MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett along with other city leaders announced that ten parks across the city will now offer free Wi-Fi access in underserved communities.
The project was funded by CARES Act dollars and is a partnership between the City’s Information Technology Management Division and other city agencies.
These parks are adjacent to city buildings and will offer free access from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Mayor Tom Barrett said access to the internet is a necessity especially since COVID sent everyone into a virtual learning environment.
"It is our ultimate goal to make certain that every part of this city has both affordable and accessible Wi-Fi connections," Barrett said.
Milwaukee resident Wesley Salverson believes this is a win-win situation for the community.
"If Wi-Fi can bring anybody to a park when they wouldn't have gone before I think that's a plus," Salverson said.
Two more parks will also be getting open-access wireless internet in the near future.
Here is a map of the parks participating in the program: