Active Living Blog

Spartanburg’s Car Culture

Written by Ned Barrett on September 20th 2017.

I’ve been thinking a lot about Spartanburg’s driving culture, mostly that I don’t think it’s as uniform as we may imagine.

For a glimpse, stand on the corner of Henry Street and Church Street for about 10 minutes some day. You’ll see drivers ignoring stop lines, pulling into the crosswalk like it… read more

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Growing Up Green

Written by Liz Perry on September 14th 2017.

At Woodland Heights Elementary School in Spartanburg, some 4th graders started the new school year off by harvesting sweet potatoes they had planted as 3rd graders. The school garden program allows students to have a hands on experience growing vegetables, and they also learn about plant biology and… read more

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Fall is Coming...

Written by Lindsey Graham on September 7th 2017.

Every year I look forward to Labor Day weekend, which I usually spend at the beach with my family. I am always sad when the weekend ends but actually get a little excited when I am driving home Monday morning (minus the bumper-to-bumper traffic). Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a long weekend and al… read more

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Welcome to Spartanburg!

Written by Keyana Hammonds on August 31st 2017.

In June of this year I was offered a position at Partners for Active living as an AmeriCorps VISTA and initially I was more than a little hesitant to accept. I’d spent four years living in Washington D.C. and the idea of moving to a city only a fraction of the size of my hometown was daunting. My de… read more

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New Trails Connections Coming!

Written by Laura Ringo on August 24th 2017.

On Monday night Partners for Active Living with support from our trails advisory committee led by John Montgomery with Montgomery Development requested funding from Spartanburg County Council for a pedestrian bridge that will connect the Drayton Trail to the back of the Beaumont neighborhood. This b… read more

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Accountability Matters

Written by Ned Barrett on August 15th 2017.

Every morning for about the last three weeks, I’ve walked with my dog Hope on the Cottonwood Trail. For at least twenty minutes every morning, Hope gets to explore her way—nose down, finding out who knows what about the world there. I get a wake up walk, a slower pace than I’m used to. The ritual is… read more

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A Helping Hand

Written by Liz Perry on August 9th 2017.

There are countless obligations and expectations that fall to our educators. The Whole Child model states “Each child, in each school, in each of our communities deserves to be healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.” Striving towards these worthy goals requires a tremendous amount of tim… read more

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A New Year Begins...

Written by Lindsey Graham on August 2nd 2017.

As a new fiscal year begins at PAL, it’s time for me to start thinking about new fundraising ideas, new marketing techniques and prepare for our main events: the Turkey day 8K and the 2018 Criterium!  A new year is a time for reflection and planning, and as I look back on my time at PAL and what I h… read more

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Two Weeks and Counting...and Chaos

Written by Laura Ringo on April 12th 2017.

In a little over two weeks, Partners for Active Living will host a professional bicycle race in downtown Spartanburg as part of the City of Spartanburg’s Spring Fling festival. After hosting the event for over a decade, we have learned some lessons –

  1. We could not host the event without the sup… read more
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