Governor Cuomo recently announced that Wi-Fi networks are now available free of charge to visitors at Niagara Falls, Jones Beach, Saratoga Spa and East River State Parks. Collectively, these four parks welcome more than 18 million visitors each year and account for 30 percent of all visits across the New York State Parks system.
The free service, called Oh, Ranger! Wi-Fi™, is part of a pilot program made possible through the support of the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid, in partnership with State Parks and American Park Network. The hope is that there will be the opportunity for additional Wi-Fi installations in the future.
The Wi-Fi won’t just benefit park users looking to share photos or access apps and maps; it also provides the opportunity for State Parks to better understand visitation patterns, generate awareness of upcoming programs and events, promote volunteerism, and support Friends groups.
Our own Robin Dropkin was quoted in the news release announcing the free Wi-Fi: “New York’s state parks are in the midst of an exciting revitalization, with visitation at its highest in a decade. With the addition of free Wi-Fi to these flagship parks, our iconic park system will keep moving full steam ahead into the 21st Century.”
To access the Wi-Fi, park visitors simply select “Oh, Ranger! Wi-Fi™” under available Wi-Fi networks on their smart device, then accept the standard terms and conditions. View a demonstration of the new Wi-Fi connection at Jones Beach.