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Cut Bank, MT

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Park enhancements

Description: To draw visitors to an underused dog park, this project added a walking path to the space. Additionally, the City installed ADA-compliant benches and two shade structures to give people an accessible place to sit and rest.

Kansas City, MO

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2021

Project Category: Park enhancements

Description: Major Murray Davis Park in Kansas City's Midtown neighborhood needed a functional and aesthetic makeover. To improve the pocket park, Midtown KC Now removed old landscaping and planted fruit trees and native plants. They also added a walkway, concrete planters, game tables and a portable kiosk to display information. The pocket park is now an attractive space for people of all ages and provides fruit for members of the community. In the future, Midtown KC hoped to turn a nearby parking lot into more park space for residents to enjoy.

South Sioux City, NE

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Park enhancements

Description: This project constructed trails to increase accessibility between amenities in Siouxland Freedom Park, a veterans memorial park honoring all past and present members of the armed forces.

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Boise, ID

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Public space activation

Description: Through seven pop-up placemaking events, this project enlivened the downtown area with outdoor games and activities.

Boise, ID

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2019

Project Category: Roadway/sidewalks/crosswalk improvement

Description: The Idaho Bike Walk Alliance wanted to make walking and biking safer for elementary school students. To do this, they deployed lightweight traffic items around N. 8th Street to reduce driving speeds. The traffic calming equipment included cones -- used to shorten the distance needed to cross the street -- as well as reusable neon signs and plenty of chalk. The Alliance papered the neighborhood with flyers, created a social media campaigns on the project, and met with stakeholders to gain buy-in. They then demonstrated the traffic calming tools over five days in November. An online survey showed community interest in making such features permanent. As a driver, the curb extensions provided greater visibility of pedestrians, one respondent said.

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