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Hattiesburg, MS

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2021

Project Category: Park enhancements

Description: Duncan Lake Park in Hattiesburg's East Jerusalem neighborhood is popular with residents, yet many of the park's amenities were in disrepair. To give the park new life, Hattiesburg Landmark Preservation refurbished picnic tables with new tops featuring painted checkerboards. They also installed new benches, added a wheelchair-accessible sidewalk and created two murals depicting native plants and animals. Today, the park hosts free arts programming for residents of all ages.

Harrisonville, MO

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2024

Project Category: Park enhancements

Description: This project will install a sidewalk connection at the city park, enhancing safety and accessibility for older adults. The new sidewalks will close an 800-foot gap that forces pedestrians to walk in the road.

St. Thomas, VI

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2024

Project Category: Park enhancements

Description: This project will add shaded seating to a new recreational space -- part of efforts to revitalize an area decimated by hurricanes. Other new amenities will include a playground, skate and bike park, basketball court and open field space.

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Vermillion, SD

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2018

Project Category: Park enhancements

Description: The game of horseshoes is popular with many residents in Vermillion. But the city's horseshoe court needed upgrades to make it accessible to people of all ages and abilities. To fix this, the City renovated the four-pit horseshoe court in Prentis Park. They upgraded the pits' clay surface, added an ADA-compliant sidewalk and purchased pit covers to keep the courts clear of weeds and debris. In the future, the City plans to add seating to accommodate spectators and allow player to rest between rounds. Since the renovations, the courts have drawn residents of all ages. City staff plan for the site to host horseshoe leagues, tournaments and other events.

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