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As construction crews on Monday busily worked on the new Marcum Park, people who were walking around the work zone expressed approval that the city will add free Wi-Fi to the new downtown green space.

“I think people will use it,” nearby resident William Taggart said. “The park will do well. I appreciate what they’re doing.”

City Manager Joshua Smith announced during his State of the City speech on Sept. 22 that Wi-Fi would be added in two phases: this month, and early in 2017. Wi-Fi lets computers, smart phones and other electronic devices connect to the Internet and communicate with one other devices within a given area.

“The public Wi-Fi will provide visitors and vendors (like food trucks) the convenience of a reliable wireless connection while enjoying downtown’s new backyard, Marcum Park,” Smith told this media outlet, via email.

The idea of food trucks is pleasing to nearby resident Anthony Johnson, who lives near the park and said he would love it if there were a plac...

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