AARP is awarding grant money in Anchorage and Homer, promoting wellness through walking by improving street safety.

Three organizations in Alaska are benefiting.

Cook Inlet Housing Authority: $25,000

They will use the money for improvements on a walking trail connecting senior and family housing with a school nearby, parks and shops. The group will be placing signs with indigenous place names and symbols along with putting in dog waste stations and trash bins. Maps will be made and given out in the community to help people use the trails as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Bike Anchorage: $6,500

Anchorage's pedestrian death rate is the highest in the state. This money will allow Anchorage neighborhoods to experiment with ways to make streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists, such as roundabouts, bike lanes and more. 

Kachemak Heritage Land Trust: $5,000

KHLT will be designing a sign on a trail for people who can't see well to better access this path through Poopdeck Platt Park.

The money was provided through the Community Challenge Grant program which is part of AARP's nationwide initiative. All of these projects are set to be completed by Nov. 4.

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