Riverfront Park Becomes Wi-Fi Hot Spot

Ptera ready to launch site

Sam Song, 509.625.6660

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 3:50 p.m.

Forty-five minutes of free Wi-Fi access per customer will be available daily in Riverfront Park beginning next week, before Hoopfest.

Riverfront Park staff has been working with broadband wireless Internet service provider Ptera for the past year to implement Wi-Fi connections that provide free access for 45-minutes a day, with the ability to purchase additional time online.

The project is being implemented to provide another reason for people to come to Riverfront Park as staff works to enhance customers’ experiences in the park.

Ptera, a Spokane broadband wireless Internet service provider (WISP), was the successful bidder on the project which will be completed in two phases.

The initial coverage area will be a triangle from City Hall to the near corner of the INB Performing Arts Center, to the U.S. Pavilion. That area includes the entire south side of the Park, the Pavilion and the Clocktower meadow. Only outdoor locations will be covered.

About Ptera

Ptera is the Inland Northwest's leader in the wireless delivery of internet service. With over 200 access points blanketing our region, we provide streaming-speed internet to urban and rural locations- most of which are unserved or underserved. Our service has no data caps/limits and the lowest latency in town, even lower than the DSL or cable providers. Our VoIP service offers crystal clear digital phone calls over an Internet connection utilizing your current handset or Cisco office phone. VoIP for business replaces traditional complex and expensive PBX servers with a simple yet robust web interface. We are a family owned business, founded in 2001, located in Liberty Lake, WA.

About Riverfront Park

The City of Spokane's Riverfront Park is considered one of the most scenic urban parks in the nation. With over 100 acres to explore, much of it located on an island, you are sure to discover the magnificent Spokane Falls and River, the Expo '74 Pavilion, 1902 Clocktower, 1909 Looff Carrousel, the Sculpture Walk which includes the Riverfront Rotary Interactive Fountain, giant Red Wagon, garbage eating goat, Vietnam Memorial, Centennial Trail bike path, Havermale Point and inviting meadows and conservation areas. In addition to the abundant scenery, Riverfront Park offers year round fun and entertaining options for the whole family. The 1909 Looff Carrousel, SkyRide Over the Falls, Giant Screen IMAX Theatre, Pavilion Amusement Rides and outdoor covered Ice Palace will engage guests for a full day of opportunities. Riverfront Park is also the host of the largest regional events including Bloomsday, Hoopfest, Pig Out in the Park, 4th of July Festival, First Night Celebration, Pow Wow and the Armed Forces Torchlight Parade. For more information, visit the Riverfront Park page, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.