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Revitalizing a Park Using Community Input

Watch a video about this winning project from a 2019 AARP Community Challenge grantee

LOCATION: Bennington, Vermont
GRANTEE:  Town of Bennington, Office of Community Development

Bennington, Vermont, acts as a town center for a number of neighboring small towns. The downtown area has seen a number of revitalization projects that encourage walking and community. After several community groups came together to host a pop-up placemaking event, a derelict park was chosen for revitalization due to its walkability to popular downtown and other community gathering spots. Based on a design process led by community members, the park now contains a walking path, a bicycle track, and a natural playground.

The AARP Community Challenge funds "quick-action" projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability for people of all ages.

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