shown us. Enjoy live music, Spanish cuisine and the crowning of the 2017 Abuelito and Abuelita of the year!
  • Latino Art Art Gallery Reception
    Sept. 26., 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. City Hall, 30 Church St.
    Come enjoy music and refreshments as the participating artists are recognized. Must RSVP at 428-6829
  • Youth Theatre Night
    Sept. 29., 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
David F. Gantt R-Center, 700 North St.
    Who can resist a lively night of Latin Theatre and storytelling? Celebrate Hispanic culture with unique preformances and creative narratives. Refreshments and delicious Latin pastries will be provided.
  • Youth Gala
    Oct. 5., 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Stardust Ballroom, Edgerton R-Center, 41 Backus St.
    This is a perfect opportunity for Rochester’s Latino youth to gather and celebrate our culture while enjoying a formal dinner.
  • Rise Up Latinos
    Oct. 12., 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Port of Rochester, 1000 N. River St.
    This event is geared to empower men and women through-out the community. Enjoy inspiring guest speakers and visit informational booth including health, education, domestic violence and grooming tips. Participants receive gift bags and refreshments will be provided.
  • Latino Gala Night
    Oct. 14., 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Rochester Riverside Convention Center,
123 E. Main St.
    On this prestigious night, Rochestarians of all ethnicities will gather to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Enjoy an elegant sit-down dinner and dance the night away to the sounds of a live Latin band!
  • 6th Annual Latino Student College Fair
    Oct. 20., 10 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Blue Cross Arena, 100 Exchange Blvd.
    High School students will have the opportunity to interact with College representatives from all over the region. Students may participate in informational panels and the HHM committee will present the winner of the Dr. Emeterio M. Otero-Academic and Community Excellence Award. Lunch will be provided.

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

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