More Charleston City Parks get WiFi, thanks to the funding from one couple

Published: Aug. 26, 2014 at 8:30 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 26, 2014 at 8:34 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Thanks to the Speedwell Foundation, 3 more Charleston City Parks now offer free WiFi.

Corrine Jones Playground, Magnolia Park and Garden and Mitchell Playground got the facelift in June after the Speedwell Foundation helped Charleston Digital Corridor and Charleston Parks Conservancy fund the effort.

Charleston Parks Conservancy Executive Director Harry Lesesne said this upgrade is a pilot project and it took about $7,500 to install at each park.

"It aims to increase the usage and connectivity in parks," said Lesesne.

Lesesne said Mike and Jenny Messner started the Speedwell foundation. Their generous donation made it possible to start this trial run and potentially expand the effort.

This fall, officials with Speedwell Foundation, Charleston Parks Conservancy and Charleston Digital Corridor will meet and determine if and when more Charleston City Parks will see "CHSFreeWiFi."

These 3 parks are following in the footsteps of the 3 other parks, Marion Square, Governor's Park and Waterfront Park, that made the upgrade more than a year ago.

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