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Rapid City, SD

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2023

Project Category: Public space activation

Description: This project will install ADA-compliant park benches, designed and built by students, at a farmers market and city park.

Lemmon, SD

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2019

Project Category: Public space activation

Description: Staff at the Lemmon Public Library saw a need to reduce social isolation in town, particularly among older residents. To address this, they set out to improve the library's public gathering space. Project organizers created a new bakery cafe, purchasing folding tables with stacking chairs, an acrylic pastry cabinet, a cake cover and cupcake display, tablecloths and pump pots for coffee. Since the cafe's opening, the library has used new tables and chairs at hundreds of events and the space has accommodated pop-up shops. The opportunity to bake for the cafe led some residents to launch their own baking businesses and one retired baker was inspired to plan a workshop for women starting businesses. Sparked by the success of the cafe, library staff have since pursued other opportunities to expand community space, including providing library patrons with an outdoor area for reading and gathering.

Rapid City, SD

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2017

Project Category: Public space activation

Description: To increase awareness of the local book club and other community activities, NeighborWorks designed and installed 30 flags in the North Rapid neighborhood. A local artists created designs for the flags and residents worked together to approve wording for each one. Volunteers then installed flags on utility poles throughout the neighborhood. Project organizers say that since the flags appeared, local groups have received inquiries about how to become more involved in local activities.

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Webster, SD

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2020

Project Category: Public places

Description: Day County does not have a curbside recycling pick-up program for its residents. To give the rural county opportunities to recycle, the Day County Recycling Team and Conservation District purchased a recycling trailer. Residents can now drop off recyclable materials, such as plastic bottles, at the trailer's location in the county seat of Webster. The Conservation District board tracks how often the 25-cubit ton trailer needs emptying to better understand local demand for recycling services. To familiarize residents with recycling, project organizers also posted signs with instructions and published recycling guidance in local newspapers.

Milbank, SD

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Park enhancements

Description: This project installed bike racks, benches, signage, water fountains and playground equipment at the city's parks.

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