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2021 AARP Community Challenge Grant Awarded to Woodruff Park

Mobile Community Kiosk known as “the Game Cart” gets a facelift

The Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID) was selected to receive a 2021 AARP Community Challenge grant. We are one of only 244 grantees selected from across all 50 states, Washington D.C, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For the fifth annual AARP Community Challenge, AARP received more than 3,500 applications from nonprofits and government entities, resulting in a highly competitive selection process. 

This “quick-action” grant made it possible for ADID to make enhancements to the 5-year-old game cart ensuring that it will continue to be a catalyst for positive change in the Park and serve as a more inclusive amenity. The games and resources available in the kiosk provide an opportunity for community members of all ages and economic backgrounds to come together and share the public space. ADID’s vision for the game cart is to provide a space for community connections among diverse audiences. 

“We are incredibly proud that AARP selected ADID to receive this grant,” stated Ansley Whipple, Woodruff Park Program Manager. “AARP is a nationwide leader on making neighborhoods, towns, and cities more livable for all residents and we are honored that they see the tangible value this project will bring to our community.”

The new visual identity for the game cart was developed by Georgia State University graphic design students who were asked to make the kiosk more user-friendly, both aesthetically and programmatically.    The mobile kiosk is filled with games, sport equipment, and recreation items that patrons can borrow at no charge to use in the park. Most notably, the Woodruff Park game cart serves as a popular site for community chess matches and an occasional tournament. The next tournament will take place November 13th at 11:00 a.m. For information and to register, click here.

Follow Woodruff Park online at Facebook.com/WoodruffPark and @WoodruffPark on Instagram.

About Woodruff Park: Originally known as Central City Park in the 1970s, Woodruff Park was created through a generous donation from Robert W. Woodruff, former president of The Coca-Cola Company.  Through a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Atlanta, the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID) maintains stewardship of Woodruff Park. ADID is responsible for the park’s daily upkeep and programming, as well as securing and implementing funding for future development. The park offers visitors a variety of recreation stations and facilities scattered throughout its beautifully manicured six acres.

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