Good news if you live in San Francisco and enjoy a healthy dose of nature: Google is bringing free Wi-Fi to parks in the city.
Thanks to a generous $600,000 donation from the company, 31 San Francisco parks will be getting Wi-Fi, which will remain free for at least two years; after two years, it will be up to the city to front the bill. San Francisco has been trying to cover the entire city with Wi-Fi service since 2007, and though it's still a ways off, this brings residents one step closer to getting there. Google's donation will cover installation and maintenance fees for the project, which will likely start in November and be completed in April 2014.
“[The program will] bridge not only the digital divide but bring the innovative spirit to every community in San Francisco," said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee during the announcement in Balboa Park.
This isn't the first time Google has done something like this: the company has also set up Wi-Fi spots in New York and Boston.
Here's a list of San Francisco parks included in the project:
Alamo Square, Balboa Park, Bernal Heights Recreation Center, Boeddeker Park, Chinese Recreation Center, Civic Center Plaza, Corona Heights, Crocker Amazon Playground, Duboce Park, Eureka Valley Recreation Center, Gene Friend Recreation Center, Hamilton Recreation Center, Huntington Park, Joseph Lee Recreation Center, Justin Herman Plaza, Margaret S. Hayward Playground, Marina Green, Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center, Mission Dolores Park, Mission Recreation Center, Palega Playground, Portsmouth Square, Richmond Recreation Center, St. Mary’s Recreation Center, St. Mary’s Square, Sue Bierman Park, Sunnyside Playground, Sunset Playground, Tenderloin Recreation Center, Upper Noe Recreation Center, Washington Square.
Just watch out for those pesky squirrels.
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