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SAN ANTONIO (June 29, 2017)—San Antonio residents can now stay connected to the Internet from their laptop, smartphone, tablet and other mobile devices while spending time outdoors in parks across the city. The Office of Innovation and the Parks and Recreation Department announced the first half of 10 parks that will be equipped with Wi-Fi hot spots.
“Access to free Wi-Fi at City parks gives park users a new experience while connecting with the great outdoors,” said Xavier Urrutia, Parks and Recreation Director. “This Smart City initiative allows residents to easily access City resources online and still connect with neighbors and nature.”
City Council chose 10 parks to be enabled with Wi-Fi. Connected parks will have a “Wi-Fi in the Park” logo posted in visible areas, and a step-by-step process to access Wi-Fi will appear on smart devices that attempt to log on.
City of San Antonio Parks slated for Wi-Fi access:
- Palm Heights Park*
- Friedrich Park*
- Pearsall Park*
- San Pedro Springs Park
- Harlandale Park*
- Cuellar Park
- Woodlawn Lake Park*
- Walker Rach Park
- Lady Bird Johnson Park
- Pittman-Sullivan Park
*Wi-Fi currently installed
Wi-Fi in the park was included as a Smart City project in the City’s FY 2017 budget, part of an effort to enhance the way residents use community spaces and interact with the environment.
“This Smart City initiative helps bridge the digital divide in our city by providing more access to public WiFi where people already visit,” Chief Innovation Officer Jose De La Cruz said.
The City will be able to gather anonymous data from each Wi-Fi access point, such as the number of users and the amount of time spent online. The Office of Innovation, along with other City departments, is building a smarter city that focuses on increasing access to public Wi-Fi, improving sustainability, enhancing transportation along congested corridors and giving residents better options to interact with local government.
The City of San Antonio’s Smart City program aligns with the SA Tomorrow initiative and focuses on three major focus areas: Transportation, Sustainability and Digital Connected Living. The recommended focus areas were supported by City Council through the allocation of approximately $8 million new Smart City projects as part of the FY 2017 Budget.