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New Tech Lounges Launch at Three Recreation Centers

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

DPR Customer Service: (202) 673-7647
DPR Media Contacts:
Michael Tucker Jr., (202) 487-6453, [email protected]
Gregory Jackson Jr., (202) 714-9550, [email protected]

(Washington, DC) – DC Department of Parks & Recreation (DPR) announced the unveiling of three new tech lounges that serve as the model for the way residents will interact with technology in recreation centers across Washington, DC. Each lounge will have a separate launch event to showcase its complete remodel to the community in December.

“The old concept of a computer lab is dead,” explained DPR Director Keith A. Anderson. “Our new tech lounges are more comfortable and vibrant with bigger screens, and faster internet speeds; making them destinations for technology, learning and fun as opposed to just a place to check email.”

The new tech lounges are located at Deanwood, Riggs LaSalle and Hillcrest Recreation Centers. Each lounge boasts a 65-inch Smart TV, IPads and computers with 27-inch monitors. The décor includes cocktail tables and armless, low back chairs, with sofas and lounge chairs for a more sociable setting. The computer desks are also based on modern concepts.

The visual backdrop of the interior incorporates color-coordinated carpeting and accented walls with graphics. Recreation centers housing the lounges have Wi-Fi connection for better connectivity and the new computers with e-gaming capacity. Beyond computers, tech lounge entertainment ranges from video games to board games.

During the day, the lounges are focused on helping seniors navigate new technology. After 3pm, lounges become a safe teen tech hub. This new concept speaks directly to youth while still being accessible to seniors.

Tech Lounge Launch Events:

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 2pm – 6pm – Deanwood Recreation Center

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 2pm – 6pm – Riggs LaSalle Recreation Center

Thursday, December 21, 2017, 2pm – 6pm – Hillcrest Recreation Center

Event Highlights:

Seniors 2pm-3:30 p.m. – Computer Training and Games (Bingo)

Teens 3:30 p.m. -6 p.m. – Video Game Tournament (Madden 18 and NBA 2K18)

Refreshments will be served while supplies last.

For more information about the launch events and to RSVP visit DPR.events.

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About DPR

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) provides quality urban recreation and leisure services for residents and visitors to the District of Columbia. DPR supervises and maintains area parks, community facilities, swimming pools and spray parks, and neighborhood recreation centers. The agency also coordinates a wide variety of recreation and educational programs including sports leagues, youth development, therapeutic recreation, aquatic programming, outdoor adventure, camping, and senior citizen activities. Adaptive programs and facilities are available for persons with disabilities.