New York City Parks Go Wi-Fi This Summer

The city’s Department of Parks & Recreation in 2003 requested bids for the development of wireless Internet technology in a number of parks throughout the city, including Battery Park, Central Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Prospect Park, Union Square Park and Washington Square Park. A company called The Wi-Fi Salon LLC won the bidding, set up Wi-Fi in Battery Park and is seeking a sponsor to provide the backing to install the service in the others.

The deputy parks commissioner for management and budget, Robert Garafola, said Central Park should be online by July and the rest of those parks in late summer.

Ten parks are already equipped with wireless service including Bryant Park, Washington Square, Park, and Tompkins Square Park.