DPR Launches New Tech Lounges

Three lounges open in rec centers with events geared to Seniors, Teens

Views of the new Tech Lounge at Deanwood Recreation Center. Courtesy: DPR

On Tuesday, the District 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. 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 Recreation Center (1350 49th St NE), Riggs LaSalle Recreation Center (501 Riggs Rd NE) and Hillcrest Recreation Center (3100 Denver St SE).

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 3 p.m., lounges become a safe teen tech hub. This new concept speaks directly to youth while still being accessible to seniors.

Launch events take place throughout December:

  • Thursday, December 7, 2017, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Deanwood Recreation Center
  • Thursday, December 14, 2017, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Riggs LaSalle Recreation Center
  • Thursday, December 21, 2017, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Hillcrest Recreation Center

Event Highlights:

Each event will feature Computer Training and Games (Bingo) for Seniors from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m., followed by a Madden 18 and NBA 2K18 video game tournament for teens from 3:30 p.m. -6 p.m.

Refreshments will be served at all events while supplies last.

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