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Grant Program Helps Create 'Age-Friendly Communities' in OR

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Projects making communities more age-friendly in Oregon are getting support from the AARP.

After six projects were chosen by AARP in June to receive grants in Oregon, AARP Oregon chose four more from the original pool of applicants as part of its Age-Friendly Community Grants.

Isleen Glatt, superintendent of senior services for the Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission, said its project to build out a venue, including wheelchair access and benches, near the Ashland Senior Center is one of the grant recipients.

"Then we'll be able to hold classes out there like line dance and tai chi and yoga," Glatt outlined. "It will be more accessible for some of the outdoor entertainment events that we do."

The Ashland project is receiving $6,250. The AARP Oregon grants fund projects aiming to make transportation and public spaces more accessible, as well promote diversity, inclusion and civic engagement. The state's four grants total nearly $15,000.

Glatt noted it is a small but meaningful project, inspired by the conditions the pandemic created.

"Especially during COVID, we realized we needed more opportunities for outdoor activities to have a place where social connections can still thrive even when pandemic conditions prevent indoor gathering," Glatt explained.

Other grant recipients are the city of Philomath, which is adding benches in its city park; Grow Portland, which is rebuilding a garden in the city; and the Main Street Garden in Enterprise, which will expand its offerings to the local food bank in Wallowa County.

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