.........................Clark, & Theresa Qadri
Accessibility is good at labyrinth and there is an accessible bench onsite as well. Some of the wooded trails may not be suitable for wheelchairs.
W.J. Bell Rotary Peace Park
The W.J. Bell Rotary Peace Park opened in October 2015. The centrepiece of the new park is a stone labyrinth, designed as a “contemplative path” for walking meditation. This project was organized by the Rotary Club of Stittsville in partnership with the City of Ottawa's Neighbourhood Connections Office as part of the Better Neighbourhoods Program. This labyrinth is the first to be installed on public property in the City of Ottawa.
The Rotary Club undertook this effort to create an inclusive, non-denominational park space that provides an easy way for people to meditate and relax.
The walk will focus on the new labyrinth and why we consider it an important addition to our public space, as well as the meaning of the Peace Park.
Participants may roam along the trails of the park and also walk the labyrinth.
The W.J. Bell Rotary Peace Park is at 1751 Main Street, Stittsville, between Brigade Ave. and Fernbank Rd. Our meeting point will be at the Rotary tent near the labyrinth. You can see the tent from the park entrance at Cherry Drive on the east side of the park.
To get to the park from Stittsville Main Street, turn east onto Brigade Ave., then south (right) onto Cherry Drive.
From Fernbank Rd., turn north onto Cherry Drive.
There is a small parking lot at the entrance to the park from Cherry Drive. You can also park on Cherry Drive or Bell Park St.. For additional parking, there is a lot at the Stittsville United Church, which is west of Stittsville Main St along Fernbank Road.
OCTranspo buses 96 and 262 stop near the park.
Brad Spriggs is retired police officer who served as the Construction Chair for the W J Rotary Peace Park. Brad is a past president of the Stittsville Rotary Club, and has been honoured with the Paul Harris Fellowship Award by Rotary International.
Carolyn Clark is a retired teacher and a long time Rotarian. The Peace Park is close to her heart. Carolyn was on the committee for the park as the City of Ottawa Liaison for the Rotary Club. She is a past president of the Stittsville Rotary Club, and has been honoured with the Paul Harris Fellowship Award by Rotary International.
Theresa Qadri is in real estate and was the first female president for the Rotary Club of Ottawa Stittsville. She also was the fundraising chair for the Peace Park. In October, Theresa was honoured to receive the Governor General's Sovereign's Medal for Volunteering.
Please come out and meet the Rotarians that made a Peace Park in Stittsville possible.
A slide show is available that explains more about the rationale for the labyrinth and its construction.
Rotary Clubs are found all over the globe and their goal is “to create positive, lasting change” in their communities. For more information about the Stittsville Rotary Club, visit www.stittsvillerotary.com or see our FaceBook page at www.facebook.com/rotaryStitt.