Because lounging in the park is no longer meant to be an escape from the wired world, NYC mayor Mike Bloomberg has announced a five-year plan to equip twenty of NYC’s parks with free wireless internet access from AT&T.

Currently, areas in Lower Manhattan’s Battery Park, East Harlem’s Thomas Jefferson Park, and the Bronx’s Kilmer Park already offer free Wi-Fi. With Bloomberg aiming to make NYC “the nation’s leading digital city,” the likes of Bronx River Park, Prospect Park in Brooklyn, Central Park and the High Line in Manhattan, Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, and South Beach in Staten Island will soon provide wireless access, as well.

As a result, it’s only a matter of time before MMORPG meet-ups replace LARPing in smoke-free NYC parks.

[via Engadget]