Favorite Walks — The Peace Pole Walk

The Peace Pole Walk

  • Peace Park behind the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center in the Youth Community Park

    Peace Park behind the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center in the Youth Community Park

    Distance: 7.1 miles: Plaza to all 8 Peace Poles and return to Plaza; with 3  mile option: Plaza to Peace Poles 1 thru 5 and return to Plaza; and 5 mile option: Plaza to Peace Poles 5 thru 8, and return to Plaza

  • Surfaces: Walk on city sidewalks, rural streets, and paved trails. Some hills
  • Additional details: Frequent public facilities
  • Download the full Peace Pole Walk description and map (pdf)
  • Download the  Peace Pole Walk map only (pdf)

A Nuclear-Free Zone since 1986, Sebastopol was declared “Peacetown USA” by proclamation of the City Council in 2009. It’s no surprise, then, that there are so many peace poles in public and private gardens throughout the town.
Each of the Peace Pole Walk routes will take you through Sebastopol’s charming neighborhoods, to parks and open spaces, and along paved trails. The route map on the next page will help you choose a shorter or longer route to match your time and energy. Start at the Plaza or from any place you happen to be.

Peace Pole at the Sebastopol Community Church

Peace Pole at the Sebastopol Community Church

There is plenty of parking at Pole 8 near the Community Cultural Center, and paid parking at Pole 6 in Ragle Ranch Regional Park, with picnic and playground areas nearby. At Pole 5 consider adding an out-and-back along Florence Avenue to view the Patrick Amiot sculptures.
Some walkers may prefer following the alternate scenic route noted, requiring a one block segment on a footpath along the noisy highway to reach the tranquil West County Trail, a historic railroad grade.

How many ways can you say “Peace”? The following languages –among others — are represented across the 8 poles on this walk. See if you can find them.

  • DutchPeace_Pole_Walk_callout
  • Hebrew
  • Pomo
  • Miwok
  • Tibetan
  • Japanese
  • French
  • Hawaiian
  • Arabic
  • Swahili
  • Spanish

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