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Posted on: July 25, 2019

Clarksville earns AARP Challenge grant

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. –  The City of Clarksville has been awarded a $2,500 AARP Community Challenge Grant for a wayfinding signage project to increase and promote pedestrian activity Downtown.

The project, designed by Clarksville Parks & Recreation and Walk Bike Clarksville, will provide new signage directing walkers and bicyclists to destinations in the City’s core. The signs will be placed near parking areas and high-traffic intersections and will offer estimated walk times to various sites. This information is designed to inspire pedestrians with confidence that the trek will be manageable.

AARP announced July 17 that it will distribute nearly $1.6 million nationwide to 159 grant winners who submitted projects across all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each project will help communities make immediate improvements while jumpstarting long-term progress to support residents of all ages. 

Clarksville was among four cities in Tennessee to receive an AARP Community Challenge grant this year. The other winners in the state are Athens, Memphis and Nashville.

“AARP’s teams on the ground across the country hear from mayors, local leaders and residents about the value of getting quick wins to create long-term change. We developed the Community Challenge grant program to answer that call and help build momentum for more livable communities nationwide,” said Nancy LeaMond, AARP Executive Vice President. 

Projects funded by the grants must be completed by Nov. 4, 2019.

The Community Challenge grant program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which helps communities become better places to live for residents of all ages. Earlier this year, Clarksville and Montgomery County  enrolled in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, a program that provides technical assistance and expertise to help engage and mobilize citizens.

The walkable Downtown project is an example of the City’s effort to improve active transportation in the Clarksville area. Also underway is the collaborative development of a Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.  Representatives of the City of Clarksville, APSU, Montgomery County, Regional Planning Commission, and the Department of Health are drafting a plan to identify target areas for infrastructure improvements in the community that benefit both bicyclists and pedestrians. 

About AARP

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. 

An AARP Community Challenge Grant will help Clarksville install a Walkable Downtown project to provide signage that shows estimated walk times to destinations in the City’s core. For example, it’s a four-minute walk from the Roxy Theatre, above, to the Customs House Museum, below.

  

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