Partnership Brings Free Wi-Fi Service to Hedges-Boyer Park

Tiffin, Ohio— Free Wi-Fi will soon be available at Hedges-Boyer Park thanks to a partnership between the city of Tiffin and the University of Heidelberg made possible by local telecommunications provider Bascom Communications.

Nate Brickner, Managing Director/CEO of Bascom Communications, worked with the University of Heidelberg and staff from the City of Tiffin’s Parks and Recreation Department so that the city could provide Wi-Fi at Hedges-Boyer Park . Bascom had worked with HU to bring internet services to football, baseball and softball fields, enabling Wi-Fi connectivity at the ballparks as well as the ability to stream games live from these locations. By extending HU’s service, the City of Tiffin was able to have the service installed at a significantly reduced cost.

In 2020, Bascom launched Community Connect, a free Wi-Fi service in downtown Tiffin. The service will be the same at Hedges-Boyer Park, users will be able to access their phone’s Wi-Fi settings and connect to the “Community Connect” network. Users will see an advertisement or watch a short video from a local advertiser, then enjoy free access for up to one hour of internet connection with no renewal limit. Plus, there are paid options for faster speeds and up to a month of service, with details to be found when logging in. The service has security measures in place to ensure safe browsing. As Bascom installs the new service in the park, they also need to upgrade the Community Connect network in downtown Tiffin, so that they run on the same system.

Brickner said: “I am delighted to expand our current relationship with the city and Heidelberg on these new projects. We are pleased to be able to be a trusted local partner enabling us to help them achieve their individual goals and visions through collaboration on projects such as these, providing a win/win scenario for everyone involved. It also provides more opportunities for those who live and work locally through further expansion of fiber optic facilities and free Community Connect Wi-Fi.

Kurt Huenemann, Associate Vice President for Information Resources at the University of Heidelberg, said, “The University is pleased to partner with the city and Bascom Communications to pool our resources and expand the Internet access at our baseball, softball and football fields and at Hedges-Boyer. Park. Collaborative projects like this, the result of which represents significant savings for all parties, would not have happened without this healthy spirit of cooperation.

“I am grateful for the partnership between the University of Heidelberg and Bascom Communications to make this project a reality,” said Bryce Kuhn, director of Tiffin Parks. “Hedges-Boyer Park offers so many amenities, from the walking path to the pool and the new inclusive playground, and that’s just another perk we can now offer our residents.

Mayor of Tiffin, Aaron Montz said, “Since our successful partnership with Bascom Communications to provide community Wi-Fi in downtown Tiffin, I wanted the opportunity to expand it to other neighborhoods in the city. With the cooperation of Bascom and the University of Heidelberg, we are now able to do just that and at a reduced cost to the taxpayer. »

Hedges-Boyer Park is Tiffin’s community park, consisting of 78 acres of parkland crossed by a stream and bridging the gap between Coe Street and Summit Street. The park includes picnic shelters and tables, various ball fields and courts, an 18-hole disc golf course, a playground, a music pavilion stage allowing for community concerts and performances, and a community pool. Hedges-Boyer hosts many special events throughout the year that will also benefit from the Community Connect Wi-Fi service.

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