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Walk Austin selected as a 2020 AARP Community Challenge Grantee!

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Contact: Adam Greenfield, Walk Austin Board President, info@walkaustintx.org

Walk Austin selected as a 2020 AARP Community Challenge Grantee

Grant will allow Walk Austin to build upon the City of Austin’s Healthy Streets program.

AUSTIN TX – Walk Austin is thrilled to announce that we have been selected to receive an AARP Community Challenge grant. Out of thousands of applications, we were one of only 184 selected from across the US.
With this “quick-action” grant, Walk Austin will build upon the City of Austin’s Healthy Streets program, launched in May with considerable public excitement to allow safe exercise on neighborhood streets during the COVID-10 pandemic. The grant will allow Walk Austin to assist with the City’s Healthy Streets Block Captain program and to launch a Healthy Streets website that will feature educational resources and encourage participation in the program.

“We’re honored that AARP selected Walk Austin as a Community Challenge Grantee,” said Walk Austin Board President Adam Greenfield. “AARP is a nationwide leader on making neighborhoods, towns, and cities more livable for all residents and building on Austin’s Healthy Streets program couldn’t be a better fit for AARP’s goals and for helping to address the challenging historical moment in which we find ourselves.”

About the AARP Community Challenge

The Community Challenge funds innovative projects that inspire change in areas such as transportation, public spaces, housing, smart cities, civic engagement, coronavirus response, 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 184 granted projects this year, visit aarp.org/CommunityChallenge. View an interactive map of all Community Challenge projects and AARP’s livable communities work at aarp.org/livable.

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