DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Three Dayton Recreation Centers are getting thousands of dollars to provide high speed internet. Spectrum, Broadband Ohio and the City of Dayton have partnered to make sure people of all backgrounds have access to free internet and broadband services.

 Dayton’s Recreation Manager Stephan Marcellus believes people of all ages will benefit using it for things like education or telehealth. 

“They need to access the internet to do school work and even work, but we really didn’t understand the importance of that until COVID hit,” said Marcellus.

For the next five years, $250,000 will fund free broadband and internet services in three recreation centers across Dayton; The Greater Dayton Recreation Center, the Lohrey Recreation Center and the Northwest Recreation Center.

“They can apply for jobs, telehealth services and educational needs,” said Marcellus. “They can bring their own device if they have one or use ours once we have everything installed.”

The city estimates 5,000 residents a month use at least one of the rec centers and now they’ll have even more resources at their disposal.

“The possibilities are endless so we just hope once its all set up we can formally educate everyone what we have and what they have access to, people can use us then for what their needs are,” said Marcellus.

The City’s plan is to have the rec center’s broadband services up and running by the first of the new year.