It has become something of an office tradition for our staff to participate in Jane's Walk, the annual community-based approach to city building that uses volunteer-led walking tours to encourage people to rediscover the value of walking, and to observe, reflect, share, question and re-imagine the places in which they live, work and play. With the return to in-person events for 2022, no less than three of our staff members have planned Jane's Walks for the first full weekend of May (7-8).
The Towers Among Us, with John
On Saturday afternoon, John is inviting the community on a walk around downtown to learn about the history of architectural towers and the factors that govern their design. The accessible 2.5 km route will meander around the downtown core, with stops at some recently built projects, as well as sites for proposed towers.Along the way, John will also discuss the emerging phenomenon in the downtown core, and what he believes it means for our community. The walk is expected to last approximately one and a half hours, with ample time for exchange and discussion.
Walk Start and End Location: The Clock Tower, Victoria Park at Gaukel Street, Kitchener
Date and Time: Saturday, May 7th, 2022, 1:30 pm-3:00 pm
Talk Your Walk With Pictures, with Margaret
Margaret's Jane's Walk will encourage you to search for inspiration in your community with a sketching / writing activity. We'll first gather at the Victoria Park bandstand, located across the historic truss bridge from downtown on beautiful Roos Island. Margaret will provide some basic directions, before we all head offindependently, or in small groups (as we choose) to observe and sketch and/or write some thoughtful words of things that we like. Sketches & words might capture aspects of our built and natural environment or people, or anything that might catch your interest. After one hour, we'll reassemble at the bandstand to share our drawings (we'll hang them on an impromptu clothes line) and each can say a few words about what they observed.
Things you might bring:
- A pen or pencil, plus an extra pen or a pencil sharpener.
- A small handful of Colours (pencils, pastels, watercolours, etc), but not absolutely necessary
- Water to drink
- A sturdy bucket to carry your utensils and to sit on when you are drawing
- Or bring a folding chair or a stool, or whatever works for you!
Walk Start and End Location: Victoria Park bandstand, Roos Island, Kitchener
Date and Time: Sunday, May 8th, 2022, 1:30 pm-3:00 pm
Gardens & Greens: A Tour of 10 Parkettes, with Scott
Following Margaret's walk, you're invited to take a stroll with Scott (our Practice Assistant) around downtown Kitchener and visit ten parkettes, including some that are well-known and appreciated and others that seem to have been forgotten. Conversation will focus on what we enjoy, dislike, and what opportunities might exist to improve these green spaces, or even create new ones. The just under 4 km loop will start and finish at the hidden gem that is the Waterloo County Gaol garden (next to KPL's Central Library).
Walk Start and End Location: Waterloo County Gaol garden
Date and Time: Sunday, May 8th, 2022, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm
If you would like to learn more about Jane’s Walk, please visit http://janeswalk.org/. We are looking forward to meeting you at our walks!