Community Design

Building a Healthy Boiling Springs

A diverse group of local citizens and decision-makers are working to transform the rapidly urbanizing unincorporated area of Boiling Springs in Spartanburg County into a more active, healthy community. The group is in training to better understand the connection between the built environment—the buildings, transportation corridors, and physical networks that shape a community—and public health. Inspired by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Change Leaders program, Upstate Forever and the Upstate Family Resource Center partnered to convene this “Building a Healthy Boiling Springs” Cohort.

The group explored how they can help encourage a policy or project in Boiling Springs to support community health and long term prosperity. They are pursuing resources to create a shared, community-driven vision and are eager to dovetail their efforts with Spartanburg County's Area Performance Planning initiative in 2018.

The cohort’s initiative will strive to address how Boiling Springs might grow, and in the process of development and redevelopment, create better access to healthier lifestyles. This small group of enthusiastic citizen-leaders is committed to making a difference by leading a change to begin transforming Boiling Springs into an even more healthy and prosperous suburban community. 

The cohort program was made possible by a grant from the Mary Black Foundation.

For more information, contact Sherry Barrett at


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Group to look at ways to encourage active living in Boiling Springs, from the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, February 8, 2017

Striving for a thriving community, from the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, January 15, 2017

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