City launches free internet in parks, downtown

December 26, 2020
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The Mansfield Connects Public Wi-Fi program launched recently with seven locations around the city where residents and visitors can access free high-speed wireless.

The locations are primarily in parks, although the Wi-Fi will also be available in the Historic Downtown area from Oak Street to The LOT. The first locations include:

•    Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park – 1650 Matlock Road

•    James McKnight Park East – 700 U.S. 287 North

•    Mans Best Field Dog Park – 610 W. Broad St.

•    McClendon Park East – 740 W. Kimball St.

•    McClendon Park West – 799 W. Broad St.

•    Town Park – 500 N. Main St.

•    Historic Downtown Mansfield

Three additional locations are expected to be live by the end of December. Those include:

•    Clayton W. Chandler Park – 1530 N. Walnut Creek Drive

•    Katherine Rose Memorial Park – 303 N. Walnut Creek Drive

•    Michael L. Skinner Sports Complex – 920 N. Holland Road

The City Council approved the pilot program cost of $415,572 with funding from CARES Act allocations to the city. Due to COVID-19-related restrictions and the closure of some public facilities, the council said they recognize the growing need for Internet access in the community. The Mansfield Connects Public Wi-Fi service offers alternate work/learning space solutions. BelWave Communications is the contractor installing equipment at the 10 locations around the city.

To access the service, go to Wi-Fi settings on your device (phone, tablet or computer). Select “MansfieldConnects Public Wi-Fi” to get to the service’s splash page. Once you agree to the terms and conditions, you will be connected to the service. More information is available at

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