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AARP Community Challenge Names Alaska Non-Profit as Recipient

AARP Funds Community Project in Alaska to Make Communities More Livable


ANCHORAGE, AKAARP Alaska announces a winner for the AARP Community Challenge, which aims to create change and improve quality of life in communities across the nation for people of all ages.

The winning project for Alaska is “Tactical Urbanism” submitted by Alaska Trails, a non-profit with a mission to enhance the Alaska Trails experience by supporting world-renowned sustainable trails through advocacy, education, and technical assistance. Steve Cleary of Anchorage serves as the Executive Director of Alaska Trails. Alaska Trails will use the funding from AARP to “help engage residents in decisions to improve the built environment and improve active transportation options for people of all ages and ability levels, improving both health outcomes and community cohesion.”

Each project was partially or fully funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant and is set to be completed by November 1, 2017.

“On behalf of over 85,000 AARP members in Alaska, we are proud to support the work of Alaska Trails,” said AARP Alaska State Director Ken Osterkamp. “Our members are deeply engaged in making their communities even greater places to live and the Alaska Trails project fits perfectly with those efforts.”

Alaska Trails’ “Tactical Urbanism” project is one of 89 winners selected for AARP’s first Community Challenge. Winning projects range from low-cost, short-term actions such as the creation of temporary park spaces and murals to more sizable efforts such as the development of intergenerational playgrounds. AARP received almost 1,200 applications for Community Challenge funds, resulting in a highly competitive selection process.

“Great communities require careful planning and time,” said AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond. “These quick action projects will give community leaders the motivation and momentum to create greater change.”


All of the winning projects in this challenge will deliver on one or all of the following:

  • Improve social connections through the built environment benefiting people of all ages and abilities in the community.

  • Expand opportunities for all residents, such as job, volunteer, and educational/training opportunities.

  • Drive inclusive community engagement and interaction across a diverse population.


For a complete list of the winners and projects, visit www.aarp.org/CommunityChallenge.

About AARP

AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members and offices in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP

produces the world’s largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.

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