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With Whistle Stop #1 now open, Byrnes Linear Park is officially underway - June 6th 2017

The Town of Duncan and Upstate Forever celebrated the installation of Byrnes Mile Linear Park Whistle Stop #1 at a ribbon cutting event on Thursday, June 8 at 2:00 p.m. Whistle Stop #1 is located on E. Main St. (SC Hwy. 290) at Lyman Ave. near Duncan Elementary School and across from Byrnes High School in Duncan. According to Duncan Mayor Lisa Scott, “Whistle Stop #1 is just the beginning of new amenities on-the-ground to benefit our walkers and joggers on Main Street, while also beautifying our town.”

The installation of Whistle Stop #1 is the first in a series of landscaped parklets that will establish Byrnes Mile Linear Park. Three additional Whistle Stop installations are anticipated by August, and ultimately, 20 parklets enhanced with train-themed art are planned to complete Byrnes Mile Linear Park. Each Whistle Stop will provide a place for rest and/or engagement along a mile-long fitness trail that connects key destinations in Duncan, including downtown, Shipwreck Cove Water Park, Byrnes High School and the South Carolina Academic Learning Environment (S.C.A.L.E., a seven-acre District-owned educational park). The Town of Duncan and Spartanburg County partnered to install Whistle Stop #1. 

Byrnes Mile Linear Park is an outgrowth of partnership efforts led by Upstate Forever with funding from the Mary Black Foundation to help Spartanburg County communities become more walkable. “It’s great to see these parklets or vest pocket parks coming to Main Street. Whistle Stop #1 and others soon to follow will help position Duncan as a destination community for engaging in active, healthy lifestyles,” said Sherry Barrett, Community Design and Land Planning Manager with Upstate Forever.

For more information, contact Sherry Barrett at

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