You may already be familiar with this world-wide Spring event, May 3rd to 5th, now in 212 cities, inspired by the life of Jane Jacobs, a writer, urbanite and activist. Jane insisted the voices of everyday people were heard in neighbourhood planning and city-building. This 2019, Jane’s Walk’s 10th anniversary in Saskatoon expects to match the record turn out last year of over 600 participants.
The only catch is the Varsity View/Grosvenor Park walk needs a volunteer leader. Organization and promotion is looked after by our Saskatoon planning group.
Jane’s Walks can be led by anyone who wants to share with others what they believe makes their new or old neighbourhood a special place to live. A typical walk takes an hour.
The volunteer planning committeeprovides a website for anyone who wants to lead a walk, or join one or more walks being offered free of charge. The committee also looks after the Saskatoon publicity for all the walks.
The process to register your neighbourhood hosting of a walk this year is easy.
A user-friendly form is on our new website: http://janeswalksaskatoon.ca/index.php/about/. Check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/JanesWalkSaskatoon/.
Committee members also respond to email inquiries, promote the walks to encourage participation, and act as co-hosts with walk leaders.
We look forward to seeing you at a walk in 2018!
Do you have a favorite spot that tells a story about Saskatoon – perhaps about your own neighbourhood?
Jane’s Walk, the 1st weekend in May 2018, is making the call out for walk leaders. A typical walk takes about an hour and is free. This event, now in 212 cities, is inspired by the life of Jane Jacobs, a writer, and urban activist who championed the voices of everyday people in city-building.
A user-friendly form for walk leaders is on our new website and this is also where you will check in late April for the 15 or more walks in Saskatoon that you might join: http://janeswalksaskatoon.ca/index.php/about/. Samples of topics and locations of past walks are on the blog http://saskatoonjaneswalk.blogspot.ca. Visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/JanesWalkSaskatoon/.
New and old residents alike, there is no better way to rediscover or “MEET YOUR CITY” than by participating in a Jane’s Walk.
Friday May 5 – Sunday May 7, 2017
Citizen-led walking tours towards community-based city building
Jane’s Walk is a movement of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. The walks get people to tell stories about their communities, explore their cities, and connect with neighbours.
Jane’s Walk – May 5-6, 2017
Every year on the first weekend in May cities across the world hold Jane’s Walks to encourage people to familiarize themselves with the places where they live work and play. This year we are keen to feature a diversity of neighbourhoods.
You don’t need to be an expert to create and lead a walk. A Jane’s Walk is a walking conversation where participants are encouraged to contribute to the discussion along the way. The walk can be a tour of something that makes your neighbourhood unique or it can be a study of an area that you are trying to change. It can focus on history, nature, community, play, religion, traffic, gardening, or anything else that you feel passionate about.
Check out janeswalk.org for more information about leading walks. If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be delighted to help you develop your walk.
Saskatoon is a booming place with people moving to our vibrant city from all over Canada and the world. New and old residents alike, there is no better way to rediscover or ‘MEET YOUR CITY’ than by participating in a Jane’s Walk.
Making change: 23rd Street protected bike lane
Led By Cathy Watts
May 7, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Meeting at Corner of 23rd. St. and 4th. Ave.
Considerable controversy has surrounded the first protected bike lane for Saskatoon. As a pilot project there have been many issues. Maintenance, usage, and design have all been vigorously debated by both those who have used it and those who have been inconvenienced by it from their car. Should the citizens of Saskatoon expect the city to play a role in facilitating healthy lifestyles through design of public space? As time permits the conversation may also include equity for all citizens who require convenience and safety in their daily travels. This could include transit riders, persons who are unable to drive, choose not to drive, or don’t have access to a car. Age-friendly issues which cross the community may also be included. Walk will conclude in the coffee shop “Karma” on the west side of 2nd Ave. close to 23 St.
Downtown Trivia Walk
Led By Pamela Brotzel
May 7, 2016 at 2:00 PM
Meeting at Spadina Cres & 23rd St
The Trivia Walk is open to anyone! Don’t worry the answers are all multiple choice! We will be walking around downtown stopping at interesting buildings, art installations, and other downtown attractions to hear a little bit of background information and answer a trivia question. Any red lights along our route, is just another opportunity for a trivia question. This walk will be full of facts and fun! There will be a prize for the winner and bragging rights of course!
NE Swale Part 1: Guided hike of the Meewasin
May 7, 2016 at 6:00 PM
Meeting at Northeast Swale on Lowe Road (Range Road 3050)
The hike will provide an opportunity to learn about the natural and cultural heritage of the Meewasin Northeast Swale and the plans to try to protect the area as it is surrounded by urban neighborhoods and crossed by numerous roads. Spring wildflowers will be in bloom plus grassland birds and waterfowl will be back. We will be walking on rough terrain; please bring shoes with adequate ankle support. Event will be cancelled in case of a heavy rain. There is no cost to participate.
NE Swale Part 2: Nature Photography
Led By Branimir Gjetvaj
May 7, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Meeting at Northeast Swale on Lowe Road (Range Road 3050)
We will focus our lenses on wild critters and details in nature found on a beautiful prairie landscape at the northeast edge of Saskatoon. The nature photography field trip will take place immediately after the guided nature hike with Renny Grilz and Louise Jones (6 – 7 p.m.). Come early and learn about things you will be photographing later during the golden evening light. Bring your camera, snacks and drinking water. Optional but recommended: tripod and a macro lens (or a zoom lens that can focus close enough to photograph lichens on rocks). We will be walking on rough terrain; please bring shoes with adequate ankle support. Event will be cancelled in case of a heavy rain. There is no cost to participate.