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Durbin, WV

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Public space activation

Description: This project repaired a public staircase connecting different elevations of the town.

Camden, NJ

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2021

Project Category: Public space activation

Description: A vacant lot on North Camden's waterfront was unappealing and attracted illegal dumping. The Camden Community Partnership decided to give the lot new life by turning it into a gathering space for residents of all ages. As part of larger efforts to activate the space, the Partnership commissioned a local artist to create a mural onsite. The artist asked older adults questions about their community and used their responses to inform the mural's design, which volunteers helped paint onto a nearby building. Since its completion, project organizers say the mural has served as a model for other local public art projects, with three additional murals in the works. The new greenspace has also tied into other community building work, including development of trail along the Delaware and Cooper Rivers.

Avoca, IA

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2018

Project Category: Public space activation

Description: Avoca's Main Street already had green space and places to sit, but Avoca Public Library organizers wanted to give residents a reason to spend time downtown. To invite people in, they installed oversized, weather-proof musical instruments outside the library. Since the instruments don't require any training or talent to play, they are popular with residents of all ages. Part of the town's creative placemaking plans, the new music park is located near the site of Avoca's weekly summer farmer's market. It's a fun part of the town now, Avoca resident Sunshine Schoeller said.

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River Falls, WI

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2023

Project Category: Roadway/sidewalks/crosswalk improvement

Description: The grant will fund safety improvements at a major intersection and demonstrate traffic calming interventions such as high-visibility crosswalk markings and an auditory response system.

Lake City, MN

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2023

Project Category: Housing Choice Design Competitions

Description: This project will provide older homeowners access to accessory dwelling unit design blueprints, as well as information about the benefits of ADUs.


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