According to you , approximately:
74% of our dog park visitors drive there
and in total, each week:
5% visit twice (or more) per day
28% visit once or twice per day
41% visit three to six times per week
More recent comments:
I have been taking my dogs to the "dog park" in Stittsville for ten years and there is nothing like having this informal, free run type of socialization for the dogs, and also socialization for the people who take their dogs. Dogs NEED to run, to be with other dogs, to sniff and explore to be healthy and happy. And people who love dogs, love to chat with other people who love dogs.
Walking on leash is not enough exercise for most dogs, it is boring for the dog, and holding onto a leash with some dogs can wreak havoc on owners' neck and shoulders when their dogs stop suddenly to sniff or when they pull suddenly to get to something interesting (these are normal behaviours in dogs). Off-leash walking eliminates these problems.
On leash walking does not offer the same benefits of off-leash walking for owner or dog, and having a dog park in Stittsville is appreciated by hundreds of owners and dogs alike. We love "our" dog park, we love the people there, and we hope to keep it a part of Stittsville forever. - tb
I have been walking in this park for 11 years since 2003 with my dogs and my son who is now 17 and still enjoys walking with me and our senior dog and new puppy. It would be sadly missed if we lose the park. - cd
If it's not too late, let's keep this beautiful piece of land for locals and their pets. - fl
I feel that a designated off-leash dog park benefits all in our community...dog and non-dog owners alike. Well exercised dogs are happier and safer pets in our neighbourhoods. Not to mention the importance of well socialized dogs!!! It really can be argued that it's a community safety issue. I'm sure animal experts and local vets would provide testimonial to this!
- k sens fan
I love that I can socialize my dog, there nowhere else to go that is close by. I would hate to see it gone. - ld
I do want it preserved as an off leash dog park, keeping it as natural as possible. This is a very well used park and has been for many years. I made a partial list of people and their dogs for about six months. I arrived at a list of almost 300 dogs who use the park, most of them on a regular basis. - kt
We have been walking in the informal Stittsville dog park for the past 18 years. Our dogs love the off-leash experience and the Mom's & Dad's of these pups love the social time meeting up with neighbours. Please help the large number of dog families retain an off-leash park in Stittsville! – s & t
We'll be devastated to lose this park. There are so few other options in this area for dogs to socialize. Our only other option is driving to Bruce Pit. - anon
We moved here last August and use this park for our big dog every day. It's fantastic exercise for us and him and gives him a great place to socialize and relax without a long drive to Bruce Pit. We were saddened to hear that there are apparently development plans for the area. Stittsville has plenty of development underway already, surely some space can be set aside for residents that use and care for it. - gc
Please keep this park open. As ALL our statements reflect our environment and freedom between man and dog! – ar & ba
It's so much better than Bruce Pit. The dogs and the owners are like minded and well-behaved. Let us keep this space in Stittsville as a safe and well respected place for our fur-babies. - anon
This is a wonderful place for dogs to be off leash & enjoy their time with not only their owners but other dogs as well! It is a fantastic green space that keeps us staying in Stittsville. I know our family enjoys every minute we are there with our dog & would truly miss it. - kl
I don't use it anymore because my dog is permanently injured :(. However!! I use to live right on granite Ridge when my dog was a puppy. And Then. my answers to the questions would have been: “Walk. One min. 15 times!!”. We have moved to Elm and before my dogs "accident", we would “Drive 10min. 7x.” I use to love walking in the "park" Please don't take it away.....
There are fewer and fewer places for me to take my dog off leash and socialize with like minded people. The loss of this park would impact the health of a lot of dogs, let alone the people who own them. Please keep this park open to all who use and enjoy it.
