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Grand Junction, CO

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2019

Project Category: Accessibility of amenities

Description: Mesa County public library staff had repurposed a lot next to the central library building into a discovery garden for residents of all ages to enjoy. This project made accessibility upgrades to the downtown Grand Junction space. First, mulch covering the site made maneuvering difficult for people with mobility challenges. To make pathways in the garden ADA-compliant, volunteers replaced the mulch with decomposed granite. They also added benches adorned with nature scenes to beautify the garden and give visitors a place to sit. Each bench has a unique design theme: mineral, plant, animal and water. Project organizers say the improvements have made the garden more inviting and accessible for visitors.

Hastings, MI

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2024

Project Category: Accessibility of amenities

Description: This project will enhance accessibility for pedestrians of all ages at an historic village. Improvements will include a new concrete sidewalk, ramps and barrier-free entries to the village's five buildings.

Brooklyn Park, MN

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2021

Project Category: Accessibility of amenities

Description: The City of Brooklyn Park hoped to improve the accessibility of its community events, making them more welcoming to residents with mobility challenges. So the City invested in portable mats, which event organizers can lay down to create a 360-foot accessible pathway. Additionally, the City purchased outdoor chairs to flank the path. Meant to be used across the community, the mats and chairs are easily stored and transported between event locations by city staff.

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Kansas City, KS

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2021

Project Category: Public space activation

Description: Kansas City's Rosedale neighborhood has lacked a community center for some time, so the Rosedale Development Association renovated and reopened a community meeting space. They added flooring, a barrier-free threshold to provide easy access for people with mobility limitations and a wall anchor system for displaying art and historical artifacts The space now hosts community events, including coffee and conversation meet-ups, adult education classes, yoga sessions and youth activities.

Kansas City, KS

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2024

Project Category: Community Gardens

Description: This project will revitalize an underused community garden to provide organic, free produce and a space for educational programming. The neighborhood association will install irrigation, build sheds, spray fruit trees, rehab raised beds and compost garden waste.

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