Department of Recreation and Human Services

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 Click here to access our new R-Central online system to view, enroll, and pay for recreation programs/activities and rent city facilities!    

 Commissioner's Message 


Welcome to the Department of Recreation and Human Services (DRHS). DRHS 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.

Our R-Centers provide the best recreation and youth development program opportunities you will find anywhere. We promote asset development, safe havens, and diversity. Our  Youth Services Unit  is a leader in workforce development by providing education, employment training, job development and life skills training services for Rochester's youth. 

The Office of Crisis Intervention Services provides a comprehensive, community-based response to support victims and families dealing with homicides, mental health, domestic violence, and other related crisis.  

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.  In 2021, DRHS launched the the first indoor training center "R-Training Center" of its kind within the Rochester city limits serving Rochester youth!  The R-Training Center adjacent to the Rochester Community Sports Complex features both turf and court sports with several modern training equipment.

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

 Dr. Shirley Green, Commissioner

 About the Department of Recreation and Human Services

DRHS delivers a multitude of services such as providing youth with opportunities for employment, recreational educational activities, sports and athleticsenvironmental education, and horticulture. In addition, the department recently added the Office of Crisis Intervention Services to support victims and families dealing with homicides, mental health, domestic violence, and other related crisis.  DRHS also operates 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 DRHS tree:

     Youth Services
 Crisis Intervention Services 
  Public Market and International Plaza
  Animal Services 

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



Department of Recreation and Human Services
57 St. Paul Street
Rochester, NY 14604
(585) 428-6755

   Click here to view DRHS Leadership Team