PACOLET, SC (WSPA) – When driving by what is now an empty lot off McDowell Street in Pacolet, people will see their local veterans honored.
“We started the project about a year and a half two years ago,” said Pacolet Lions Club Treasurer Billy Spencer. “Just recognizing the military people that served our community in the service.”
For the Pacolet Lions Club, service is what they know best.
“I’ve been in it 40 years myself,” Spencer said. “Active in the community.”
It’s a community Spartanburg County School District 3 leaders wanted to help as well.
“We feel it is our duty to give back to the community,” Superintendent Kenny Blackwood said.
The district will lease a tract of land to the Lions Club to create Pacolet’s first veterans park.
School Board Chairman Kevin Lee said the park will be a place to recognize soldiers.
The property is between Pacolet Elementary School and the Pacolet Branch of the Spartanburg County Public Library.
“We actually donated the land for that branch library years ago so this will be the same process,” Blackwood said.
District 3 will still own the land and lease it to the Pacolet Lions Club for 20 years at no cost with the option of renewing the lease in 2040.
“We’ll actually involve students, as well as the veterans, to be able to design and create the park,” said Blackwood.
Spencer said they have some items to get started thanks to donations.
“We’re going to be setting that rock in place and putting a plaque on it and we’ll be rounding up some money for some flags – the American flag and then the flags of all the military and a POW flag,” said Spencer.
People wanting to help can send donations to the Pacolet Lions Club, P.O. Box 127.