Once again it's time for Jane's Walk
! It's a weekend of free organized walking tours in honour of the late Jane Jacobs, author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities
, and ardent supporter of walkable communities. I love hosting these walks and giving citizens a chance to see their neighbourhoods in a new light. Since this is my seventh Jane’s Walk I thought I’d try something a little different and take some adventurous Calgarians on a train ride. My Ride the Rails: LRT to TOD
jaunt will take you through large swathes of our ward and show you how transit integrates into communities. We’ll start at the 39th Avenue station and at each stop I’ll explain how Transit Oriented Design (TOD) could shape that area. Calgary Transit has kindly provided me with some day passes so make sure to get there a bit before 2pm on May 3 if you need one! In 2 hours we’ll ride from 39th Ave to Anderson and back, with chances to get off and walk around along the way. Hope to see you there!
Following is a list of all the other walks happening in Ward 11, but you can also take a look at the Jane’s Walk website
to see what’s happening throughout the city - there are some really interesting trips being led by fantastic Calgarians and I encourage you to take advantage of as many as you can.
This walk will take approximately 2 hours and will tour Rutland Park, Lincoln Park, Mount Royal University, and Currie Barracks. Learn about the roots of the neighbourhood as a World War II training facility and the story that leads up to the new developments of the present day.
This one hour walk will take you around the 67-acre Glenmore Athletic Park, and allow you to hear all the inside information from The City of Calgary Recreation staff.
In less than 2 hours, this walk will take you to the future site of the SW Ring Road, and transport you through the history of the area – including how the Weaslehead and Glenmore Reservoir came to be owned by the City of Calgary. You will see the first Provincial highway through the Tsuu T’ina Nation, and where the largest World War I training camp in Western Canada once stood.
This 3 kilometre walk will take you past the first mid-century house in Calgary to be designated a Municipal Historic Resource, while you look for other highlights of mid-century design. You'll also pass another peak achievement of the time on your journey - River Park, gifted to the city in 1956.
True to the namesake of this series of walks, this 1-1/2 hour saunter will show you some New Urbanist neighbourhoods in Calgary, which include mixed use development. Learn both the history of the area, and why it’s such an important part of the City today.
This 2 hour walk is lead by two sisters who grew up in the neighbourhood, one of whom still lives there. They will walk you through the changes over the 65 years since Windsor Park was on the fringes of the city limits, right up to the present day where it’s considered an inner city neighbourhood.