Did you know Parks & Rec offers free access to 22 public computing centers across the city?
Our public computing centers are open at least 15 hours per week. Each center has an instructor who can assist people of all digital skill levels. Our centers have access to the internet, webcams, and a printer. Three sites even have 3D printers!
The possibilities are endless. Check out the list of things you can do at our public computing centers.
1. File your taxes
Take your taxes into your own hands. Our trained computer instructors can assist Philadelphians with free online tax filing.
2. Continue your education
- Get help with GED prep, homework, college applications, or FAFSA forms.
- We work with PhillyGoes2College and Graduate! Philadelphia to help Philadelphians take the next step with their education.
3. Get creative
- Make music, produce videos, edit photos, and more with creative production software.
- For example, kids from Penrose Playground and Cecil B. Moore Recreation Center produced a short film with Loki films in 2015. The film, “The World is as Big or as Small as You Make It,” was accepted into the Sundance Film Festival.
4. Explore the world of STEM
- Learn new skills in the exciting world of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). For instance, last summer, Youth Engineering and Science taught basic programming and robotics at Tustin Playground.
- Bring your designs to life! There are 3D printers at Kingsessing Recreation Center, Starr Garden Playground, and Tustin Playground.
5. Learn basic computer and internet skills
- All ages are welcome to dive into basic computing skills like email and Microsoft Office.
- Digital citizenship training is available. Learn to deal with internet safety, cyber bullying, data security, and privacy issues.
6. Look for a new job
- Explore the latest hiring trends with resume and job search trainings.
- We serve as CareerLink centers to help people find and apply for jobs.