Citiparks to Launch New Rec to Tech Innovation Series

PITTSBURGH, PA (July 19, 2019)  Citiparks and Mayor William Peduto are excited to announce the kickoff of the pilot class for its Rec to Tech Coding Initiative —PGHcode412. This initiative will happen at the Paulson Recreation Center in Lincoln-Lemington, 1201 Paulson Avenue, 15206, on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and will be executed over a total of 4 sessions.

During this innovation series, youth will learn mathematical skills, problem solving skills, logic and abstract thinking, as it aligns to coding. (Coding is computer language that allows users to develop apps, website and software.) They will start with the basics of HTML, CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) and JavaScript.

“Citiparks, in conjunction with support from our office and other internal departments, plans to introduce technology based programs at four of the City’s Community Recreation Centers by the end of 2020,” Mayor Peduto said.  

While these four locations have not been fully vetted, Citiparks is looking at Jefferson Rec Center and two additional locations to be determined.

Per Max Dennison, PGHcode412 Program Supervisor, “The Mayor’s office began the conversation of connecting kids of all colors in the urban community to 21st Century tech skill sets. By providing a safe space in their community to foster those skills we at Citiparks look forward to fulfilling this mission.”

“Citiparks is excited to bring this innovation technology to Paulson Rec Center. We look forward to learning and growing from this pilot program so that we may help bridge the technology gap in an effort to get kids connected across our City!” said Department of Parks and Recreation Director Ross Chapman.

As the city moves forward with PGHcode412, it is important to keep in mind this program will represent only one piece of our overall Rec to Tech initiative. It will ultimately include Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and additional STEAM programs.



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Timothy McNulty
Communications Director
Mayor's Office