Picnic in the (W. J. Bell Rotary Peace) Park

I would like to invite all residents to a joint endeavor from my office with the Stittsville Rotary Club.

The Club’s annual Picnic in the Park will be taking place this Saturday, September 9th from 1:00-5:00 at the W. J. Bell Rotary Peace Park. Games, musical guests, a photo booth and historical reenactors will all be there for your entertainment. Bring your own food or purchase food from the on-site BBQ!

The picnic will be preceded by a short ceremony from 1:00-1:30 to celebrate the recent commemorative naming in honour of W. J. Bell. Deputy Mayor Bob Monette, Rotary Club President David McNamara, a member of the Bell family, and myself will each speak to the testament of W.J. Bell and the significance this park provides in his memory.

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

W.J. Bell donated the park land with the aim that it be enjoyed for generations to come as a passive green space. 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.

I highly encourage all residents to stop by this event and celebrate good times with friends, family, and neighbours. Don’t forget to bring your blankets and chairs!