McCOMB — McComb today will receive one of the first two AARP Community Challenge grants in Ohio aimed at community improvements.
McComb was awarded $20,000 for age-friendly enhancements at the village park.
The community is being invited to an event at 4 p.m. today at the village park to discuss the proposed enhancements.
Oxford was the other Ohio community to receive the grant.
Nationwide, AARP selected 89 winners and will invest about $785,000 in these communities. AARP received almost 1,200 applications for Community Challenge funds.
McComb will add park benches around the walk paths and the reservoirs, and install play equipment that can be used by older adults and those with disabilities.
“We know that adult playgrounds or multi-generational playgrounds have benefits like boosting brain fitness as well as physical fitness. They can also encourage multi-generational play which has been shown to be powerful in alleviating feelings of isolation in older adults,” said Ken Davis, manager of outreach and volunteer engagement for AARP Ohio.
Invited to attend the event are the mayor, Village Council members, the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation, McComb Economic Development, McComb Region Heart and Soul, and AARP Ohio.