By year’s end, Wi-Fi will be available at two Chicago city parks — Garfield Park, at 100 N. Central Park Avenue, and at the South Shore Cultural Center, located at 7059 S.South Shore Drive. The parks are two of the busiest in Chicago.
Garfield Park, with its Golden Dome field house, has a gymnasium, boxing center, and grand ballroom, in addition to many other amenities.The South Shore Cultural Center (formerly the South Shore Country Club) is a cultural facility that has been recognized as a Chicago Landmark (2004) and is also listed on the National Register (1975).
“Wireless Internet service is a necessity in today’s society and it is justified that the public spaces in a global city such as Chicago are connected,” says Chicago Park District General Superintendent Michael Kelly. “The availability of Wi-Fi at these locations allows visitors to enjoy park amenities and the ability to remain connected.”
Google, the online services company, has agreed to fund construction, maintenance, and access to the service over the next three years.
“Google is excited to partner with Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Park District to bring new, free connectivity for Chicago residents,” says Jim Lecinski, Vice President of US Sales and Service and head of Google’s Chicago Office. “This is core to our mission, to make the world’s information universally accessible by enabling more people to get online.”
Alderman Jason Ervin, of the 28th Ward, says the wireless service is a key resource in promoting education year-round.
“This addition will continue to make Garfield Park a growing neighborhood attraction for our West Side Community,” says the Alderman. ❒
[Photo of Garfield Park courtesy of Chicago Park District.]