A full slate of summer activities for youth and adults began Mon., June 25 at over 30 City Community and Recreation Centers. Summer recreation programming fills a day-long schedule for ages six and up with nine sites featuring Saturday hours.
Families can enjoy hundreds of activities and special events such as field trips to Seabreeze Amusement Park, Garth Fagan Dance Studio, Rochester Red Wings Day Camp, Buffalo Bills Training Camp and the Monroe County Fair. During the summer of 2006, the Bureau of Recreation recorded more than 130,000 visits to centers and 200,000 visits to city aquatics facilities.
New this year is "ArtSmart," a seven-week summer arts camp for ages 6-13, July 2-Aug. 17 held at the Lodge at Lake Riley in Cobbs Hill Park ($110 per week).
"We're ensuring that our young people continue to have fun, safe, positive activities to enjoy during the summer season and throughout the year," said Robert J. Mayor Duffy. "From sports leagues to cultural, social and skill-building programs, our staff of professional recreation providers reach out each day as role models and mentors to thousands of city youth."
The beach at Durand Eastman Park, as well as six indoor pools, four outdoor in-ground pools, one smaller above-ground pool and two water spray play areas will keep participants cool this summer. Beginning June 25, Durand Eastman Beach will be open from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., seven days a week.
The City's Water Spray Areas, which use fresh, not re-circulated water, will operate through Aug. 17 at the Carter St. Community Center and Humboldt Recreation Center. These exciting play areas offer visitors a chance to cool off around fun spray apparatus.
Indoor school pools are located at the Adams St. Community Center; Benjamin Franklin High School, East High School, James Monroe High School, Thomas Jefferson High School and John Marshall High School. At these locations, Open Swim Sessions are held, 1-4 p.m., Mon.-Fri. Free Summer Swim Academy Lessons (pre-enrollment required), take place 9:30 a.m.-12 noon, Mon.-Thurs. Adult Lap Swim is 12 Noon-1 p.m., Mon.-Fri. and Parent and Child Swim for youngsters ages 1-4 is scheduled 12 noon-1 p.m., Mon.-Fri. The Clinton-Baden Community Center also has an indoor pool. Call these sites directly for their schedules.
Outdoor in-ground pools are available at Genesee Valley Park, Ave. D, Flint St. and North St. Community Centers. These sites offer Free Swim Lessons and Open Swimming. The Genesee Valley Park Pool offers Free Summer Swim Academy Lessons, Mom & Tot Swim, Adult Laps and Open Swim. The Genesee Valley pool charges an admission fee of $2 for adults, 75 cents for ages 17 & under and $1 for seniors with a Good Times Pass. Season passes for Genesee Valley are $25. An annual all-pools pass is $50. The Genesee Valley Park Pool is open through Sept. 7 and the other outdoor in-ground pools are open through August 18. An outdoor, above-ground pool is located at the Webster Ave. Community Center.
In order to train seasonal staff for the busy season ahead, all recreation facilities, with the exception of the Genesee Valley Sports Complex and Durand Eastman Beach, are closed through Sun., June 24 for staff training.
Patrons may obtain schedules and times for neighborhood centers and pools on-site, by calling the Recreation Bureau administration offices at 428-6755, or by visiting the City's website at www.cityofrochester.gov. For the water quality status at Durand Eastman beach, residents may call 753-5887, after 10 a.m.
The City's Bureau of Recreation offers primarily drop-in programming and participants are free to come and go at any time. Recreation staff is not authorized to keep participants on the premises for any drop-in program. A responsible adult must accompany and supervise children under age six.