City seeking public input on commemorative naming proposals

I would like to take a moment to remind residents to share their comments regarding commemorative naming proposals for Stittsville.


The Commemorative Naming Committee approved consideration for Silas Bradley Park (5970 Fernbank) and the W.J. Bell Rotary peace Park and these applications have moved forward into the consultation period. Comments will be accepted online and must be received no later than December 22.


Interested residents can share their thoughts on these proposals by clicking here. Information is listed below:


Silas Bradley Park – (Ward 6 – Stittsville)

In recognition of Silas Bradley’s extensive community service, the City of Ottawa has been asked to name a future park at 5970 Fernbank Road, Silas Bradley Park.


Silas Bradley, retired dairy farmer, and long-time resident of Stittsville, was deeply involved with his community and served it in many capacities.


Well-known as a strong community leader, Silas took on many leadership roles and is renowned for his work as an elected officer for the Hazeldean Loyal Orange Lodge No. 246., Chairman of the South Carleton School Board, Master of the Hazeldean Masonic Lodge, elected Warden of St. Thomas Anglican Church, Justice of the Peace for Carleton County, and as a charter member of the Stittsville District Lion’s Club.


Silas’ most notable contributions to his community may be his eight years of service as the village’s first Reeve upon its incorporation in 1961 and for his role as the founding father of Bradley’s insurance, which is now a fourth generation business that employs 36 staff.


W.J. Bell Rotary Peace Park – (Ward 6 – Stittsville)

In recognition of the extensive community service of W.J. Bell, the City of Ottawa has been asked to re-name Bell Memorial Park at 1751 Stittsville Main St. “W.J. Bell Rotary Peace Park”.

A summary of the proposal, submitted by Grace Bell and the Ottawa Stittsville Rotary Club, is provided below:

W.J. Bell donated the park land with the aim that it be enjoyed for generations to come. While not a Rotarian himself, Bell’s next of kin, Grace Bell, is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Ottawa-Stittsville. Bell’s family and the Stittsville Rotary Club brought forward the name change in order to reflect the objectives of encouraging and fostering peace.

In October 2015, the Rotary Club of Ottawa – Stittsville opened a Peace Park within Bell Memorial Park. The Peace Park features a labyrinth, which is designed to foster peaceful contemplation and meditation in a natural environment.

The proposed name “W.J. Bell Rotary Peace Park” reflects the aims of the Peace Park housed within while continuing to commemorate W. J. Bell himself.