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Norfolk Southern, SC nonprofits negotiate over future Saluda Grade trail

October 27th 2022

Construction of a 31-mile rail trail on the inactive Saluda Grade railroad line in South Carolina and North Carolina could begin within five years if negotiations with Norfolk Southern are successful. Part of the proposed 31-mile rail trail passes through the city of Inman in Spartanburg County. Negotiations continue with Norfolk Southern to purchase the abandoned railroad line that connects South Carolina with North Carolina (Published by Chris Lavender, The Post and Courier).

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The Saluda Grade Trail: Making a Dream A Reality

October 25th 2022

From decades of dreaming of such a trail, PAL, along with Conserving Carolinas and Upstate Forever, are working towards a game-changing 31-mile trail that will provide access along the countryside of Upstate South Carolina to the breathtaking mountain views of Western North Carolina. This vision will turn the historic Saluda Grade Railroad into a place that welcomes runners, bikers, hikers, and dog walkers (Published by Ten at the Top).

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Spartanburg County Trails: Council backs $1.8M request to finish 2 projects, start third

October 10th 2022

Spartanburg County Council has approved a request for up to $1.8 million in budgeted funds to complete two trail projects. It also approved a third multi-use trail that connects to Spartanburg’s 55-mile urban trail system called The Dan. (Published by Bob Montgomery, Spartanburg Herald Journal)

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PAL Announces The 2nd Annual Jump Jam at Vic Bailey Subaru Bike Park

September 26th 2022

PAL is pleased to announce its 2nd Annual Jump Jam presented by Lamar Holdings LLC at Vic Baily Subaru Bike Park on October 9, 2022. Join PAL for a family-friendly afternoon of riding, food, and entertainment at the Vic Bailey Subaru Bike Park!

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Groups work to bring 31-mile trail to Saluda Grade Railroad

August 25th 2022

There is an effort to bring a 31-mile trail along the Saluda Grade Rail Line, connecting towns in Spartanburg County to Western North Carolina. The Saluda Grade Railroad was built in the 1870s but the last time a train traveled the tracks was in 2001. Officials say Norfolk Southern, the owner of the rail line, has expressed interest in selling. PAL: Play. Advocate. Live Well. in Spartanburg, Upstate Forever and Conserving Carolina are working to one day transform the rail line into a 31-mile trail. "The rail line is the steepest intercontinental rail line and so it’s gonna make for a really neat and different trail experience," said Laura Ringo, executive director of PAL: Play. Advocate. Live Well. (Published by WYFF)

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City, community leaders want input as they work to revamp Spartanburg’s Duncan Park

August 23rd 2022

Community leaders are working to revitalize Spartanburg’s largest recreational space, Duncan Park, and they want to hear from community members. “It is one of our oldest spaces in the city of Spartanburg,” said the city’s parks and recreation director Kim Moultrie. “It is a jewel.” On Tuesday, city leaders and leaders from PAL Spartanburg, which advocates for healthy and active living, hosted an open meeting, inviting people to learn more about the park and offer input and ideas. ((Published by WSPA)

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Revitalization plan for 100-acre Spartanburg park moving forward

August 17th 2022

Feedback is being sought on plans to revitalize Duncan Park. PAL: Play. Advocate. Live Well., the city of Spartanburg, a community-based steering committee and the National Park Service plan to improve and add amenities. On Aug. 23, there will be a community input session at C.C. Woodson Community Center from 4 to 7 p.m. Stations will be set up to discuss short- and long-term goals, programming, activities and park design. (Published by Asia Rollins, Post & Courier)

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Spartanburg non-profit aims to revitalize Duncan Park

August 15th 2022

One of Spartanburg's largest parks might be getting some big upgrades. Duncan Park is tucked away on the other side of the Mary Black Rail Trail and surrounded by six different neighborhoods. It seems like it would be a popular place for outdoor lovers, but a local non-profit found that's not entirely the case, and now they're trying to bring it back to life. (Published by FOX Carolina)

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