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The Duke Endowment Awards $450,000 to Spartanburg coalition

February 22nd 2019

Spartanburg Regional Foundation & Partners for Active Living have received a grant from The Duke Endowment to help improve health in Spartanburg County. The grant will support prevention efforts through Eat Smart Move More Spartanburg, a coalition of diverse community organizations that SRF and PAL support.

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Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail Surpasses 100,000 Annual Uses in 2018!

January 21st 2019

2018 marked a banner year for the Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail. This two mile rail-to-trail conversion is a recreation and activity hub with a skate park, community park, dog play area, and bicycle sharing system. Use of the Trail climbed over 100,000 annual uses for the first time in the life of the facility to 131,198. It is, arguably, the most used recreation facility in Spartanburg.

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$77,000 Committed to Bike Park on MBF Rail Trail

December 7th 2018

Duke Energy Foundation, Mary Black Foundation, and the Coalition for Active Youth announced an additional $77,000 for the bike park, which is the next phase of The Rail Yard. Thanks to these commitments, construction should begin in the first quarter of 2019.

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Boy Scouts plant trees for Spartanburg's hungry

December 1st 2018

Marshall Rogers rolled up his sleeves and got to work Saturday planting 15 trees behind Total Ministries along South Pine Street. He's a member of Boy Scout Troop 2 based out of First Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg. Rogers decided after a recent trip to London to plant the trees as part of his Eagle Scout service project.

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Spartanburg hosts about 2,000 runners for annual 8K race

November 22nd 2018

The 14th annual GHS Turkey Day 8K was held Thanksgiving morning in downtown Spartanburg, hosting thousands of runners. Officials say around 2,000 runners were out for the start of the race which began at the corner of Main and Spring Streets and ended at the Daniel Morgan Statue.

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Upstate Lowdown: What’s going on with the River Birch Trail behind Spartanburg High School?

November 21st 2018

Partners for Active Living’s latest project behind Spartanburg High School caught the eye of reader Harold Nixon, who saw the tree clearing around River Birch Trail. While it may look like a road it being built, PAL Executive Director Laura Ringo said the old trail is being repaired.

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PAL is hiring a Healthy Kids Coordinator

September 5th 2018

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Panthers Play 60 unveiled at The Rail Yard

August 1st 2018

Panthers Play 60 is described as a cross between an NFL Combine and American Ninja Warrior. It includes a timed 40-yard dash, a traverse wall, floating boards and other obstacles to challenge children’s agility. There are less than 20 of these parks in the country.

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