Free Wi-Fi offered at more Coquitlam parks

You can surf to your heart's content at Coquitlam parks and pools as the city is expanding its service

You’ll be able to play Pokémon Go and surf the internet for free in Coquitlam parks as the city rolls out more wireless services at popular outdoor public spaces.

The area of Town Centre Park east of Lafarge Lake will be first as the enhanced Wi-Fi services are introduced across 14 new locations in 2019 starting this month.

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According to a city press release, some favourite hangouts will have the service, including Eagle Ridge Pool, Mundy Park, Spani Pool and Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex.

Currently, free Wi-Fi is available at 13 indoor city facilities and two parks — including Mackin Park North and other areas of Town Centre Park (Percy Perry stadium, the Inspiration Garden and sports fields).

The Wi-Fi initiative is part of the city’s five-year technology road map that's an effort to make the city more technology-friendly.

In addition, to the expanded free, public Wi-Fi initiative, several other projects using technology are in the works or have been recently completed, including:

• digital parking signage at Town Centre Park showing real-time parking availability;

• interactive touchscreen kiosks, or “Community Information Hubs,” with tourism, city and wayfinding information, starting with a pilot outside the Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station to be launched in early summer;

• a city services mobile app to be piloted in fall 2019, with the first phase providing program registration, event and facility information, customized event notifications, and integration with existing city online services and the Recollect waste collection app;

• virtual reality technology for community planning to engage the public and to visualize the look, feel and impact of proposed developments;

• and video analytics software for smart traffic management.

For the full roll out of Wi-Fi, visit here.


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