CLEVELAND — If you’re in the Public Square area Monday, you might want to take a look at your phone.
Public Square announced that free Wi-Fi will be available to all visitors starting Monday. The service is provided by Everstream, whose headquarters are located in Cleveland.
The addition of internet also provides a complete technology service for major events on the square, such as when American Ninja Warrior held tapings of its show there last year.
“For this to be here in downtown Cleveland in what is our front doorstep is exciting,” said Dustin Wadsworth, director of digital marketing. “We hope that it’s a means to better connect with our guests and even encourage them to come back.”
Public Square has a long history, originally planned to replicate a traditional New England town in 1796 by surveyors from the Connecticut Land Company. Public Square hosted numerous historical events, including the location of President Lincoln lying in state when his funeral train came to Ohio, and the site of the first electric street lighting in the world in 1879. Over time, Public Square became viewed as primarily a transit depot to connect streetcar riders.
Public Square was also recently named one of the nation’s best public places, ranking fifth on the American Planning Association’s list.