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Columbia, SC

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2017

Project Category: Public space activation

Description: The City of Columbia set out to provide outdoor seating along Main Street, an area that attracts pedestrians and hosts events that draw visitors from the surrounding region. Project organizers say that people now have a spot to work on their laptops, enjoy a cup of coffee or take in a meal from nearby food trucks. Although staff originally removed and stored the tables at the end of each day, their popularity spurred the City to leave them out permanently. And when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the colorful tables and chairs provided residents with a safe space to gather outside. Because the seating is heavily used, the City has explored more ways to provide seating on Main Street.

Clyde, KS

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2024

Project Category: Public space activation

Description: The city will create a new greenspace in the heart of Clyde's downtown. The gathering place will include seating, an accessible stage and the town's only public restrooms. Other improvements will include new signage and lighting.

Wilmington, DE

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Public space activation

Description: This project added amenities including benches, shade trees and interpretive panels to a new but underused wetland park. Delaware Nature Society hired guides to lead nature walks and help visitors monitor water quality.

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Reedsville, WV

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2024

Project Category: Park enhancements

Description: This project will install an ADA-compliant water fountain in a town park that is undergoing renovation.

Kingwood, WV

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2019

Project Category: Park enhancements

Description: Although this project originally set out to expand social activities at Decker's Creek Park, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic forced organizers to pivot. Instead, the Preston County Parks and Recreation Commission made improvements to the park's green space to increase walkability and accessibility for park visitors. They added an accessible picnic table, raised garden beds, trash cans, an information kiosk and a wooden sign for the park. They also planted the garden beds with pollinator-friendly perennials, with plans to invite the local Master Gardeners to use the plots in the future. In addition, the Parks and Recreation Commission painted and replaced boards on the park's pedestrian bridge. Since these upgrades, the Commission reports more visitors to the park, as well as an uptick in youth volunteer service. Recent projects include a new picnic table, outdoor classroom, little free library and bench.

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