In 2012, the KC Communities for All Ages Recognition Program was created as a way to recognize communities that have taken steps to become more accommodating to residents of all ages while becoming more vibrant, healthy and prosperous.
The City of Parkville has committed to become intentional in our approach and response to the anticipated increase of older adults. On March 6, 2018, the Board of Aldermen adopted Resolution No. 18-005 joining in support of the Communities for All Ages Initiative.
The first baby boomers began turning 65 in 2011. A recent AARP study reported 10,000 boomers turned 65 every day and that the trend would continue until 2030.
What does this mean for Parkville?
With boomers aging and millennials coming into adulthood, it is time to reevaluate the role suburbs play in serving the American population. Areas of opportunities include:
- Emergency preparedness
- Public safety
- Parks and recreation
- Public Works
Communities for All Ages is directed by the First Suburbs Coalition via the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) and identifies areas of awareness, assessment and implementation in guiding cities through the process of becoming a Community for All Ages. A community can earn one of three levels of recognition representing the extent of its work in becoming a Community for All Ages:
- Bronze (awareness)
- Silver (assessment)
- Gold (implementation)
Recognition for each level requires a community to complete a set of tasks which don’t necessarily require a great financial commitment, but do require time and effort from staff and elected officials, as well as citizen engagement. In most cases, many of these tasks are already being accomplished through a city’s policies or programs. Communities are encouraged to use MARC resources and checklists as a guide and then submit an application to MARC documenting their work. Ultimately, the program creates opportunities to better serve the emerging needs of an increasingly diversifying population.
The City will be undertaking an assessment of its public facilities, such as parks and streets, and its services to make sure it is fully serving residents of all ages. If you are interested in this review please contact Shakedra Knight by e-mail.
To learn more about the regional program, visit MARC’s website at http://www.marc.org/Community/KC-Communities-for-All-Ages.