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Image courtesy City of Kirkland

Previously announced last fall, the city of Kirkland is ready to go live with Google-sponsored Wi-Fi in two of its most popular parks.

Google donated more than $200,000 to Kirkland to install the Wi-Fi network in Everest and Houghton Beach parks. The donation helped to extend the city’s fiber-optic network, purchase and install equipment, and maintain the service for three years.

“This expanded service is such a complement to Kirkland’s character as a vibrant, connected community,” said Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen in a statement. “We are extremely grateful to have Google as a supportive neighbor and appreciate the generous donation they have made to make wireless available in to of our most popular parks.”

Free wireless has been available in downtown Kirkland, Peter Kirk Park, and Marina Park.

“Kirkland’s parks are one of those places where civic engagement happens naturally — we hope that adding Wi-Fi coverage will benefit the community and enhance their experience of all the great things that Kirkland has to offer,” Google spokeswoman Darcy Nothnagle said in a statement.

The city will celebrate Wi-Fi in the parks with a ceremony from 4 to 5 p.m. on July 6 at Everest Park.