Pennies for Progress Aims to Keep York County Moving

Nov. 11, 2020 (York County, SC) York County Pennies for Progress ensures ongoing road improvements. The Bike/Ped Coalition of York County welcomed Patrick Hamilton, Pennies for Projects Program Manager, to our November meeting. He described the program and its history, shared a map of Pennies projects and photos of project improvements, and responded to questions. Here is what we learned.

RFATS Long-Range Transportation Plan Comments by ESMMYC & BPC Advocacy

Nov. 5, 2020 (York County, SC) The Rock Hill-Fort Mill-Area Transportation Study (RFATS) metropolitan planning organization (MPO) is updating the long-range transportation plan (LRTP) to reflect and address all facets of transportation planning needs in the RFATS area. RFATS covers eastern York County (Catawba Nation, Lake Wylie, Fort Mill, Rock Hill and Tega Cay) and the Lancaster County panhandle. RFATS currently is accepting stakeholder feedback to identify needs, priorities and transportation initiatives that we believe would be helpful for RFATS to include in the 2050 LRTP update. The LRTP is the blueprint to guide transportation investments in our region over the next 30 years. The Bike/Ped Coalition of York County and Eat Smart Move More York County advocacy committees appreciate this opportunity to urge RFATS to give greater consideration to active transportation and transit and ensure that funding goes to specific biking, walking and transit projects in the 2050 LRTP Plan.

ESMMYC Meeting Featured Muni Parks & Rec Leaders – Notes

Oct. 13, 2020 (York County, SC) ESMMYC’s October general membership meeting featured leaders of Parks and Recreation Departments from across York County municipalities! We learned about programming, participation and safety measures in the current environment; and going forward, plans and expectations. Leaders also responded to questions from the audience.

Catawba Riversweep 2020

Oct. 4, 2020 (Tega Cay, SC) The Catawba River flows a little cleaner today thanks to the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation’s 1,300+ volunteers who headed outside to collect trash – by land and by river – for yesterday’s Catawba Riversweep! For 17 years, in partnership with the Lake Wylie Marine Commission, the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation has held the annual Lake Wylie Riversweep. ESMMYC chair has been site captain at the Tega Cay Marina, championing Tega Cay Healthy Kids, since 2010.

Revitalizing Opportunities in Paradise, Fort Mill

Aug. 14, 2020 (York County, SC) The Historic Paradise Foundation is working to revitalize the once-thriving community of Black homeowners in Fort Mill. Read about the exciting opportunities available to collaborate that the foundation shared at our recent ESMMYC general membership meeting.

Do Our Part: Wear a Mask & Socially Distance

June 30, 2020 (York County, SC) With alarming growth in newly-reported COVID-19 cases, we each must do our part to wear face masks and socially distance from others in public. Let’s show respect to fellow community members to get us through this critical time in our public health crisis. We owe it to the healthcare professionals and essential workers who risk themselves daily to serve our community.

Free Meals for York County Kids (Summer Feeding)

June 11, 2020 (York County, SC) Let’s keep all kids fed in York County this summer! Times are hard but free meals are available. A nutritious meal is vital to the health, happiness and growth of a child. Current feeding sites for kids are listed here.

Questions to Gauge Candidate Support for Active Living & Healthy Eating Policies

May 11, 2020 (York County, SC) SC’s primary elections will be on June 9. Issues highlighted during this COVID-19 public health crisis and economic challenges show that ESMMYC focus on making the healthy choice the easy choice in York County remains critical. Reach out now to candidates running for office to understand their positions on policies related to active living and access to healthy foods!