PITTSBURGH, PA (October 25, 2021) A newly renovated tech learning lab is now open at Ammon Rec Center in the Hill District. The Departments of Parks and Recreation (Citiparks) and Public Works (DPW) along with partners and the community cut the ribbon today on the new state of the art facility that will serve as one of two new hubs for the City’s Rec2Tech program.
With generous support of the Pittsburgh Penguins and F.N.B. Corporation, the City of Pittsburgh has transformed Ammon Recreation Center’s second floor into a new dynamic technology lab that will serve as a hub for Rec2Tech. DPW completed the $120,000 renovation project that includes brand new interior improvements designed to maximize the learning environment for young people that includes new furniture, carpeting, window treatments, walls, doors and cabinets. DPW also worked with the Department of Innovation and Performance to install brand new wireless technology and expanded networking to support the new tech learning lab and other portions of the recreation center.
As part of a $345,000 grant received from the National Science Foundation and Digital Harbor Foundation last year, Ammon Recreation Center was identified by the City to serve as one of two hub learning environments in Pittsburgh to host Citiparks’ Rec2Tech program to provide access to technology, learn important job readiness skills like coding, artificial intelligence (AI), computer science and inspire creative exploration. Paulson Recreation Center was also identified to serve as a hub through the grant.
Programming for the space will be managed by Citiparks, who oversees the Rec2Tech program, with partners Ozanam and the Josh Gibson Foundation to activate the space with tech learning opportunities for Hill District youth. Rec2Tech is an initiative of the City of Pittsburgh to transform all of the City’s recreation centers into spaces and places where community members can access technology and innovative programming, inc