West Fargo has received a 2019 AARP Community Challenge grant of $10,900 to install an assortment of games in the new city-owned, downtown plaza along Sheyenne Street to foster social connections among people of all ages.
The cities of West Fargo, Forman and Jamestown each received a grant from AARP which was part of a nearly $1.6 million program used to fund 159 “quick action” projects across the country, helping communities make immediate improvements and jumpstart long-term progress to support residents of all ages.
A total of 1,661 applications, including 27 from North Dakota, were received from non-profits and government entities for the program, now in its third year.
The city of Forman received $1,700 to help create a public green space on a vacant lot on the city’s Main Street.
The Jamestown Parks and Recreation Department received $3,000 to fund a pop-up demonstration bike path as part of Walk/Bike 2019! and to gauge public support for a permanent multi-use path.
“AARP has resources to help communities across North Dakota become better places for people of all ages,” said AARP North Dakota State Director Josh Askvig. “Our work to make communities more livable provides the framework and the tools for North Dakota communities of all sizes to be great places for all families. Providing these grants will hopefully spur further long-term improvements to enhance North Dakota’s preparedness for an aging population.”
Each of the projects is designed to achieve on one or more of the following:
- Create vibrant public places that improve open spaces, parks and access to other amenities.
- Demonstrate the tangible value of “Smart Cities” by engaging residents and policymakers in accessing, understanding and using data to increase quality of life for all.
- Deliver a range of transportation and mobility options that increase connectivity, walkability, bikeability, wayfinding, access to transportation options and roadway improvements.
- Support the availability of a range of housing that increases accessible and affordable housing options.
The full list of grantees can be found at www.aarp.org/communitychallenge.