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Jackson, KY

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2023

Project Category: Community Gardens

Description: This project will turn a flooded green space into a community gardens with raised beds, buckets and an accessible bench. Local senior centers will be invited to use the raised beds for educational classes and outings and produce grown in the garden will be distributed to the community.

Paducah, KY

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2021

Project Category: Community Gardens

Description: Organizers with the Paducah McCracken County Senior Center wanted a community garden for low-income residents. The center addressed this need by building a garden with ADA-compliant pathways, ramps and garden beds. The new space provides older adults in the community with fresh produce, opportunities for socializing with friends and neighbors and non-strenuous physical activity.

Lexington, KY

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2019

Project Category: Community Gardens

Description: Organizers with Seedleaf hoped to provide a more comfortable experience for the many older adults who maintain one of its free community gardens. To do this, Seedleaf provided ergonomic garden tools -- including shovels and trowels -- designed for people with arthritis to use. They also purchased portable, raised seats that gardeners can place alongside garden beds, as well as a foldable wagon to collect harvested vegetables and a shed to house the new tools. To provide a space for visitors to rest and socialize, the nonprofit worked with a local carpenter to build two sturdy, cedar benches.

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Florence, KY

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Bikeability

Description: This project installed a bicycle rack and bicycle repair station in the church parking lot for use by food pantry guests, users of the church's free shower service and all city residents.

Newport, KY

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2019

Project Category: Public or private transit access

Description: West Newport's bus stops lacked basic amenities for the many residents who relied on them daily. To address this, ReNewport purchased and installed benches at 11 stops and added a trash can to a stop where littering was common. To ensure community input informed bus stop improvements, ReNewport and a neighborhood association also founded a bus stop committee. Members met several times, reviewed bus stop data provided by the Transport Authority of Northern Kentucky and visited bus stops to assess their condition. Organizers with ReNewport say the committee's work will inform future bus stop upgrades in the area.

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