STITTSVILLE, ON, October 8, 2015. W. J. Bell Rotary Peace Park. The labyrinth lit with candles. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)

PHOTOS: Opening of the Rotary Peace Park and labyrinth

A moving candlelit ceremony capped off day of celebrations to open Stittsville’s new Peace Park, a project organized by the Rotary Club in partnership with the City of Ottawa’s Better Neighbourhoods Program.

The centrepiece of the new park is a stone labyrinth, designed as a “contemplative path” for walking meditation.  The Rotary Club says it’s “inclusive and non-denominational and is an easy way for people to centre and calm themselves.”

Rotary Clubs are found all over the globe and their goal is “to create positive, lasting change” in their communities.

For more information on the Peace Park and Rotary Club activities,  visit www.stittsvillerotary.com.

All photos by Barry Gray.

STITTSVILLE, ON, October 8, 2015. W. J. Bell Rotary Peace Park.  Children join in the opening movement mandala.    Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
W. J. Bell Rotary Peace Park. Children join in the opening movement mandala.
STITTSVILLE, ON, October 8, 2015. W. J. Bell Rotary Peace Park.  The opening movement mandela.  Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
The opening movement mandela.
STITTSVILLE, ON, October 8, 2015. W. J. Bell Rotary Peace Park.   Young and old take part in the opening movement mandala.    Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Young and old take part.

STITTSVILLE, ON, October 8, 2015. W. J. Bell Rotary Peace Park.  Opening movement mandala.    Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)

STITTSVILLE, ON, October 8, 2015. W. J. Bell Rotary Peace Park. The middle of the labyrinth has a 47 foot diameter with the Rotary International logo.    Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
The middle of the labyrinth has a 47 foot diameter with the Rotary International logo.

STITTSVILLE, ON, October 8, 2015. W. J. Bell Rotary Peace Park.      Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)

STITTSVILLE, ON, October 8, 2015. W. J. Bell Rotary Peace Park.  Children who’s art work was included in the Park.    Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Children’s artwork is included in the park design.

STITTSVILLE, ON, October 8, 2015. W. J. Bell Rotary Peace Park.   Sponsors plaque   Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)

STITTSVILLE, ON, October 8, 2015. W. J. Bell Rotary Peace Park.  Stittsville Rotary President Rosemary Brummell cuts the ribbon with Shad Qardi, Deprty Mayor Mark Taylor and Rotary member Teresa Qadri.    Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Stittsville Rotary President Rosemary Brummell cuts the ribbon with Shad Qardi, Deputy Mayor Mark Taylor and Rotary member Theresa Qadri.
STITTSVILLE, ON, October 8, 2015. W. J. Bell Rotary Peace Park. Unveiling of the banner.     Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Unveiling of the banner.
STITTSVILLE, ON, October 8, 2015. Stittsville Rotary President Rosemary Brummell.   Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Stittsville Rotary President Rosemary Brummell.
STITTSVILLE, ON, October 8, 2015. W. J. Bell Rotary Peace Park.  Deputy Mayor MArk Taylor (second from left) with Stittsville Rotary President Rosemary Brummell (with plaque) and Shad Qardi    Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Deputy Mayor Mark Taylor (second from left) with Stittsville Rotary President Rosemary Brummell (with plaque), Shad Qadri and Rotary member Theresa Qadri.

STITTSVILLE, ON, October 8, 2015. W. J. Bell Rotary Peace Park.      Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)

STITTSVILLE, ON, October 8, 2015. W. J. Bell Rotary Peace Park.  Bricks on the pathway at the park.    Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Part of the fundraising for the project included commemorative bricks. For a $200 donation, residents and businesses could have their names engraved on one of the bricks that make up the pathway from the parking area to the labyrinth.
STITTSVILLE, ON, October 8, 2015. Evening events about to begin with candles being it.  Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Evening events about to begin with candles being lit.
STITTSVILLE, ON, October 8, 2015.  Labyrinth walkers legs are silhouetted as they walk through.    Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Labyrinth walkers legs are silhouetted as they walk through.

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2 thoughts on “PHOTOS: Opening of the Rotary Peace Park and labyrinth”

  1. Thanks so much for your wonderful photography of the labyrinth at the peace park opening ceremonies. I have created many luminary labyrinths over the years and you have captured this creation so beautifully. I love creating them and offering them to the public and the joy and passion you have captures is amazing. The public dancing is so inspiring, I will share these photos with the Sacred Dance Guild and tomorrow morning at Stittsville United Church at morning worship. Thanks, what a blessing. Lots of love Ruth (Labyrinth facilitator and Youth worker at Stittsville United Church.

  2. A wonderful contribution to your lovely community. It couldn’t happen without the combined efforts of dedicated Rotarians.
    CONGRATULATIONS !

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