Dix Park to install Wi-Fi-enabled benches through Google partnership

Thanks to a $100,000 grant from a tech giant, Wi-Fi-enabled benches will be installed in Dix Park. These will foster connectivity and accessibility at the historic park.

A rendering of a bench with a Wi-Fi "umbrella" over the seat

Six of these will pop up in Dix Park in 2024 thanks to a grant from Google.

Rendering provided by Aerolina

Dix Park Conservancy received a $100,000 grant from Google to install six Wi-Fi-enabled benches in the historic park. These benches will provide free internet connection to the community near existing amenities like the dog park and two picnic areas.

“The Wi-Fi benches will allow visitors to more fully engage with the park’s many attractions, learn about its history, and discover how to be part of our future development,” said Janet Cowell, CEO of Dix Park Conservancy, in a press release. “It aligns perfectly with our mission to create a transformative public space that enriches the quality of life for everyone in our community.”

In addition to providing connectivity to Raleigh residents, the benches will also serve to measure attendance and usage data for future program planning + Wi-Fi services.

The city and Dix Park Conservancy anticipates the benches to be installed and ready for connection by early 2024.