“Arrow” fans raise funds for Stanley Park bench to honour show’s ‘Olicity’ couple

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Earlier this year, fans of the television show Arrow launched a special fundraising mission in Vancouver: To get a park bench dedicated in honour of the show’s lead couple.

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The anonymous fan group called themselves the Olicity Bench Project, named so for the nickname the Vancouver-filmed show’s devotees use for characters Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Vancouverite Emily Bett Rickards). The plan itself: The “Olicity Leaves Its Mark” project.

The Olicity Bench project organizers explain that the idea for getting the bench would be “something special to unite the fandom during the hiatus” between the show’s fifth and six season.

Organizers set up a GoFundMe page to bring in money to purchase the bench dedication. The project’s goal was the $4,000 CAD needed for a 10-year dedication, and any extra raised would go to parks preservation.

Over the course of one week this June, with help from contributions from fans around the globe, they raised nearly double the goal, hitting the target mark in just two days. The bench was set to be located in Stanley Park, and the organizers selected the quote for the plaque after running a poll on Twitter.

@OlicityBench/Twitter

On December 4, the Olicity Bench was officially inaugurated.

A few days later, the “Oli” of Olicity, actor Amell, paid a visit to the bench.

Olicity has been the subject of a great deal of fan fiction over the years, and viewers have gone through the couple’s ups and downs through Arrow’s six seasons–some of them opting to jump ship when the characters’ “shipping” wasn’t panning out.

Then Oliver and Felicity thrilled fans this fall when they got married in a special crossover episode event called “Crisis On Earth X.” The location: Stanley Park.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom