Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin and representatives from AARP West Virginia, joined by members of City Council, announced today that the City of Charleston has been awarded an AARP Community Challenge Grant. Grant funds will be used to improve the East End Community Park at 1500 Dixie Street, making the existing public space more inviting and appealing for all ages, by purchasing and installing equipment, adding a splash pad, playground structures, suitable lighting and greenery.

“I’m excited about this investment in the East End Park on Dixie Street.  The new playground structures and splash pad will provide a safe, fun place for our families to enjoy together,” said Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin. “Thank you, AARP, for seeing the importance of this project and helping to create a space where our citizens can create lifelong memories. Investing in our communities is a key component to creating vibrant neighborhoods throughout Charleston.”

“Today, WV Forward is thrilled to join forces with AARP and the City of Charleston to celebrate our newest project that will support quality of life, health and wellbeing here in the east end of Charleston,” said WV Forward research scholar and grant writing contributor, Priscila Santos. “WV Forward recognizes that investing in our people and communities helps West Virginia meet our full potential, attract talent, grow businesses and develop a sense of belonging for people of all ages. Thanks to AARP and Mayor Goodwin’s team for the opportunity to help as we move Charleston Forward.”

Nationally, 159 recipients of AARP Community Challenge grants received $1.6 million to support projects that make communities livable for people of all ages. Each project was partially or fully funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant and is set to be completed by November 4, 2019.