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Somerville, NJ

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2018

Project Category: Public space activation

Description: This project paired local youth with graduate students to evaluate walkability and bikeability in Somerset. Youth ambassadors engaged with members of their community to identify barriers to walking and biking, as well as opportunities to make active transportation safer and more comfortable. Based on their findings, the students decided to construct a parklet in Somerville's Bound Brook neighborhood. The mini-park -- which sits in the footprint of a parking spot -- extends the sidewalk space into the roadway. The parklet is modular, allowing the student ambassadors to set it up at community events, including weekly farmers market and movie nights. Organizers hope the temporary space offers residents an attractive place to stop, sit and to rest while taking in activities on the street. Youth who participated in the project worked alongside local leaders and made intergenerational connections -- all while learning how to advocate for their community.

Sacramento, CA

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2024

Project Category: Public space activation

Description: This pop-up placemaking project will transform a parking lot into an outdoor plaza. Volunteers will install accessible benches to accommodate older adults attending planned events in the space.

Clarkston, GA

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2024

Project Category: Public space activation

Description: This project will turn unused office space into a community center, which will host activities including crocheting and Tai Chi. The center will serve as a gathering space for residents, including the community's many migrant families.

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West Allis, WI

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2024

Project Category: HomeFit Modifications

Description: The fire department will provide home safety inspections using the AARP HomeFit Guide, mitigating fall risks in older adults' homes. Firefighters will then install safety devices, such as bathroom grab bars and smoke detectors.

Greendale, WI

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2019

Project Category: Improved wayfinding

Description: After gathering feedback from focus groups with residents, the Greendale Health Department installed directional signs and benches along the village's walking trails. A number of local organizations participated, including the Girls Scouts and students from the local school district. With help from the Greendale Women's Club, they also created and distributed maps of the trails. Project organizers say the effort allowed for community engagement and the new benches, signs and map help residents and visitors better utilize the community's trails.

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