Recreation Bureau

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The Recreation unit offers all city residents a wide variety and volume of facilities, programs, and events.


57 St. Paul Street, Rochester, NY 14604
(585) 428-6755

Mission Statement

The Recreation unit supports the City of Rochester's One City Vision Statement and its values and guiding principles by 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, recreation centers, playgrounds, green spaces, and related facilities. It plans and implements capital improvements projects in parks, recreation facilities, and the Rochester Public Market. The Bureau manages and operates the Rochester Public Market in a manner that ensures its financial success, fosters local economic development, promotes and sustains farmers and vendors, and provides consumers with access to fresh, nutritious, and affordable food. 

Places to Go 

Parks, Trails
Waterways, Beaches
Rochester Public Market
Pools, Beaches, Spray Parks
Skating Rinks
 Athletic Facilities (new page coming soon) 
Lodges, Auditoriums, other facilities for rent

Things to Do

Visit R-Centers


Play with Recreation on the Move (mobile recreation center)
Go Swimming, Cool Off at Spraygrounds
Hit the fields and courts through our Athletics and Sports  
Get into the Green with Nature Activities
Cultivate with Gardening and Horticulture
Embrace Winter with Ice Skating
Get Civic with Youth Voice One Vision
Learn business with BizKid$
Create all summer long with ArtSmart
Join us after the bell with After School in the Park  
Hit the Trails
Sample the City's many Playgrounds
Check out our Annual Citywide Events, Celebrations, Festivals
Rent One of Our Facilities for Your Event!

Make a big difference: Volunteer!

The Recreation Unit always needs and benefits from volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, click here to download our volunteer form.  For questions or more information, call 585-428-6755.