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Portland, ME

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2021

Project Category: Public space activation

Description: Portland's central business district has a number of neglected alleyways and streetcorners. To make walking though downtown easier -- and to attract pedestrians to local businesses -- Portland Downtown activated these spaces. They enlisted residents of an assisted living facility created murals on old doors. They also brightened up two alleys with overhead lighting. Organizers say the project improved safety, created art and engaged local businesses, all while making once-derelict areas more welcoming.

Silver City, NM

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Public space activation

Description: To attract visitors to the downtown area, this project established a game area and installed large photos depicting historic flooding in the town.

Readfield, ME

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2018

Project Category: Public space activation

Description: Readfield's Age-Friendly Committee set out to enhance the town's public spaces and draw the community together. They purchased outdoor furniture to activate two spaces -- one outside the local public library and the other at Readfield Beach on Maranacook Lake. The beach's moveable Adirondack chairs give visitors a change to interact with each other. Additionally, the tables and chairs at the library allow residents to access free Wi-Fi service, even when the library building is closed. Library visitors of all wages can also rest there after enjoying the nearby story walk.

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San Diego, CA

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Community Gardens

Description: This project turned a patch of dirt in Linda Vista Community Park into a garden. Today, the site provided produce for a local environmental learning center. The garden also serves as an alternative food source in an area that's considered a food desert.

San Diego, CA

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Community Gardens

Description: This project turned an overgrown lot at the Park de la Cruz Community Center into a garden with raised flower beds and accessible seating.

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