If you’ve walked through Boston parks like the Rose Kennedy Greenway or Boston Common,you’ve probably seen Soofa benches, which are solar-powered seats that also serve as charging stations.
Now, through another partnership with Soofa and the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics,Mayor Marty Walsh has announced that the “first of its kind” Soofa sign is coming to Samuel Adams park.
The solar-powered sign will be located outside of Faneuil Hall and provide visitors with information on local events and city services, according to the mayor’s office.
“Over the past two years we have been taking steps to improve our city services and make the city more inviting for residents and visitors,” Walsh said in a statement. “”By providing residents with real-time information that is both helpful and easily accessible, we are building on our commitment to providing excellent city services to the people of Boston. The addition of this sign in one of the most historical places in our city is just one more step towards making Boston more welcoming for all who visit.”
The sign will display details about municipal services like BOS:311 as well as providing residents with real-time transit updates.
If residents have other ideas on what the sign should display, they can share them with the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics during an upcoming Twitter idea chat set to happen in the next few months.
Soofa is an electronics manufacturer that was born out of the MIT media lab and is headquartered in Cambridge. Its Soofa bench launched in Boston in 2014 and is now offered in 20 states and five countries.
This Soofa sign in Samuel Adams park makes Boston the first city in the world to pilot the company’s latest development.
“We’re excited to have been chosen by Soofa to premiere their first-ever solar powered E Ink Sign,” said Judy Wang, innovation fellow with the New Urban Mechanics, in a statement.”The sign encourages visitors and residents to engage with each other through the use of social media, and is another indicator of the many city efforts to activate the spaces in which we work, live and play.”
Soofacalls its sign the “bulletin board of the 21st century,” and the city said that this sign is part of a series of projects to activate public spaces in Boston, like the “front lawn” on City Hall Plaza and pop-up pedestrian places in Downtown Crossing.