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Anchorage, AK

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2021

Project Category: Park enhancements

Description: Folker Park is a 2-acre urban forest located within the city of Anchorage. The park is adjacent to intergenerational living facilities and in the past was used by people of all ages. However, many of the park's volunteer caretakers have stopped routine maintenance, leaving many areas overgrown and essentially unusable. To improve the park, the Anchorage Park Foundation installed six outdoor musical instruments, a reflexology footpath, a healing maze and age-accessible fitness equipment. They also gathered volunteers to weed garden beds, pick up trash and plant flowers. Today, the park a central hub for the community once again, and a source of pride for residents.

Malad City, ID

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2023

Project Category: Park enhancements

Description: This project will build regulation-size outdoor pickleball courts for use by local residents, providing a popular recreational form for exercise to people aged 50.

Chautauqua, NY

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Park enhancements

Description: This project added two tennis courts to the Chautauqua Institution's campus. One of the courts can be converted into two pickleball courts as needed. Pickleball -- a mashup of tennis and ping-pong, is a popular sport among older adults, since the game is both low-impact and fast-faced.

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McLoud, OK

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2023

Project Category: Transportation Systems Change

Description: This project will expand transportation services to older adults, including recruiting volunteer drivers who will operate a ride-sharing service.

Shawnee, OK

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2017

Project Category: Roadway/sidewalks/crosswalk improvement

Description: For years, officials in the City of Shawnee heard complaints from residents of the historic Jefferson Terrace neighborhood about vehicles speeding and running the four-way stop sign at an intersection. To reduce vehicle speeds and increase pedestrian safety, the City replaced the ignored stop signs with a mini traffic circle, the first of its kind in Shawnee. The City collected data traffic speeds and volume before and after the circle's installation, which proved that although traffic counts remained the same, vehicular speeds slowed down. The success of the project has inspired Shawnee officials to consider similar traffic calming interventions at other locations.

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