Free WiFi added in Mountain Park as part of an effort to bring internet to Hamilton’s public areas

William Connell Park in Hamilton has a spray path, playground and now free WiFi.

The city has announced that it will extend its three-year pilot project to provide Wi-Fi in public locations to the mountain park.

It joins Gage Park and Waterdown Memorial Park as the three locations offering the service to date.

“The addition of Wi-Fi in William Connell Park will give all residents access to services, information, online learning and more,” Mayor Fred Eisenberger said in a media statement.

“This pilot project that provides Wi-Fi access in parks creates a more digitally accessible city of Hamilton.”

William Connell Park can be found at 1086 West 5th Street, near Stone Church Road West.

The pilot project was launched at the end of 2021. Wi-Fi is expected to be added in more park locations this year, with the support of a nearly $99,999 grant from the federal government’s Healthy Communities Initiative, the city said.

The press release added that expanding internet access in areas of greatest need could help bridge the “digital divide” that widened during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Free Wi-Fi is already available at 76 city locations, including arenas, recreation centers, municipal service centers and all Hamilton Public Library locations.

Cyrus Tehrani, the city’s chief digital officer, described internet connectivity as an “essential service”.

“The investments to increase the network capacity of the city and to extend Wi-Fi to public areas, parks and new city facilities will not only improve the creation of space, but ensure that free access is available in the places where people gather,” he added. he to it. the release.

The city says it will monitor the rollout of the free Wi-Fi pilot and consider expanding it to other public places in the future.

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