We have been selected as a 2022 AARP Community Challenge Grantee!

We have been selected as a 2022 AARP Community Challenge Grantee!

The City of McAlester is thrilled to announce we have been selected to receive a 2022 AARP Community Challenge grant. We are one of only 260 grantees selected from across all 50 states, Washington D.C, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

With this quick-action grant we will convert a tennis court at William P. Mullen Park to two pickleball courts with the help of local players].

“We are incredibly proud that AARP selected the City of McAlester for this investment,” stated City Manager Pete Stasiak. “AARP is a nationwide leader in making communities more livable for all residents and we are honored that they see the tangible value this project will bring to our area.”

“We are incredibly proud to collaborate with the City of McAlester as they work to make immediate improvements in the community and create vibrant public spaces,” said AARP Oklahoma State Director Sean Voskuhl. “Exercise and socialization are good for both the body and mind, and the pickleball court funded by AARP will bring positive social and physical outcomes to residents of all ages.”

About the Community Challenge

The Community Challenge funds innovative projects that inspire change in areas such as transportation, public spaces, housing, diversity and inclusion, civic engagement, coronavirus recovery and more.

This is all part of AARP’s nationwide work on livable communities, which supports the efforts of neighborhoods, towns, cities and counties across the country to become great places for all. AARP believes that communities should provide safe, walkable streets; affordable and accessible housing and transportation options; access to needed services; and opportunities for residents to participate in community life.

To learn more about the work being funded by the AARP Community Challenge across the nation – including all 260 granted projects this year, visit aarp.org/CommunityChallenge. You can also view an interactive map of all Community Challenge projects and AARP’s livable communities work at aarp.org/livable.