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Date:
October 6, 2006
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831


NEW DOWNTOWN PARK FEATURES WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS

As part of this evening’s dedication of Government Square Park at 10th and “O” streets, City Councilman Jonathan Cook and Mayor Coleen J. Seng sent the first wireless Internet (wi-fi) message from the park.

“The dedication of Government Square Park is a renewal of a wonderful park with 21st century wireless technology,” said Mayor Seng. “Wi-fi is quickly becoming the preferred way to access the World Wide Web. Having wi-fi access in this new park is just one example of how the City is working to increase wireless access around the City.” The wireless access point is provided by the City of Lincoln and Lancaster County in Old City Hall, just west of the park. It provides service generally covering the block between 9th and 10th, and “O” to “P” streets.

The dedication ceremonies this evening also included remarks from Mayor Seng and representatives of the Downtown Neighborhood Association, the Downtown Lincoln Association, the Preservation Association of Lincoln, the City Urban Development Department and the City Parks and Recreation Department. The event was held in conjunction with the “First Friday” gallery walk and featured live music by John Walker, refreshments and a virtual tour and map of the downtown art galleries.

The park features a new central fountain donated by the Duane and Phyllis Acklie family. The park also includes pathways, park benches and landscaping and architectural accents highlighting the surrounding historic buildings. This project was a cooperative effort between the Parks and Recreation and Urban Development Departments and was funded through tax increment financing.

The County-City Building, 555 South 10th Street, has been equipped with free wireless connectivity to the Internet since spring of 2005. The public is able to access the Internet with personal laptop computers at most locations on the first floor, including the chamber where the City Council, County Board and Planning Commission meet.


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