Podcast & Blog Posts

  A weekly dose of PAL!


Welcome to Spartanburg!

August 31, 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....

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New Trails Connections Coming!

August 24, 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...

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Accountability Matters

August 15, 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...

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A Helping Hand

August 9, 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...

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A New Year Begins...

August 2, 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...

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A day without getting into a car? In Spartanburg? Is this even possible?

June 8, 2017

By Phillip Stone, PAL Board Member It may not look like it to your average resident of Spartanburg, but it’s increasingly possible to live a low-car lifestyle in parts of our city.  On a recent Thursday during a vacation week, I got my morning coffee, ran errands, and worked on a...

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Two Weeks and Counting...and Chaos

April 12, 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 – We could not host the event...

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Another Croft Hike: Beech Tree Trail in Springtime

April 4, 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...

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