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Free WiFi to debut at L.A. parks, beaches on Thursday

Echo Park Lake, @GriffithObserv, Pershing Square, Reseda Park, Cabrillo and Venice beaches to get free WiFi

Los Angeles officials Thursday plan to roll out a free public WiFi service at six public city parks, as well as a mobile service to handle service requests sent in from the field.

Visitors to Cabrillo Beach, Echo Park Lake, Griffith Observatory, Pershing Square, Reseda Park and Venice Beach will be able to access the wireless network at designated hotspots, according to the city.

The service, which debuts Thursday, is being called "Oh, Ranger! Wi-Fi." It is supported by a donation from Toyota, according to the L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks.

The city will also launch "m.laparks.org," a mobile service request site as part of the pilot program.

Using the Internet browser on their smartphone, park visitors can log on to the site and submit service requests directly to the maintenance and construction divisions of the parks department.

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