Pokemon Go-Inspired City Councillor Makes Pitch For Free Wi-Fi at Hamilton’s Gage Park



Matthew Green, the Ward 3 councillor for the City of Hamilton, is pitching a Pokemon Go-inspired experiment to bring free wireless Internet to Gage Park.

In a statement, Green, who will put forward a motion asking for a feasibility study on the Pikachu-powered pilot, said:

“Pokémon trainers from far and wide have been gathering in Gage Park in their quest to catch ’em all. In the process, they’re enjoying one of southern Ontario’s best green spaces.

You can tell when someone is playing the game versus someone walking down the street checking texts and emails,” he said. “It’s a different type of stagger. At night, with the glow of the devices on the faces of the hunters, I am reminded of zombies staggering about.”

Green said the inspiration for the motion came from watching hundreds of people, young and old gather in the east-end park to play the popular game on smartphones last week. Gage Park is one of the city’s most popular spots to catch virtual creatures in the location-based game. Green said he’s happy that Pokemon Go has attracted so many visitors to the area.

Long-term, Green argued, there is a case to make Wi-Fi available in parks, along major transit corridors and even at bus stops. The board member for City Housing Hamilton also wants to explore making such service available at municipal social housing facilities.

Green’s motion proposes to use non-tax-levy funding, such as lease revenues from telecommunications towers in the ward, to test-drive free Wi-Fi in Gage Park. The city actually studied but ultimately recommended against a plan to extend Wi-Fi coverage to some or all parks in 2013.

Right now, the city provides free Wi-Fi at 133 sites, including libraries, community centres, offices, City Hall and even some public works yards, but not specifically at parks. The 2013 report estimated it would cost close to $90,000 to extend Wi-Fi coverage across Gage Park, which has a greenhouse with fibre-optic cable access. A single access point would cost closer to $5,000 to install.

[via CBC]


  • MGSayah

    There we go again with the Pokemon articles… This is getting extremely ridiculous. Gary, why dont you create a new website “PokemonInCanada” or something.

  • Mark Ritter

    I said the same thing last week, as I find it preposterous to keep reporting that silly app.
    Gary, if you feel strongly about that silly app, maybe you should consider creating a separate site for it, or at least create a separate tab for it on this site next to the Main/Deals/etc .. That way the fans can get their fill of the app news, while the rest of us have the site we used to have.

  • Sarge

    I have to agree, I’ve been coming here for years and it’s the 1st time I’ve been quite annoyed with the site. Like Mark said, even a separate tab or something or an option to at least filter it out would be great. We almost had the 1st page without an article and then this one hit haha.

    Please don’t take it the wrong way Gary, I really do love this website! Just a small change would make it that much more enjoyable for many of us

  • Joseph P

    Can’t you just not read the articles you don’t like though? I come to this website often as well and I just screen article titles and read the ones I want. I read maybe 10% and I am fine with that. Many of the ones that aren’t of interest to me are also based an app, for example all kinds of articles about different groups supporting applepay and articles about uber and taxi drivers which are not of interest to me. However, I understand the site is not made just for me and so I don’t try to force Gary to remove the ones I don’t like but, instead, I appreciate being able to read the ones I do like and I understand that others have different interests that me.

  • Don’t worry, the new site is underway!


    Guys, love the feedback, don’t worry, we’ll keep the Pokemon news coming. But seriously, some people really like the news and some don’t. We can’t please everybody, but will continue to share news we find interesting with you all. Thanks for reading.

  • jenker

    Many of us like the centralization of news articles on one site. You’re not forced to read articles you don’t want to so why do you? Are you a victim of the internet or in control of what you choose to see/read/do? I can understand your comment if all articles were forced upon you against your will so unless you’re a prisoner of the internet, you’re just being a selfish troll.