MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) — Blue Earth County and the City of Mankato are using COVID-19 relief funds to make technological updates to local parks.
In response to the pandemic, Mankato received nearly $3.3 million in CARES Act funding. A little over 1 million dollars has been allocated to upgrade city resources to accommodate locals’ reliance on technology during this time.
Part of that funding grants access to wireless broadband at seven parks including Erlandson, Highland, Franklin Rogers, Sibley, Jaycee, Thomas and Land of Memories.
Blue Earth County and the City of Mankato hope the new technology will make remote learning easier for those with low-quality broadband access at home.
“It’s a free, accessible Wi-Fi technology that’s available to people in our park facilities. They should be able to find it in all of our parks throughout the community. There may be some small spots that we’re still working on improving that connectivity, but for sure, they should have availability within the community to find that access and that resource at a park or two,” Mankato City Manager Susan Arntz said.
They also encourage folks to get outside while working by making a visit to one of the seven locations.