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Seymour, IN

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Public space activation

Description: This project created a gathering space outside of Anchor House's food pantry and emergency shelter. People visiting the food pantry often face long waits outdoors. To give people shade and protect them from rain, volunteers constructed an extended awning. they also painted a mural on the side of its building to beautify the space. The improvements also gives supportive service providers a space to interact with potential clients.

South Bend, IN

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2021

Project Category: Public space activation

Description: Many older adults in South Bend have trouble connecting with their peers to engage in meaningful conversation. South Bend Heritage develops affordable housing for older adults and provides supportive services to facilitate aging in place. The organization transformed an alley that connects one of its apartment buildings to South Bend's downtown. The alley now features benches, picnic tables, lighting and grills. Since the improvements, the space hosts monthly events to encourage apartment residents and the wider community to gather and socialize.

Pendleton, IN

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2023

Project Category: Public space activation

Description: This project will develop a pocket park that will bring local school students and older adults engaged in storytelling and experience-sharing events.

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Gary, IN

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2020

Project Category: Bikeability

Description: To address the first mile/last mile problem -- describing challenges riders face bridging the distance between transit stops and community amenities -- this project launched the Cycle219 Bikeshare Program. The Legacy Foundation purchased electric bikes, added bike racks and installed signage to help cyclists navigate. To make the program affordable, organizers provided annual passes to older adults and low-income residents. Additionally, project organizers used tactical urbanism to test ideas for improving crosswalk safety in Gary's Miller neighborhood. They used stencils to paint sharrows and an artistic crosswalk onto the pavement, hoping to make cyclists and pedestrians more visible to drivers. In the future, organizers plan to expand the bikeshare into more communities.

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