The City of Orlando was awarded a $20,000 grant from the AARP as part of a Community Challenge initiative that helps fund “quick-action” projects to make communities more accessible for residents of all ages.
The grant will be used to install solar-powered Wi-Fi hotspot picnic tables in historically underserved neighborhoods around Orlando, including in Prince Hall Park in District 6 and Willows Park (Website) in District 5.
The tables will be equipped with Wi-Fi hotspots and charging stations that will allow residents to connect to the internet, charge up to four wireless devices, and power four laptops all at the same time.
It’s estimated that 57 percent of District 6 residents and 33 percent of District 5 residents lack broadband service.
The tables are expected to be installed in fall 2021.