Visitors to the Frick Environmental Center can now access free Wi-Fi, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy announced this week.
Conservancy president and CEO Jayne Miller said the move makes the center one of the first public venues in Pittsburgh with free Internet. “This is an amazing new asset for us and and a fantastic service for our visitors,” Miller said.
The public Wi-Fi access is thanks to a multi-year contract with Comcast NBC Universal.
The $19 million LEED-certified Environmental Center opened in 2016. It is free and open daily to the public.
Made of wood and steel, the building is meant to blend with the 115 acres of the Frick Nature Reserve that surround it.
At 16,440-square feet, it was designed as a living classroom and offers programs that encourage science and nature-related experimentation. The center sees about 70,000 visitors a year.
The Comcast partnership will also provide outdoor Wi-Fi within 300 feet of line-of-sight access to multiple installed hotspots.
Comcast is also supporting digital education and related programming at the center through cash and in-kind contributions of more than $75,000, Miller said.