New York Newsday makes the Parks Department's ultimatum to its contractor sound like a firm plan: In May, the city that never sleeps (or unplugs) told its winning bidder for the rights to install Wi-Fi in several major parks that they had to get Central Park unwired by July or lose their contract. They also said that the fees required for the rights would be reduced or removed from future contracts, as that was impeding these rollouts.
Newsday's coverage has no new information, but takes it as a fait accompli that the park will have coverage. They have no quotes from nor mention any attempt to contact the contractor, WiFi Salon, which has had these contracts since Oct. 2004, and has always said they'd use sponsorship to offer free access.
Dana Spiegel of community wireless group nycwireless points out that the article reveals the Bryant Park service cost $18,000 to setup and $1,400 per month to run.
Unless I misunderstand what's happening there, I expect we will see a different headline in August than, "Central Park Wi-Fi up and running." If anyone knows differently, please post in the comments and explain how you know.