Active Living Blog

If you don't count it, it doesn't count.

Written by Ned Barrett on March 1st 2018.

You’ve heard plenty of people say, “I never see anyone there,” or “It’s crowded every time I pass by.” “Anecdata” may feel like an assessment, but it’s important to gather real counts for grant requests and trail maintenance and programming plans, part of the reason we install infra-red counters on … read more

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Stay Healthy During the Winter Season

Written by Lindsey Graham on February 2nd 2018.

As we are all well aware, the start of 2018 has been full of cold weather, germs and sickness! If you are like me, you are counting down the days until spring blossoms and 60 degree weather. Unfortunately, Punxsutawney Phil’s shadow reared its ugly head and we could be stuck with this lovely pattern… read more

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Beating the Winter Blues

Written by on December 15th 2017.

Most of us tend to slow down during the winter, with shorter days and longer nights. At least I know I do. I’d much prefer to enjoy the winter months from the comfort of my own bed, actively avoiding those cold windy mornings. The shorter days and colder weather make it hard to continue those health… read more

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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 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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