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Bethel, CT

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2024

Project Category: Accessibility of amenities

Description: The library will install an adaptive audio system, allowing people who are hard of hearing to listen to presentations using an app on their smartphone or smart device.

Bayfield, WI

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2019

Project Category: Accessibility of amenities

Description: The North Pike Creek Wetlands is a 410-acre natural habitat located along the southern shore of Lake Superior. To help visitors with disabilities enjoy nature, Friends of the North Pike Creek Wetlands installed a wheelchair-accessible walkway. The path connects the wetlands' parking area to a pavilion and boardwalk. Project organizers say finishing the walkway prior to the COVID-19 pandemic was serendipitous because it accommodated thousands of visits from those looking for a safe space to enjoy the outdoors. Organizers also say the county has plans to replicate accessibility features in other nature areas.

Anaconda, MT

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2019

Project Category: Accessibility of amenities

Description: Anaconda-Deer Lodge County purchased two ADA-compliant picnic tables to accommodate older adults and residents with disabilities. Placed in Kennedy Commons, the tables are painted the distinctive accessibility blue, making them easily identifiable. County staff installed them on level ground so they are easy for wheelchair users to access. In the future, the County expects to purchase eight more tables so residents can gather and dine together.

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Burnsville, MN

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2018

Project Category: Roadway/sidewalks/crosswalk improvement

Description: Burnsville city staff identified four crosswalks in need of safety improvements. To make the crossings safter for people on foot, they installed flashing beacons, which pedestrians activate by pushing a button. The flashing lights alter drivers to people crossing the street, prompting them to slow down. They also repainted pavement striping, added signage and improved sidewalks to make them ADA-accessible. To evaluate the efficacy of the changes, the City conducted a pedestrian study after installation. The City is now working to educate drivers about the beacons and crosswalk safety.

Shakopee, MN

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2021

Project Category: Community Gardens

Description: When a new development threatened to displace an active community garden, residents of Shakopee were disappointed. But the City of Shakopee saw an opportunity to move the garden in a more centrally accessible location near a popular bicycle and pedestrian route. This project added a concrete patio, new garden beds, seating, bike racks and trash and recycling bins to the new garden. With ADA-compliant features, including a concrete path and benches, the space is accessible to gardeners of all ages and abilities. Since the relocation, the garden provides fresh produce to families in need throughout Shakopee.

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