City leaders seek creative design proposals from residents to enhance a new crosswalk coming to Mulberry and 5th Streets in midtown Montgomery as part of a public-private partnership and community pride project with AARP and the Montgomery Public Art Commission.

“Partnerships are a way of life in the Capital of Dreams, and our dreams will soon become a reality in the Mulberry District thanks to this new partnership with AARP and the Public Art Commission,” Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange said. “This is another excellent example of our push to become a more innovative and attractive community by incorporating inspirational design to enhance quality of life and quality of place in the River Region.”

For the second annual AARP Community Challenge, AARP distributed a total of $1.3 million to nonprofits and government entities across the nation to fund 129 “quick action” projects, including Montgomery’s creative crosswalk, which was selected as a winner out of 1,600 applications received. The City will use the grant to pay for the installation of two solar powered pedestrian crossing signals and a creative crosswalk, which will beautify Mulberry Street while serving as a prototype for potential future installations that encourage walking and pedestrian safety.

The contest ends September 30 and more information is available for potential applicants at http://www.montgomeryal.gov/Home/Components/RFP/RFP/1202/160. The project will be completed by November 5.

“AARP has teams on the ground in communities across the country who hear from mayors, community leaders and local residents about the value of getting quick wins to create long-term change. We developed the Community Challenge Grant Program to answer that call and help build momentum for more livable communities nationwide,” said Nancy LeaMond, AARP Executive Vice President, Community, State and National Affairs. “This year, we are proud to fund more projects in more communities in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.”

For more information on the AARP Community Challenge, visit aarp.org/CommunityChallenge.