UNION COUNTY, NJ – Residents can now access the Internet in Elizabeth parks when free public Wi-Fi became available, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders recently announced.

Mattano Park and the Warinanco Park Boat House/Spray Park Area joined 10 other county parks and facilities, including nearby Rizzuto Park in Union, offering free Wi-Fi. The Elizabeth sites are two of six new ones that are added to six established spots in Union County for a total of 12.    

To log on to Union County’s service for Wi-Fi-enabled devices, such as Apple I-Phones and I-pads, Android-based phones and tablets and any other Wi-Fi capable devices, users can find the Wi-Fi settings and make sure it is turned on. They can select “Union County Wi-Fi” as the connection, then follow on screen agreements. To find a local outdoor area with free Wi-Fi, visit www.ucnj.org/wi-fi.

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As a safety feature, users will need to re-login periodically to discourage downloading or streaming of large files that may cause the performance and bandwidth to decrease for other patrons who may be logged on at the same time.

The Wi-Fi program was an initiative of Freeholder Christopher Hudak when he served as Chairman in 2014.

“In today’s interconnected world, it’s important that our residents have the opportunity to stay in touch throughout the day wherever they may be,” said Freeholder Hudak. “We’re pleased to be able to expand this important service.”

The other new sites: 

Ponderosa Park, Scotch Plains.

Conant Park, Hillside.

Watchung Stables, 1160 Summit Lane, Mountainside.

Previous Wi-Fi-enabled sites:

The Union County Clerk’s Office at the Colleen Fraser Building in Westfield.

Nomahegan Park playground, Cranford.

Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside.

Warinanco (Park) Skating facility area, Roselle.

Walter Ulrich Memorial Pool, Rahway River Park.

Wheeler Park Pool and Playground area, Linden.