Google wants to bring free Wi-Fi to SF parks


Google wants to bring free Wi-Fi to 31 San Francisco parks.

The Internet giant and San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell announced a partnership for the service on Wednesday. The San Francisco Chronicle reports ( ) that the $600,000 gift from Google will cover the costs of the equipment, installation and maintenance of wireless capabilities for two years.

It still has to be approved by the planning department. The parks commission and board of supervisors will also to have to weigh in.

Google already provides free Wi-Fi in Mountain View, Calif., where it’s headquartered, and in a handful of cities where it has data centers. The company announced in January that it was teaming up with a New York City neighborhood business group to provide a Wi-Fi network for about a 10-block area.

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Recreation and Park Department properties that will receive free wireless through a gift from Google:

– Alamo Square

– Balboa Park

– Bernal Heights Recreation Center

– Boeddeker Park

– Chinese Recreation Center

– Civic Center Plaza

– Corona Heights

– Crocker Amazon Playground

– Duboce Park

Eureka Valley Recreation Center

– Gene Friend Recreation Center

Hamilton Recreation Center

– Huntington Park

– Joseph Lee Recreation Center

Justin Herman Plaza

Margaret S. Hayward Playground

– Marina Green

– Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center

– Mission Dolores Park

– Mission Recreation Center

– Palega Playground

– Portsmouth Square

Richmond Recreation Center

– St. Mary’s Recreation Center

– St. Mary’s Square

– Sue Bierman Park

– Sunnyside Playground

– Sunset Playground

– Tenderloin Recreation Center

– Upper Noe Recreation Center

– Washington Square

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