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Coronavirus Check-in: Amanda Mathis, New Executive Director at SPACE

October 21, 2020

In this episode, we talk with Amanda Mathis, newly named executive director of the Spartanburg Area Conservancy, better known as SPACE. SPACE is our local land trust, and owners and operators of the Cottonwood Trail Preserve, the Glendale Preserve and the Chinquapin Preserve. After Amanda...

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Black Folks Camp Too: A Conversation with Earl B. Hunter, Jr

September 21, 2020

In this episode we talk with Earl B. Hunter, Junior, the founder and president of Black Folks Camp Too, a company addressing the problem of the lack of diversity in the camping industry and in camping and the outdoors in general. Earl talks about the historical reasons that some Black folks...

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The Vic Bailey Subaru Bike Park is Open!

September 9, 2020

In this episode we attend the ribbon cutting for the Bike Park, the latest feature at the Rail Yard Community Park. The development of the Bike Park has been a collaborative effort that has resulted in one of the coolest new recreational areas in the Upstate.

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PAL Strategic Planning Sets Course for Next Four Years

August 27, 2020

In this episode we talk with Patrick Jinks of the Jinks Perspective, who led our recent strategic planning sessions and continues to work with us. We talk about his approach to strategic planning, and why Eisenhower said that plans were useless, but planning is essential. We also talk with PAL...

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22,000 pounds of free produce distributed to those in need!

July 24, 2020

On Thursday, July 23, Partners for Active Living and FoodShare Spartanburg distributed 22,000 pounds of free produce to several organizations throughout Spartanburg, Woodruff, Inman, Gaffney, Boiling Springs and Lyman. This was a team effort that will provide approximately 18,333 meals to families...

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PAL Check In

July 17, 2020

Dear Friends, I hope this note finds everyone well, safe and with some peace in these summer months. The first half of 2020 has had its challenges and we have been navigating them right along with you at PAL. We have been fortunate that the services we offer have been part of daily life for many...

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We Think Big: BCycle, the Dan and Beyond

June 5, 2020

In this episode, we talk with Jean Crowther and John Cock of Alta Planning and Design, the firm we hired to write Spartanburg County's application for $19.4 million from the Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) program for expansion of the Dan. John and Jean talk about...

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Emergency Food Providers and the Corona Virus Crisis

May 27, 2020

In this episode, we talk with PAL colleagues Alissa Duncan and Liz Perry about their work with Spartanburg's Food System Coalition and emergency food providers before and during the corona virus crisis. We also talk about how some of the measures are informing their work moving...

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