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City to provide free Wi-Fi at recreation, Healthy Active Living centers


The City of Pittsburgh Department of Recreation (Citiparks) and the City of Pittsburgh Department of Innovation & Performance have announced free Wi-Fi will be installed in 22 City of Pittsburgh Community Recreation and Healthy Active Living Centers.

“Providing Wi-Fi in city facilities is another step along the journey towards inclusive innovation,” said Mayor William Peduto. “This is a great example of our commitment to narrowing the digital divide between the diverse communities of Pittsburgh and I’d like to commend Chief Debra Lam, Director Jim Griffin and their staffs and our partners in this project for their tireless efforts to make this possible.”

At each location, Pittsburghers will now be able to connect to the free Wi-Fi via laptops, smartphones, tablets and other Wi-Fi enabled devices while simultaneously experiencing all that Citiparks facilities have to offer.

“Having free Wi-Fi access in our facilities will not only enable our Citiparks staff to be more efficient by providing more tools to manage our Community Recreation Centers and Healthy Active Living Center (Senior Center) programs, it also offers connectivity for our youth and senior populations who may otherwise have limited Internet access,” said Department of Parks and Recreation Director, Jim Griffin.

With the help of a grant from the Grable Foundation ($11,500) and a partnership with Comcast and the Neighborhood Learning Alliance, Citiparks will offer classes -- Internet Essentials, Career Preparation -- to youth, seniors and families throughout the city to further bridge the digital divide.

As a partner in the project, Comcast is offering a discount on monthly billing statements at each location.

In September 2015, the City of Pittsburgh released the Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation, a strategic plan that will support equitable access to technology, City resources, and information.

“Whether you’re chatting with friends, tweeting about a special event, or searching for employment or training opportunities - technology is changing the way we work, play and communicate in our parks and facilities,” said Chief of Innovation and Performance, Debra Lam. “We are excited to launch the Wi-Fi project and hope to have more opportunities for inclusive, innovative resources in the future.”

The following South Pittsburgh Community Recreation and Healthy Active Living Centers will have free Wi-Fi: Community Recreation Centers: Arlington, 2201 Salisbury Street; Ormsby, 79 South 22nd Street; Phillips, 201 Parkfield Street; and Warrington, 329 Warrington Avenue.

Healthy Active Living Centers: Mt. Washington, 122 Virginia Avenue and South Side Market House, 12th and Bingham streets.

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