Highlighting Past Successes

Since 2003, Partners for Active Living (PAL) improved health and wellness throughout Spartanburg County by creating an environment and culture that fosters physical activity and healthy eating. PAL is a small nonprofit working to enact large-scale change through effective partnerships.

Wellness Through Policy Changes +

  • Facilitated South Carolina’s first joint use agreements openings School Districts 6 & 7’s playgrounds to the public
  • Supported Spartanburg School District 7 in passing and implementing a district wellness policy that prioritizes healthy eating and physical activity

Wellness Through Collaboration +

  • Chosen as one of 50 in the country to receive a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation four year grant called Healthy People Healthy Places
  • Coordinated the creation of the Mobile Market, owned and operated by Hub City Farmers’ Market
  • Partnered with Spartanburg County Parks on the development of the Woodruff Greenway
  • Developed and supported Childhood Obesity Taskforce, now Eat Smart Move More Spartanburg, Trails Coalition, City of Spartanburg bicycle and pedestrian commission

Wellness Through System Changes +

  • Spearheaded Spartanburg’s Bike Town campaign earning the first Bicycle-Friendly community designation in 2007
  • Partnered with 21 Spartanburg schools to implement the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Schools Framework
  • Collected 10 years of BMI from all first, third, fifth graders in Spartanburg County

Wellness Through Place-Based Changes +

  • Spearheaded the installation of almost 200 bicycle racks throughout Spartanburg’s urban core
  • Advocated additional miles of new sidewalks and bicycle lanes
  • Facilitated the connection of the Westview Elementary School trail (2019) to the Wadsworth Trail with the Westside Neighborhood Association, as well as other trail improvements in the area over a decade
  • Secured $200,000 Safe Routes to School grants with Inman Elementary, Mabry Middle, Lone Oak, and Pine Street
  • Partnered with SC DHEC and DSS to improve five preschool outdoor spaces through the Natural Learning Initiative
  • Advocated with Coalition for Active Youth on the Rail Tail Dog Park
  • Raised $1.6M for and managed the implementation of The Rail Yard Community Park project, including the NFL Panthers Play 60 and Bike Park
  • Launched the Southeast’s first bicycle sharing program called Spartanburg BCycle, which now includes 39 docked, 1 electric, and 11 dockless bicycles
  • Created the Friends of the MBF Rail Trail advocacy group and spearheaded many improvements over a decade

Wellness Through Community Programming +

  • Purchased two Heather’s Ride bicycles so that children with disabilities can enjoy bicycling and outdoors
  • Coordinated a public art project that incorporated bicycle parts called Art Cycle, many of which can still be seen around downtown
  • Grown the Spartanburg Regional criterium spectator experience from 3 tents to 95
  • Assisted with South Carolina’s first walk and bicycle to school day and for many years the highest rates of participation across the state
  • Commissioned sculptures along the MBF Rail Trail called Trains on the Trail to highlight Spartanburg’s rail history thanks to funding from Women Giving for Spartanburg
  • Grown the Turkey Day 8K from 60 participants to 2,000
  • Hosted Healthy Schools Summit in 2014 & 2015 to encourage school personnel professional development around healthy eating and active living
  • Created and led Hub Cycle, a bicycle lending program, from 2006-2016. This program is now managed by First Baptist Church's The Bridge at Green Street