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Fairbury, NE

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2023

Project Category: Engaging residents in vibrant public places

Description: This project will upgrade a community center by adding an indoor walking track, internet connectivity and wireless devices to expand programing and provide a safe recreational space for older residents.

Honolulu, HI

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2018

Project Category: Engaging residents in vibrant public places

Description: Honolulu's urban core has three shoreline parks -- all located near each other. But the parks were not connected, and all were underused. The Trust of Public land launched its A Lei of Parks effort, a one-day pop-up event to connect the shoreline. The event allowed residents to walk and bike between Ala Moana Regional Park, Kewalo Basin Park and Kaka'ako Waterfront Park. Volunteers used chalk, banners and signage to denote a temporary pathway. They hosted a walking event and set up kiosks to give passersby information about the effort. During the demonstration, participants could take a survey about a possible permanent parks connection. Organizers say the pop-up raised awareness of the value of parks, leading to the Parks for People renovation project.

Omaha, NE

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2018

Project Category: Engaging residents in vibrant public places

Description: The North Omaha neighborhood has experienced economic challenges due to a local history of systemic racism and environmental pollution. ONE Omaha set out to invest in the community, supporting neighborhood associations' work to address local concerns. They hosted Omaha NeighborFest 2018, an gathering aimed at teaching residents community development skills. At the event, ONE Omaha conducted a series of workshops and demonstrations on how to activate spaces and engage people. More than 600 city residents attended, including those historically left out of local decision making. The event spurred tangible change in the neighborhood, including a beautification effort to install recycling kiosks and a new mural honoring the Tuskegee Airmen.

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Baton Rouge, LA

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2018

Project Category: Roadway/sidewalks/crosswalk improvement

Description: The Center for Planning Excellence set out to improve community health by promoting walking and biking in North Baton Rouge. Partnering with the local parks and recreation commission and utility departments, they improved lighting, directional signage and visibility in and around Longfellow Park. They also founded a walking club and staged a twilight walking event. Additionally, the Center launched a website with information about walking clubs, which also includes a tracking feature where residents can record their health status.

Baton Rouge, LA

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2023

Project Category: Transportation Systems Change

Description: This project will create a video to depict a typical day on local transit. It will organize community meetings with the aim of bringing residents who use the Baton Rouge area bus system together with its operators to improve service and increase ridership.

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