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Liberty, ME

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2020

Project Category: Accessibility of amenities

Description: Getting into the water at Liberty's popular public beaches has always been treacherous, especially for older people and those less able to navigate the slippery, uneven granite ledges at the shore. To make two local lakes more accessible, the Citizen's Association of Liberty Lakes added new steps and handrails. Designed to be removed at the end of each beach season, the non-skid steps and handrails at Steven's Pond are made of aluminum. The custom handrail at Lake St. George is bolted to the ledge, partly underwater. The Association also added picnic tables and benches for year-round use at both sites. I'm so glad you put in this handrail for us older adult swimmers, one visitor told project organizers. I used to dread navigating the slippery rocks to get my swims. Now I can feel safe. Organizers also say the project strengthened cooperation between the Citizens' Association and the Town of Liberty.

Portsmouth, NH

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2024

Project Category: Accessibility of amenities

Description: This project will upgrade an event venue with assisted listening devices and other audiovisual technology to better serve older adult patrons. This will allow the community radio station to offer more diverse programming.

Londonderry, NH

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2019

Project Category: Accessibility of amenities

Description: To increase accessibility in its public spaces, the Town of Londonderry installed ten park benches in the Town Common and adjacent Kent Allen Town Forest. This accessibility upgrade sparked additional work there, including drainage improvements and the addition of native plants to the forest. In addition, the local Girl Scout troop installed a story book trail at the site. Since adding the benches, the town has also seen increased trail usage.

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Portsmouth, NH

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2023

Project Category: Community Gardens

Description: This project will create a community garden with raised garden beds and vertical gardens to enable older residents of local senior housing communities to grow their own food.

Portsmouth, NH

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2024

Project Category: Accessibility of amenities

Description: This project will upgrade an event venue with assisted listening devices and other audiovisual technology to better serve older adult patrons. This will allow the community radio station to offer more diverse programming.

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