Bloomingdale’s Neighborhood Receives AARP Grant | 963XKE | Classic Fort Wayne Rock

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – The Bloomingdale’s Neighborhood Association and Historic Wells Street Business Corridor are the recipients of the 2022 AARP Community Challenge Grant.

The area that connects to downtown Fort Wayne has made great improvements in recent years.

The Bloomingdale neighborhood hopes the grant will improve livability for residents and bring a greater sense of community to the area.

“It’s a great way to showcase all the effort and hard work being done in this community,” said Joanna Dunbar, vice president of the Bloomingdale’s Neighborhood Association. In its 6th year, AARP is awarding the largest number of Community Challenge grants ever, investing more than $3.4 million among 260 grantees in all 50 states, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

Representatives say that with the grant, the quick-action projects and events will demonstrate change. They also want to help build momentum to improve livability for residents of all ages, backgrounds and abilities in the Bloomingdale neighborhood.

Representatives posted the following:

This year, the AARP Community Challenge funded projects that achieve one of several outcomes.

Bloomingdale’s Neighborhood Association President Chris Walker, AARP Indiana, The Historic Wells Street Business Corridor, Fort Wayne City Council 5th District Geoff Paddock and committee members gather in the green space south of Hyde Bros. Booksellers who will be one of the locations enabled with funding from the 2022 AARP Community Challenge Grant

Our project will:
o Create vibrant public spaces by upgrading and activating 3 spaces along Wells Street. Wells Street Park, the green space south of Hyde Bros. Booksellers and the new alley between Indiana Mexican Bakery and La Michoacana Restaurant & Ice Cream Shop. Upgrades will include outdoor furniture, lighting, flowers and games. Community programming will include music, family activities, food, block parties and fall festival events.

o Provide a range of transport and mobility options by increasing connectivity, walking, cycling and wayfinding, improving crosswalks and signage.

o Increase civic engagement by hosting monthly events and bringing residents and local leaders together to address challenges and facilitate a greater sense of inclusion.

o Ensure a focus on diversity and inclusion while improving the built and social environment of a community in Bloomingdale’s.
• The official launch party will take place on July 28, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.
• For more information on all of this year’s winners and their projects, click here.
• You can view a map featuring this year’s Community Challenge projects, the previous year’s grantees, and member communities of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities on AARP’s Liveable Communities Interactive Map at

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