Free Wi-fi For San Francisco From Now On

Funded through a $600,000 gift from Google to The City last year, the Department of Technology spent the past year installing and testing the networks that city officials say are ready for prime time. This also means San Francisco is officially rolling out free Wi-Fi service in 32 public parks and recreation centers.

“Wi-Fi in our city’s parks is another step toward a larger vision of connectivity for our City as a whole, bringing the digital divide and ensuring that our diverse communities have access to innovation,” Mayor Ed Lee said in a statement.

“This network will make the web more accessible than ever for thousands of our neighbors – getting online is as easy heading to the local park,” Rebecca Prozan, Google’s Public Policy and Government Affairs Manager, said in a statement.

Now, people in San Francisco can log onto free City Wi-Fi by choosing the “#sfwifi” option on their smartphones, tablets or laptops.

The plan to expand the city’s Wi-Fi is a continuing effort to improve the quality of life and level the playing field for all San Franciscans by allowing residents of all income levels access to the Internet.

The network is being monitored around-the-clock for performance issues.

Public spaces with free Wi-Fi

  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

NOTE:  Mission Dolores Park and Boeddeker Park are currently under construction; Wi-Fi installation at these locations will resume once construction is complete.

Powering up parks across San Francisco gets people closer to bridging the digital divide by allowing the public to explore apps, share images and access city services on a free and robust Wi-Fi network. Please also share your comments with us.



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