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Free Wi-Fi comes to six parks around Los Angeles

Free Wi-Fi now available at Echo Park Lake, Griffith Observatory, Pershing Square & Venice Beach

Free Wi-Fi is now available to visitors at six parks throughout the city.

Park-goers will be able to connect their laptops, tablets and e-readers to public Wi-Fi networks at Cabrillo Beach, Echo Park Lake, Griffith Observatory, Pershing Square, Reseda Park and Venice Beach.

The city's Department of Recreation and Parks teamed up with American Park Network to install the free Wi-Fi. The system was paid for entirely by Toyota, according to American Park Network Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Mark Saferstein, who said the free Wi-Fi is intended to get more people to enjoy the city's parks.

“It's a way to get families who might not go to a park to go there and share with their friends on social media,” he said. 

The "Oh, Ranger! Wi-Fi" service, as it's called, officially launched Thursday but has been getting tested since July. Park goers will have access to the network at designated spots throughout the parks. In Venice Beach, for example, the coverage area will include Muscle Beach, the skate park and the basketball courts. 

Saferstein said the speed of the Wi-Fi service varies depending on the park, but he said users will have high-speed connections that will allow them to check their email or post a picture to social media. However, park goers shouldn't expect to be able use the Wi-Fi to stream movies.

The program is also launching in various parts of New York, and Saferstein said that eventually it may be expanded to more parks in Los Angeles as well as other cities.

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