The Charleston Digital Corridor (CDC) is partnering with Google to provide free Wi-Fi access across six additional public parks in Charleston, bringing the total number of connected Charleston parks to nine.
Charleston residents and visitors can now access the internet at these six parks:
- Colonial Lake Park: 46-54 Ashley Ave. Downtown.
- Corrine Jones Playground: 36 Marlow St. Downtown.
- Harmon Field: 201 President St. Downtown.
- Hampton Park: 30 Mary Murray Drive. Downtown.
- Mitchell Playground: 145 Fishburne St. Downtown.
- Magnolia Park and Community Garden: 720 Magnolia Road. West Ashley.
“We’re delighted to be able to expand our investment in this impactful community service in partnership with the CDC,” said Lilyn Hester, the head of public affairs in the Southeast for Google. “Free Wi-Fi in Charleston’s public parks is a key ingredient in promoting community access to the internet and demonstrates Charleston’s ever-growing reputation as a technology hub in the region.”
Google has given more than $2 million since 2009 to nonprofits and schools in South Carolina and donated more than $450,000 for free Wi-Fi networks in more rural areas of Goose Creek, Moncks Corner, downtown Summerville and Cypress Gardens, as well as Charleston’s Waterfront Park, Marion Square and White Point Garden.
“Google has been a tremendously consistent and valuable supporter for so many of our programs and events for over a decade,” said Ernest Andrade, the corridor’s executive director. “We’re so appreciative of their expanded commitment to support all the existing free Wi-Fi parks. Additional parks are also being scouted to bring free Wi-Fi to even more locations around the city.”