City seeking public input on commemorative naming proposals

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The City is conducting public consultation on proposals to change:

  • Bradley Commons Park, located at 331 Cranesbill Road, to Bradley-Craig Park
  • Atlas Park, located at 875 Atlas Terrace, to Bob Mills Park
  • The new Stittsville Main Street sitting area, located across from Village Square Park at 6000 Abbott Street East, to Bradley Square
  • Uplands Park, located at 3165 Uplands Drive, to Shirley Seward Park
  • The anticipated Orléans Health Hub park to Dr. Émile Major Park
  • The unnamed parkland located at 100 Highgarden Terrace to Bert Dowler Park
  • Rideauview Community Centre Park, located at 4310 Shoreline Drive, to Joan O’Malley Park
  • Shetland Park, located at 24 Shetland Way, to Laura Dubois Park

Bradley-Craig Park (Ward 6 – Stittsville)

In recognition of the historical significance of the Bradley-Craig family, the City has been asked to name the Bradley Commons Park, located at 331 Cranesbill Road, Bradley-Craig Park. The family operated the farm in Stittsville for more than 180 years and their farmstead was an agricultural model for dairy farmers throughout the region. The farmland was fertile, well-watered and largely stone-free. Animals were important to farming with the family taking great pride in their fine horses and in their arduous training of these animals. The heritage designated, large, red barn and brick farmhouse, known as the Bradley-Craig farm, still stands and can be seen off Hazeldean Road.

Bob Mills Park (Ward 6 – Stittsville)

In recognition of extensive community service, the City has been asked to name Atlas Park, located at 875 Atlas Terrace, Bob Mills Park. Bob Mills worked for 25 years as the Director of Parks and Recreation for Goulbourn Township. He developed numerous parks, ball fields and hockey arenas during this time, enhancing recreation in the Stittsville community.

Bradley Square (Ward 6 – Stittsville)

In recognition of extensive community service, the City has been asked to name the new Stittsville Main Street sitting area, located across from Village Square Park at 6000 Abbott Street East, Bradley Square. Ross Bradley and the Bradley Family have been long-time residents and business leaders in the Stittsville community. Ross is a philanthropist that has donated time and money to many local organizations, charities, community groups and minor sports teams.

Shirley Seward Park (Ward 16 – River)

In recognition of extensive community service to the residents of Ottawa, the City has been asked to rename Uplands Park, located at 3165 Uplands Drive, Shirley Seward Park. Longtime Ottawa resident Shirley Seward has made outstanding contributions to the community and the education system. Shirley served eight years as the River Zone 11 Trustee with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. In that role, she was dedicated to ensuring equity in the education system, closing the gap between students with and without learning challenges, breaking down barriers for children living in poverty, providing more resources and supports for Indigenous students, focusing on students with special needs and bolstering student programming to enrich schools and build a stronger sense of community in local neighbourhoods.

Dr. Émile Major Park (Ward 19 – Cumberland)

In recognition of extensive community service to the residents of Ottawa, the City has been asked to name the anticipated Orléans Health Hub park as Dr. Émile Major Park. Émile opened his general practice in Orléans in 1925. He practiced medicine at the Ottawa General Hospital, Saint-Vincent Hospital and Montfort Hospital. During his career, he carried out more than 1,000 deliveries. Highly dedicated, he made house calls day or night to treat the sick. Patients unable to pay would have their debt cancelled. In 1963, the Orléans Chamber of Commerce named him Citizen of the Year.

Bert Dowler Park (Ward 20 – Osgoode)

In recognition of the historical significance, the City has been asked to name the unnamed parkland located at 100 Highgarden Terrace as Bert Dowler Park. Bert was a successful farmer who started off by delivering milk, selling approximately 280 litres a day. He owned his first 55-acre farm on Bank Street, where he raised horses and cattle for sale. Bert played a pivotal role in the farming community in Ottawa South and was a senior member of the Billings farming committee. He was the go-to person to help the farming community and a mentor for new farmers.

Joan O’Malley Park (Ward 22 – Gloucester-South Nepean)

In recognition of the historical significance to Canada, the City has been asked to name the Rideauview Community Centre Park, located at 4310 Shoreline Drive, Joan O’Malley Park. Joan is known as the woman who sewed Canada’s first maple leaf flag. In 1964, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson’s government formed a Senate and House of Commons Committee to find a distinctive national flag. From about 5,900 submissions, the committee selected three designs for final consideration. On a Friday afternoon in the late autumn of 1964, the Prime Minister made an urgent request for prototypes of the three proposals to try out the following morning. Since no tailor could be found, 20-year-old Joan stitched the flags together, completing them shortly after midnight. She was initially told to keep her role secret and did not speak of her experience for 10 years, but her work was instrumental in developing the Canadian flag we know today.

Laura Dubois Park (Ward 23 – Kanata South)

In recognition of extensive community service, the City has been asked to rename Shetland Park, located at 24 Shetland Way, Laura Dubois Park. Laura is a community leader and has played a prominent role in the Kanata South community since 2007. She was selected to operate her own grocery store franchise: Laura’s Your Independent Grocer. She offers a special grocery program for seniors, helps to feed local school children through a school breakfast program and, in 2009, stepped up to help the Glen Cairn community recover after flash flooding. During the flooding, Laura would drive around affected neighbourhoods handing out food prepared at her store. For days, she would have meals prepared, delivering to those in need and hoping to be a friendly face of goodwill to her neighbours. Laura was recognized for her hard work and dedication with a City Builder Award in 2014.

If you would like to submit written comments regarding one or more of the proposals or obtain further information, please contact Commemorative Naming. Comments must be made in writing and received no later than Friday, August 27.

View each proposal online.

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