Starting later today, Friday, July 14, visitors to Bronson Park will be able to take advantage of free public Wi-Fi. This new amenity will go live during Lunchtime Live! and remain available to everyone within the park moving forward.
Mayor Bobby J. Hopewell will announce the new service today at noon from the Rotary Stage.
“Access to the services and information available on the internet is increasingly becoming less of a luxury and more of a necessity in our lives, whether we’re applying for a job, paying our bills, or studying for class,” said Mayor Hopewell. “We are excited to start offering Wi-Fi in Bronson Park, but this is only the first step in the work ahead to ensure that every resident of our city has access to these resources.”
Beyond providing access for park visitors, connectivity will enhance events that take place in the park.
“Public Wi-Fi in the park will be absolutely fabulous when we have our concerts on Thursdays and Saturdays,” noted Beth McCann, Deputy Director of the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo. “The audience can connect to social media, share pictures and video, and invite their friends on the spot.”
She continued, “Wi-Fi would also be fabulous for commerce. Whenever there is an art show, fair or festival and someone needs to run a credit card, having Wi-Fi would help facilitate that transaction.”
“Due to its central location, frequent events, and proximity to City Hall, Bronson Park was a logical place to pilot public Wi-Fi,” explained Tim Clark the City of Kalamazoo’s Chief Information Officer, “but we are planning to offer this service at other locations as part of a broader effort to connect our community and invest in 21st century infrastructure.”
Wi-Fi was among the amenities requested during the Bronson Park Master Planning Process that took place in 2015. A capital campaign is currently underway to raise funds to make the more extensive improvements outlined in the plan.
Residents are encouraged to attend Lunchtime Live! to enjoy lunch in Bronson Park and take of advantage of this new free service today, and during all future visits to the park.