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The City of Chillicothe has been selected to receive a 2021 AARP Community Challenge grant, one of only 244 grantees selected from across all 50 states, Washington D.C, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
With this “quick-action” grant and as part of an established plan to improve the Chillicothe Transit System, this project will install traditional and nontraditional bus stop infrastructure that can help improve social connections among passengers and make public transit a more attractive option to the community.
The $22,000 grant will be used to install eight ADA compliant benches, two swing sets, and two ADA compliant bus shelters. These improvements to bus stops will also include new bus stop signage through funding from the Ohio Department of Transportation.
“We are incredibly proud that AARP selected the City of Chillicothe to receive this grant,” stated Asti Powell, transit director for the City of Chillicothe. “AARP is a nationwide leader on making neighborhoods, towns, and cities more livable for all residents and we are honored that they see the tangible value this project will bring to our community.”
About the Community Challenge
The Community Challenge funds innovative projects that inspire change in areas such as transportation, public spaces, housing, diversity and inclusion, civic engagement, coronavirus recovery and more.
It’s all part of AARP’s nationwide work on livable communities, which supports the efforts of neighborhoods, towns, cities and counties across the country to become great places for all residents. AARP believes that communities should provide safe, walkable streets; affordable and accessible housing and transportation options; access to needed services; and opportunities for residents to participate in community life.
To learn more about the work being funded by the AARP Community Challenge across the nation – including all 244 granted projects this year, visit aarp.org/CommunityChallenge. You can also view an interactive map of all Community Challenge projects and AARP’s livable communities work at aarp.org/livable.