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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.

Jackson, WY

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2017

Project Category: Public or private transit access

Description: Residents of a Jackson housing complex -- including several dozen older adults and people with disabilities -- had an unappealing wait for the bus. The local bus stop was surrounded field of weeds and littered with trash and debris, including an abandoned car. To make matters worse, it had no place to sit. To give bus riders a more comfortable wait, the Jackson Hole Senior Center cleared weeds and trash from the site. They then leveled out the site and installed an artistic bench with a garden area behind it. During construction, neighbors volunteered their labor. Going forward, they also offered to help clear the site of snow in the winter and maintain the landscaping. After installation, the Town agreed to place a second bench at the bus stop across the street.

Milton, DE

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2023

Project Category: Public or private transit access

Description: This project will install three benches at local bus stops to provide residents with a place to rest, wait or socialize when they visit the town center, while also making the local transportation system more accessible to older people and those with disabilities.

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Richmond, VA

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2018

Project Category: Community Gardens

Description: The Greater Richmond Age Wave Coalition hoped to beautify the Green Park neighborhood and foster relationships between neighbors. To do this, the nonprofit worked to provide community gardening opportunities to residents. To allow older adults to grow produce at home, the nonprofit built 25 garden boxes. Additionally, they created an outdoor courtyard space with raised garden beds at Highland Park Apartments. The Coalition hired local youth to construct and deliver the self-water boxes. The Coalition also held two community gardening events. To help people participate, they offset a portion of public transportation fares for attendees. The Age Wave Coalition's gardening efforts operate under the talent-sharing model, which connects experienced gardeners with people interested learning more about growing fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs.

Richmond, VA

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2020

Project Category: Roadway/sidewalks/crosswalk improvement

Description: Hundreds of elementary school students cross busy Lynhaven Avenue each day on their way to school in Richmond's Bellemeade neighborhood. Walk audits and other community engagement efforts have shown speeding and distracted driving are a common issue on the street. To slow down traffic and improve safety, Sports Backers commissioned local artists to create pavement murals at two intersections. Project organizers hope murals catch the attention of motorists, encouraging them to pay attention to the road and slow down.

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