The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative encourages communities and regions seeking to become more age and dementia friendly to consider the new round of MassTrails grants.
The program supports recreational trail and shared use pathway projects across the Commonwealth. Grant amounts are dependent on the project and its needs, but generally range from $5,000 to $100,000 with grants of up to $300,000 awarded to projects demonstrating critical network connections of regional significance. Continue reading
Nearly 3,000 older adults across the country answered questions in an AARP survey about their cycling history and habits, any changes in their bicycling routine during the past year — including since the COVID-19 pandemic — and preferences for cycling locations and conditions. Continue reading
According to the Trust for Public Land, Boston ranks ninth among all US cities on their ParkScore Index that ranks communities based on accessibility to parks and recreation facilities.
Cities of all sizes (towns are not included in the data) are able to see how many of their residents live within a ten-minute walk to a park, with numbers broken down by age, race, and income. Continue reading
Older adults – and people of all ages – looking to remain active and get outside during the COVID-19 pandemic have resources to find accessible parks, trails and community walks, along with reminders of social distancing. Continue reading
8-80 Cities is accepting proposals for Wintermission project partners in three U.S. cities. The organization will support these partners to become national leaders in winter city planning, design, and programming. These cities will become Winter City Vanguards, and work with 8-80 Cities and other partners to:
1. Lead a city-wide conversation about public life and social isolation in winter
2. Implement winter city pilot projects
3. Develop a unique winter city strategy Continue reading
AARP’s Livable Communities team has released a free, step-by-step guide to developing fun, safe and healthy outdoor places. Continue reading