In an ongoing effort to bridge the digital divide, the City of Edmonton was proud to take a seat and work in partnership with TELUS to provide Edmontonians with 10 new Soofa Benches. These benches, which TELUS has generously provided at no cost to the City, were placed in key public areas and parks across Edmonton to encourage healthy living and improve neighbourhood safety.
To promote these new benches, the City and TELUS held the #SoofaSelfie Contest: How do you recharge? Edmontonians (and visitors) were encouraged to go out to one of the benches and take a selfie of themselves “recharging their batteries” while charging their phones — making sure to get the Soofa Bench in the shot.
In addition to the two benches installed last year, “Winston” at Churchill square and “Soofia” in the Muttart Conservatory courtyard, Edmontonians are invited to find their favourite Soofa Bench at their neighbourhood parks. These ten new benches also boast free TELUS Wi-Fi hotspots and are located in:
Jackie Parker Park - two benches, near playground and new ice rink
Castle Downs Park - near playground
Kinsmen Park - two benches, near playground
Coronation Park - two benches, near TELUS World of Science and in Coronation Park proper
Hawrelak Park - near paddleboat pavilion
Victoria Park - near picnic tables in NE corner
Wilbur McIntyre Park - south facing near 83 avenue
The City and TELUS are working together to promote healthy living, having community members both recharge themselves and their phones while enjoying our beautiful outdoor spaces. Edmontonians (and visitors) were invited to recharge at any of the 12 locations listed above and snap a selfie, featuring the Soofa Bench, and upload their selfies to Instagram or Twitter using #SoofaSelfie. The contest ran from September 20 to October 20.
Congratulations to the winner of the SoofaSelfie contest, Geoff Henderson (@GSH6511), who was chosen randomly — TELUS numbered out each entry and used Google’s Random Number Generator to pick a winner— and is the new owner of an iPhone8!