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Billings, MT

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2023

Project Category: Park enhancements

Description: This project will add signage to Lillis Park that will encourage older adults to pursue their walking and exercise goals.

South Milford, IN

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2024

Project Category: Park enhancements

Description: This project will expand a local park by clearing an area overgrown with weeds and creating ADA-compliant trails onsite. The organization will also install wheelchair-accessible benches.

Bennington, VT

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2019

Project Category: Park enhancements

Description: After the Town of Bennington removed an out-of-date play structure, Stark Street Park was essentially an empty field. To draw residents of all ages back to the Park, the Town's Office of Community Development devised a plan to add a natural playground, bicycle pump track and a quarter-mile walking path. This project added an accessible path, which loops around the playground. In addition, the Town planted a pollinator garden with perennial plants attractive to butterflies and bees, installed two wooden benches and erected a welcome sign at the park entrance. Since these improvements, the nearby hospital obtained land and trails, which connect to Stark Street Park. The town has also added a mountain bike course onsite.

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La Union, NM

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Public or private transit access

Description: This project built a covered bus stop at a central location in the town. It also installed a gazebo with benches outside the community center.

El Paso, TX

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2020

Project Category: Public place improvements to withstand extreme weather events

Description: As part of its Million Trees El Paso initiative, Eco El Paso planted 88 native and drought-tolerant trees along the Paso Del Norte Trail. In addition, the organization improved wayfinding along the trail, which passes through the city's Thomas Many neighborhood. The City lent a hand in the effort, removing dead trees and making needed irrigation repairs. El Paso has less tree canopy cover than many other communities, with an average of fewer than three trees per acre. Project organizers hope the new trees help cool the neighborhood and combat the urban heat island effect, making walking more comfortable for residents. The City later cited the success of the project in its efforts to secure bond funding for future tree planting efforts.

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