Charleston park latest to get free wireless Internet service

Harmon Field is on President Street.

Visitors to Harmon Field can play ball, and, now, surf the Web.

The 13-acre President Street park near The Citadel has been upgraded with free wireless Internet access. The Speedwell Foundation, Charleston Parks Conservancy and the Charleston Digital Corridor Foundation partnered on the Wi-Fi project.

According to a statement Wednesday, the first phase provides service to the baseball field, the playground and the areas near the Charleston Development Academy public charter school.

“By adding wireless access in our public parks, it gives people another reason to use and enjoy Charleston’s wonderful parks and public spaces,” said Harry Lesene, the conservancy’s executive director.

Several other public gathering places in the city already offer Wi-Fi.

For instance, Google Inc. and the Digital Corridor Foundation have provided wireless access for White Point Garden, Waterfront Park and Marion Square. A previous $30,000 donation from Speedwell expanded the free service to Mitchell Playground, Hampton Park, Corrine Jones Park, and Magnolia Park and Community Garden.

The Charleston Parks Conservancy and the Digital Corridor Foundation are local nonprofits. Speedwell provides scholarships to students in South Carolina and Pennsylvania, according to its website.

Those three organizations will be adding Wi-Fi next at Medway Park and Community Garden on James Island.

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