Five Colorado communities are getting a share of the AARP's $1.6 million to improve public spaces.
Projects in Granby, Grand Junction, Lake City, Leadville and Paonia were selected from almost 1,700 applicants.
“Our congratulations and thanks go out to all the grantees for the work they do to improve their local communities,” said AARP Colorado State Director Bob Murphy. “The fact that Colorado received five of these very competitive grants is testimony to the tremendous amount of innovative work being done in communities throughout the state.”
The Colorado projects are:
- Granby Chamber of Commerce: Inter-generational artists will beautify the town's main street by creating a series of unique murals.
- Mesa County Public Library District: This project in Grand Junction will "enhance inter-generational engagement" by improving its Discovery Garden with walking trails and places to sit.
- Lake City DIRT: Electricity and lighting will be added to a pavilion in a public park.
- City of Leadville: To activate a downtown park space that has been neglected and underutilized for many years, the city will host listening sessions with the community and install new seating and a fire pit.
- Town of Paonia: An underutilized pocket park will be improved with new lighting, a "conversation circle" with tables and benches for residents to gather, and other improvements to increase access for those with limited mobility.
Each project must be completed by Nov. 4.
AARP is funding 159 projects across all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.