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Peace poles coming to four trailheads
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Forsyth County News

The Big Creek Greenway provides a serene atmosphere, and a plan from the Rotary Club of South Forsyth will spread a message of peace.

The group received approval from the Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Board on Tuesday night to install a Peace Pole at each of four greenway trailheads.

The board approved the concept in August, and asked club representative Sandi Smith to return with designs.

The 6- to 8-foot poles are the “internationally recognized symbol for peace,” displaying the words “May peace prevail on earth” in several languages on the sides, Smith said in August.

More than 400,000 poles have been placed in communities around the world, she said.

Smith learned of the project at a Rotary symposium and felt it would be a good addition in Forsyth.

“It’s an opportunity for us to promote peace and conflict resolution,” she said, noting that’s a focus of Rotary.

On Tuesday, she returned with club member Ted Richardson to present some options for the appearance of the poles to the parks board.

The board voted 3-0, with members Todd Holbrook and Dan Slott absent, to approve the use of wooden Peace Pole designs from artist Joel Selmeier.

Member Steve Dabbs said the wooden poles appeared “most consistent” with the current aesthetics along the trail.

The poles, which will be paid for by the Rotary Club, can be placed at greenway trailheads on Bethelview, Union Hill and McFarland roads, as well as Fowler Park.

Each will have eight sides and display the message in eight languages, which should reflect some of the cultures in Forsyth, Richardson said.

Added Smith: “It’s a great message to our community and to our world.”