Thumbs up: Huntington parks adding wireless access
In an effort to better prepare for the 2012 Summer Olympics, London expanded free wireless access to many of its parks.
That free Wi-Fi service helped maintain quality mobile phone connections at a time of heavy data traffic and congested mobile networks. But it also showed cities around the world the value of bringing wireless access to parks and public spaces.
Over the past year, parks in New York and many cities and states have followed that lead with public Wi-Fi projects that make it easier for residents and visitors to enjoy the outdoors and still stay connected to their busy lives.
The Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District sees the benefit as well and has added Wi-Fi to Ritter Park and Harris Riverfront Park, with plans to expand to Rotary Park in the near future.
“This is a blend of old and new thinking to attract more people to our parks,” Kevin Brady, executive director of the Park District told The Herald-Dispatch. “We want people to enjoy our parks , but we also know it’s a hectic and busy world.”
The wireless not only makes the parks more convenient, but just like street lights, the instant communication makes the parks safer.
To get the system up and running the district had to purchase several $400 receivers, and the monthly service charge through Kindred Communications is about $90 a month.
That should prove to be a good investment, providing visitors with a better experience and the parks with a new feature to promote.
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