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Solar-powered benches coming to Boston parks

BOSTON (AP) -- Boston parks are going high-tech with solar-powered benches that will allow visitors to sit down and relax while charging their cell phones at the same time.

"Soofa" benches will be installed in green spaces in Boston over the next week, including Titus Sparrow Park in the South End, the Boston Common and the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

The benches are provided in a partnership between Boston Mayor Martin Walsh's office of New Urban Mechanics with the MIT Media Lab spin-off firm, Changing Environments.

The city is asking residents to recommend one additional park to install the Soofa. The benches can charge two phones at one time.

AP-WF-06-29-14 2117GMT