Clarksville, TN – AARP has awarded the City of Clarksville a $2,500 Community Challenge Grant for a wayfinding signage project to increase and promote pedestrian activity Downtown.
The project, designed by Clarksville Parks and 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 17th 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 jump starting 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 Tennessee 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 November 4th, 2019.
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, Austin Peay State University (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.
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.