AARP New York Announces Funding for Three Quick Action Community Projects

AARP New York announced three winners for the AARP Community Challenge, aiming to create change and improve quality of life at the community-level. The winning projects include the Village of Middleburgh, the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy and the City of Newburgh. Each project was partially or fully funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant and is set to be completed by November 1, 2017.

“From art installations to safer streets, we are thrilled to support New York communities in making the state a more livable place for people of all ages,” said AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel. “We were overwhelmed by the number of applicants for the Community Challenge, and we hope our three winners continue to inspire New Yorkers across the state to make thoughtful improvements to the places they live, work and play.”

The Village of Middleburgh, Schoharie County, which was ravaged by flooding from Hurricane Irene in 2011, will receive funding to construct new park benches and multi-use tables in its park and business district. The Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy will produce a mural along the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail as a pilot project for Art on the Rail Trail, an initiative to encourage trail use with public art installations. The City of Newburgh in Orange County will receive funding for a “Complete Streets” demonstration project, including increasing pedestrian space and improving crosswalks on the city’s busy Lake Street.

“Great communities require careful planning and time,” said AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond. “These quick action projects will give community leaders the motivation and momentum to create greater change.”

All of the winning projects in this challenge will deliver on one or all of the following:

  • Improve social connections through the built environment benefiting people of all ages and abilities in the community.
  • Expand opportunities for all residents, such as job, volunteer, and educational/training opportunities.
  • Drive inclusive community engagement and interaction across a diverse population.


View the complete list of the winners and projects.

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