Free Cell Phone Charging Stations Coming to More City Parks

Visitors to city parks will now have access to more free charging stations to power up their cell phones and tablets.

The new locations include Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, Prospect and Sunset parks in Brooklyn, and Joyce Kilmer Park in the Bronx. With the addition, there are now 38 of the stations around the city, in more than 20 parks and beaches, under a program supported by AT&T New York.

The solar-powered stations made their debut in 2013. The units absorb and store the sun's power, allowing for recharges at night, or when it is cloudy. All you need is a cord with a USB port.

AT&T New York announced it also will continue to offer free WiFi at about two dozen parks for another five years.  It's been providing the connections since 2011, investing more than $5 million dollars to do so.

Officials say there have been more than 13 million Wi-Fi connections in the past five years, a success they want to build on. 

"We want to have access in as many parks as possible. We get over 130 million visits to our parks annually," said Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver.

"Perhaps AT&T will continue to be that partner but this is a clarion call for other corporations to do the same," said Bronx Borough President uben Diaz Jr.

For a full list of stations, visit nycgovparks.org.

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