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Upstate Forever and Heart of Boiling Springs will host community vision workshops - February 19th 2018

Updated: 4/17/18 with new location for second workshop.

Upstate Forever and Heart of Boiling Springs will host a series of public workshops in partnership with Toole Design Group on Thursday March 22, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at Boiling Springs First Baptist Church, 3600 Boiling Springs Rd. and Thursday April 26, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at New Beginnings United Methodist Church, 210 Rainbow Lake Rd., Boiling Springs  (note change of venue from previously published location).

The workshops are part of a process to develop a shared, community-driven vision for Boiling Springs, a rapidly developing uninco­rporated community along the I-85 corridor in central Spartanburg County. Area residents, businesses and other stakeholders are encouraged to attend. Upstate Forever and Heart of Boiling Springs are working in partnership with Spartanburg County.

According to County Council District 2 Representative Justin Bradley, “We are hopeful that the guiding principles developed during the visioning process will help lay the groundwork for future County Area Performance Planning for the Central Planning Area.”

Ernie Boughman, Regional Director for Toole Design Group, said, "This is an exciting time for Boiling Springs. The visioning process will provide the community with the opportunity to express their desires for future development, transportation choices, and quality of life. As a design professional and a resident of Boiling Springs, I can't wait to see what the process produces." Toole Design Group is a planning, engineering, and landscape architecture firm that focuses on developing creative yet practical solutions to move people more efficiently, while improving the quality of life of the community.

According to Sherry Barrett, Community Design and Land Planning Manager for Upstate Forever, “The upcoming community visioning process will challenge participants to think critically about the place they love and call home - and to explore how it might become even more beloved in the future.”

Heart of Boiling Springs is an outgrowth of Upstate Forever’s Building a Healthy Boiling Springs Cohort, a 2017 initiative that convened a small group of community stakeholders concerned about the health and quality of life impacts of unbridled growth and predominantly automobile-oriented development in Boiling Springs. In late 2017, the Cohort expanded its outreach and launched its new brand “Heart of Boiling Springs: Building Community, Embracing Health, Leaving Legacy” to engage the community-at-large.

Made possible through Mary Black Foundation grant funding awarded to Upstate Forever and a partnership with Upstate Family Resource Center, Heart of Boiling Springs and its predecessor, Building a Health Boiling Springs Cohort, are place-based responses to an alarming local public health statistic. In 2017, more than one in four Spartanburg County adults reported no leisure time physical activity and 31% of adults were obese. Higher levels of physical activity are associated with places where walking and bicycling is not only a regular recreational activity, but also a safe and convenient means of transportation.

To learn more about Heart of Boiling Springs go to, visit the group's Facebook page, or contact Sherry Barrett, Community Design & Land Planning Manager, at

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