I have been using this area for over 25 years. I moved to Stittsville over 29 years ago. - el
Can't imagine not having it available. - ah
I have been going to the off leash dog park for 9 years now and enjoy every day that I go. It's my oasis from my day to day life. Watching all the dogs run free and play together. It would be a very sad day if the park was no longer there. - ss
The dog park is a wonderful refuge from city noise and traffic. Walking in the woods with my dogs is truly an escape into a different world and the best relaxation for myself and exercise for my dogs possible. I would be extremely grateful for any efforts taken to preserve this experience and would consider the loss of the area to be a severe blow to the character and charm of the community.- sg
I absolutely find the park invaluable. My dogs enjoy the freedom and safety of this park to run around and play with other dogs. The variety of environments (apple orchard, coniferous forest and open plains) make this area very enjoyable to spend hours in. The people and dogs who frequent this park are kind, respectable and responsible. - ka
This off leash dog area is perfect for my dog and for me to walk, enjoy nature, and often talk to other dog owners. My dog loves meeting and greeting the dogs that are always present no matter what time of day we go. In the summer, it is cooler amongst the trees and in the winter you avoid the wind chill when you are amongst the trees. It is also a lot closer than Bruce Pit. It is a dog's right to have somewhere to go off leash and there are very few areas which allow this. Any dog needs to run and few owners are able to run with their dogs. My dog at around 120 pounds weighs more than me - how can I run with him. Taking him off leash he can run and enjoy himself and he always keeps me within view. I get the necessary exercise I need and he gets the necessary exercise he needs. The “Stittsville Woods”, as I call them, is perfect. - pt
It is a fantastic informal dog park and it would be a tragedy to lose it. - kb
I think it is a great way for dogs and their owners to collaborate, meet new people and enjoy the fresh outdoors. - anon
We have been walking our dog Flint at this park for seven years. He loves his walk every day and we all enjoy meeting other dogs and their owners. This is a perfect way for everyone to get exercise in a beautiful environment and it is lovely to see families with their children and their dogs all getting along with everyone. It would be an awful shame if the space is lost to the community. - ls & ds
My dog thoroughly enjoys the time he spends at the off-leash dog park. It allows him valuable time to socialize with other dogs and burn off some off his boundless energy. It is a wonderful place and is well worth our drive. - kr
I have used this park for 9 years and find it a great place to walk my dogs. - anon
It would be a tremendous loss to not have this informal location to let our pet dogs run free. This location or a suitable alternate would be good for the well-being of both our dogs and us as pet owners. Dogs of all ages meet at this park. For area residents with young dogs, the park enables dogs to socialize at a time when their behaviours are being developed. Dogs that socialize with both people and other dogs present fewer problems, reducing the likelihood that of our pets becoming aggressive. - pa
I recently moved to Stittsville and love that there is an off leash area where my dog can get her much needed exercise. - ra
One of very few local locations where dogs are free to exercise and socialize off-leash, not to mention a wonderful walk through some beautiful woodland for their owners. Please see that it stays this way! - cg
Fantastic place to take your dog. It would truly be a shame to lose this area. - ss
It is a wonderful place to come. My dog smiles as he is able to run free. All the people who use it are friendly. - anon
Certainly know it is not only a valuable place for pet owners but also local business owners (dog walkers/pet sitters) and lots of beautiful flora and precious fauna that depend on it for their survival!!! PLS SAVE THE PARK!!! - ec
We are a city of natural parks and green land, so destroying this park to allow more builders comes in, makes this City less welcoming. The number of people that have dogs in the City requires this park and others to remain open.
A wonderful place with great people and pets.
I don't know what we would do if they build on this land. I don't like going to Bruce Pitt. This is my 2nd dog that I've taken there. I've been going there for 12 years.
Please don't take away this natural space. This is a gem in Stittsville - the woods are absolutely beautiful to walk through. This is where I have brought my daughter since she was two and she has learned so much about nature. Now she has such a love for Mother Earth and the natural things that we see at the park.
It provides us with great exercise and fresh air. It's spiritually and emotionally grounding, and allows us to decompress from the crazy pace of life. My husband, myself, our daughter, and of course our sweet dog come here for wonderful family time whenever we can.
There's no better park than this one for a happy, healthy, well socialized dog. Our dog loves her off leash runs at this park - I don't know what we would do without it. This park benefits so many families it would be unforgivable not to keep it alive.
It's beautiful! The dogs love it and the humans get exercise and socialization too. - s
We just got our dog Dec 2013, and my friends with dogs introduced me to this area. My dog, Nellie, a 6yo Belgian/German Shepard mix **LOVES** to go and see her friends, and have a free-run!! Please, let's keep this park available to our 4-legged friends!! - jt
Great exercise and socialization for Dogs and Owners. - anon
Please preserve this off leash dog park. Not only do I and my friends enjoy the walks, but our dogs love it. It is a great place for our dogs to socialize, but it is also a great place for families to socialize and teach our children the joy of having a dog and how important exercise is. We can also teach our children about nature and enjoy how the whole community comes together to protect this unique area and to have family time with our dogs.
It shows the kindness of individuals who made bird feeders, supply winter feed for the birds and squirrels, and help to take care of our wildlife. To see the cookie tree decorated for Christmas and everyone taking turns to fill the jar with dog treats helps to show the generosity and kindness of the people who use this area. I remember my first visit and felt like I was walking through a winter wonderland.
Please keep this area not just for our dogs, but for our families. It is truly the best dog park I have ever taken my pets to. This will be a lasting memory for us all. Let's not allow our favorite place in Stittsville to disappear. Let us keep building memories and having fun with our families and friends in Stittsville. - ma
Love that I can take my dogs off leash in my own town. It's a wonderful way for them to socialize, and walking the paths through the fields and the woods is good for the body and soul! Please let this wonderful natural space go to the dogs and not to another cookie cutter development. - anon
It varies the number of times we use the park. Winter months is harder as it gets dark very early and I do not like to walk in the dark. In the summer months we try to get our 4 legged family member a walk daily. Keep the park....xoxo - b & s
This park is essential for any dog and owner as we both get our exercise, so we are both keeping healthy which is great for everyone. If we lost this park it would be a crime for both the dogs, dog walkers and people that just walk there. Please keep our park. - kk
My dog and I have enjoyed the Shea Forest for the last 12 years and I hope to continue to utilize the park with my future dogs. There are no off leash areas in the kanata/Stittsvile area save the Shea Forest and i think all should be done so it can remain. - sa
There is no place like this for humans and animals alike to enjoy. - a