Google announced Wednesday that it will donate more than $200,000 to provide free wireless service to Kirkland’s Everest and Houghton Beach parks.
The donation will cover the cost of extending the city’s fiber network to the parks, the equipment, installation, and maintenance for three years.
“The City of Kirkland very much appreciates all of the ways that Google continues to contribute to the local community and is grateful to Google for this wonderful gift of connectivity,” said Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen in a statement. “Free and accessible access to the Internet from public places is important in our modern age and helps to make Kirkland a special place to work and live.”
Kirkland currently provides free wireless networks downtown and in Peter Kirk and Marina parks. The city had planned to expand the network years ago, but scaled back plans due to the recession.
“Every day, access to the Internet is becoming more and more important for people to get the information or services that they want,” said Chee Chew, Google’s vice president of engineering and Google Kirkland site director, in a statement. “We hope that adding WiFi coverage in Everest Park and Houghton Beach Park will be valuable to Kirkland residents and visitors.”