AARP challenge grants are expected to help two Kentucky cities become more livable.

One grant, awarded to the Western Kentucky University Center for Gerontology, will help Bowling Green residents create a mural celebrating the city’s efforts to become increasingly age-friendly.

The other, awarded to Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Parks and Recreation, will fund two projects: installation of accessible benches along the trail in Idle Hour Park; and construction of raised garden beds behind the Lexington Center, so people using wheelchairs or walkers can grow vegetables and flowers.

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