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Agreement Reached on Saluda Grade Rail Line

March 17th 2023

A coalition of nonprofits that is spearheading the Saluda Grade Trail has reached an agreement with Norfolk Southern to sell the 31-mile rail line for use as a recreational rail trail. The coalition has a signed agreement with the railroad establishing the price and other terms of a future purchase.

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Norfolk Southern to sell Saluda Grade tracks for SC-to-NC rail trail

March 16th 2023

Norfolk Southern has agreed to sell 31 miles of its abandoned rail line connecting South Carolina and North Carolina communities to the Saluda Grade Trail Conservancy for development of a new rail trail. Three nonprofit groups including Conserving Carolina, Upstate Forever and “PAL: Play. Advocate. Live Well!” negotiated with Norfolk Southern to purchase the railroad property. “The Saluda Grade Trail Conservancy signed a written agreement with Norfolk Southern for the line and its full 31 miles,” Laura Ringo, PAL executive director, told The Post and Courier. (By Chris Lavender

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City Council hears update on pilot program to allow non-motorized boating on Duncan Park Lake

March 1st 2023

Spartanburg City Council heard an update on the planning process for potential improvements to Duncan Park at their meeting on Monday. PAL: Play Advocate Live Well Executive Director Laura Ringo and City Parks and Recreation Director Kim Moultrie walked Council through a series of proposed improvements to the City's largest park, with plans including better connectivity to the Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail, upgraded and new trails throughout the park, new restrooms and improvements to the park's amphitheater area, a proposed traffic circle at South Converse St. and Duncan Park Dr., new activities areas and playgrounds, and numerous improvements designed to allow residents and visitors a to better enjoy Duncan Park Lake. (By: the City of Spartanburg)

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Improvements could be coming to Duncan Park in Spartanburg

February 28th 2023

Duncan Park in Spartanburg could soon get a facelift. For the last eight months, work has been ongoing to try and reimagine the historic park. It’s a place Ron Livingston often enjoys taking his daily walk. “This is what’s so nice about living in Spartanburg,” he said. It’s the features scattered across more than 100 acres that make Duncan Park unique, from the historic baseball stadium to the lake. “I think the beauty of Duncan Park is the fact that it’s unifying if you look at the number of communities that surround it,” said City of Spartanburg Parks and Recreation Director Kim Moultrie. But with few people coming to the park consistently, the city and Play. Advocate. Live Well. have been working to reimagine the city’s largest recreational asset. “We’ve been working with a steering committee and lots of residents to really come up with a vision for what people want to see,” said PAL Executive Director Laura Ringo. (By: Fox Carolina)

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Grant Awarded for Duncan Park Revitalization Project

February 2nd 2023

PAL, in partnership with the City of Spartanburg, was awarded $300,000 from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which will be used to revitalize Duncan Park! We are so thankful for this grant and the opportunity to breathe new life into an already beautiful park. Please be on the lookout for more information on the Duncan Park revitalization project. #parks 🌳 Our revitalization project will include the following: -The installation of a new paved trail that will connect Duncan Park to the MBF Rail Trail & The Dan -The replacement of a wooden bridge with an aluminum bridge -The removal of invasive plant species

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The 'Hub City Hopper', was Named the #6 Best New Bike Lane in the U.S.

January 30th 2023

The 'Hub City Hopper' was just ranked the 6th best new bike lane in the United States by People for Bikes! If you have yet to enjoy this new downtown connection of the Dan, this is your sign to check it out! (By: Martina Haggerty, PeopleForBikes’ senior director of local innovation)

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‘Hub City Hopper’ trail through downtown Spartanburg is now open

December 13th 2022

A new section of the Daniel Morgan Trail System in Spartanburg is now open. On Tuesday, PAL Spartanburg and city leaders unveiled the new trail section, the “Hub City Hopper” (Published by Janie Bohlmann, 7 News WSPA).

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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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