Active Living Blog

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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Another Croft Hike: Beech Tree Trail in Springtime

Written by Ned Barrett on April 4th 2017.

I love the springtime. Likely because I don’t suffer much from pollen allergies, I am giddy about all the blooming going on around town. In my neighborhood, dogwoods line the streets, azaleas in large clumps create multi-colored mounds, cherries weep in front yards, and any number of bulbs line walk… read more

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Hey Kids, Let's Go...

Written by Liz Perry on March 29th 2017.

Do balmy Spring days lead to thoughts of running, jumping, swimming, wading, fishing, camping and hiking with the whole family? We sure hope so! Study after study shows that being active outdoors has many special health benefits. Partners for Active Living is dedicated to improving access to opportu… read more

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16 Successes to Improve Health in 2016

Written by Lindsey Graham on March 22nd 2017.

Ever wonder what PAL does throughout the year to work towards our mission to make Spartanburg a more healthy and active community? Well, in our annual report we highlighted 16 successes we made towards improving health in 2016.

Walking & Bicycling

  • 3,196 BCycle trips
  • 1,600+ Turkey Day 8K w… read more
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A Completely New Place: Daniel Morgan Avenue

Written by Laura Ringo on March 15th 2017.

The latest streetscape project underway in downtown Spartanburg is Daniel Morgan Avenue between St. John St. and Henry St. If you haven’t been by lately, you should walk down there because it feels like a completely new place! The redesign includes critical elements for a pedestrian-friendly corrido… read more

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Things I Think About When I Ride My Bike to Work

Written by Ned Barrett on March 8th 2017.
  1. Crossing Pine Street is more scary than dangerous. That may be an even better reason to improve it.
  2. I saw a guy wearing a high-visibility yellow safety vest while driving his car. I think that is a good idea as I could see him clearly. Maybe drivers should wear helmets, too. 
  3. I keep thinking … read more
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