FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Contact: Department of Technology
Ron Vinson: (415) 581-4003 @ronvinson
San Francisco, CA – The Department of Recreation and Parks and the Department of Technology (DT) today launched free wireless access services for the first time at Mission Dolores Park. Starting with the newly renovated northern section of the park, users will only need to look for the #SFWiFi wireless signal on their laptop, tablet or cell phone devices to get instant access.
“When the northern section of Dolores Park opens, anyone will be able to enjoy fast and reliable Internet connection through the #SFWiFi in Parks project we launched last year,” said Supervisor Farrell. “Free #SFWiFi in one of our City’s most popular parks will add to the resident and visitor experience and make Dolores Park that much more enjoyable.”
The Department of Technology (DT) connectivity team designed, built and will maintain the network.
“Users will enjoy ad-free connectivity with one click access,” said Miguel Gamiño, San Francisco Chief Information Officer and DT Executive Director. “While connected to the #SFWiFi network, users will also enjoy seamless mobility with no requirement to reconnect again at Dolores or any other park, plaza, library and on Market St.,” he adds.
UnitedLayer, a provider of connectivity and data center hosting solutions, also generously contributed 1 gigabit of internet speed that allows users on the parks and Market Street network to reach the public internet.
“As a San Francisco-based company, we are excited to partner with the City of San Francisco to deliver free, ubiquitous and reliable wireless access to our community," said Abhijit Phanse, CEO of UnitedLayer. "UnitedLayer is proud to provide the Internet connectivity needed to support this initiative and it reflects our ongoing commitment to using technology to connect our community, bridge the digital divide and drive innovation."
Mission Dolores is the last park to be connected as part of the “Wi-Fi to the Parks” project where 30 out of 32 parks and plazas were completed in October 2014. The project was made possible in part by a generous gift from Google and Ruckus Wireless.
Individuals will be able to access to the free Wi-Fi network by connecting to the #SFWiFi network. For more information, go to: www.sfgov.org/SFWiFi
A complete list of the 32 parks, plazas and open spaces with free Wi-Fi can be found on Supervisor Mark Farrell’s Board of Supervisor’s website, go to www.sfgov.org/SFWiFi
, and as follows:
1. Alamo Square
2. Balboa Park
3. Bernal Heights Recreation Center
4. Boeddeker Park
5. Chinese Recreation Center
6. Civic Center Plaza
7. Corona Heights
8. Crocker Amazon Playground
9. Duboce Park
10. Eureka Valley Rec Center
11. Gene Friend Rec Center/SoMa
12. Hamilton Rec Center
13. Huntington Park
14. Joseph Lee Recreation Center
15. Justin Herman Plaza
16. Margaret Hayward
17. Marina Green
18. Minnie & Lovie Ward Rec Center
19. Mission Dolores Park**
20. Mission Rec Center
21. Palega Recreation Center
22. Portsmouth Square
23. Richmond Recreation Center
24. St Mary’s Playground
25. St Mary’s Square
26. Sue Bierman Park
27. Sunnyside Playground
28. Sunset Playground
29. Tenderloin Children’s Rec Center
30. Union Square
31. Upper Noe Recreation Center
32. Washington Square
** The south side of Mission Dolores Park is currently under construction. #SFWiFi installation at this location will begin once construction is complete.
Wi-Fi in the Parks compliments the existing free public internet access along the entire Market Street corridor starting in the Castro neighborhood and ending at The Embarcadero, and builds on the effort to increase Wi-Fi access that has been available since 2005 at 28 public libraries, the DeYoung Museum, Legion of Honor, Laguna Honda Hospital, and City Hall. The City has also completed an overhaul of the Wi-Fi network on Treasure Island, which was initially built in 2008. The overhaul has resulted in improved connections and faster and more robust service for over 2,500 residents and small businesses on Treasure Island. The City has been developing a strategic plan to further expand connectivity for the public benefit in various locations across the City, and continues to work collaboratively with organizations and members of the public in ensuring that internet connectivity and high speed internet is accessible for all residents.