2019- This Year’s Walks

FRIDAY MAY 3rd, 2019

CATALYZE AND CONVERGE:  RAMBLINGS OF A HERITAGE PLANNER ON DOWNTOWN HERITAGE, INVESTMENT AND URBAN DESIGN
Walk Leader: David Holdsworth, Senior Downtown Planner
Date & Time: Friday, May 3, 12:00 P.M. Approx 1.hour
Starting location: Sir Winston Churchill Square – The Happy Wall
Description:  If it has to do with historical resources in Edmonton, David’s the guy to talk to. He can tell you the story of Edmonton’s historical buildings, including those that have faded into history. Join him for a pleasant walk downtown, discussing the interplay between historical resources and recent investment on and below the streets in Edmonton’s downtown. We’ll also explore how Edmonton’s new City Plan will help promote creative investment and economic development across our city, while reflecting on what we have learned from our past.

DOWNTOWN RAILS
Walk Leader: Ian Hosler
Date & Time: Friday, May 3, 12:00 P.M. Approx 1.5 hours & 2 km.
Starting location: Sir Winston Churchill Square – The Happy Wall
Description:  Join Ian on a walk looking at the last vestiges of the CNR Rail Lines and Stations that once formed the northern boundary of downtown and shaped the land uses forever.

HEART OF THE CITY – A DOWNTOWN ART WALK
Walk Leader: Amos Kajner-Nonnekes
Date & Time: Friday, May 3, 12:00 P.M. Approx 1.5 hours & 2 km.
Starting location: Sir Winston Churchill Square – The Happy Wall
Description:  Downtown Edmonton is home to a collection of public art that is diverse, eclectic and compelling. Join Amos on a curated tour of some of the amazing public art downtown, from elegant, timeless sculpture, to breathtaking, gigantic murals, and all the wonders in between.

EXPLORING THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA
Walk Leader: Jill Robertson and Cameron Franchuk
Date & Time: Friday, May 3, 1:30 P.M. Approx 1.5 hours
Starting location: U of A Main Campus – Engineering Quad
Description: Join DIALOG structural engineer and University of Alberta Senator Cameron Franchuk, and DIALOG landscape architect Jill Robertson for this fun walkabout the University of Alberta campus. Learn about the history of the campus, its origins from a planning perspective, and visit some of its key spaces, places, and destinations.

GREENER AS WE GROW:  A SUSTAINABILITY STROLL
Walk Leader:  Stefanie Drozda and Howaida Hassan, City of Edmonton
Date & Time:  Friday, May 3, 4:00 pm, 1.5 hours in length
Starting location: Meet at the base of the stairs to the Council Chambers in City Hall.  #1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Description:  When people think of cities, and downtown areas in particular, sustainability and the environment are not often top of mind. This walk will challenge that idea by sharing the innovative ways the City of Edmonton, local businesses and organizations in the downtown have reduced their impact on the environment. We’ll explain how Edmonton’s new City Plan will help protect local ecology and develop Edmonton sustainably as we plan to grow to a city of two million people. We will also share how you can take personal action to reduce your impact through the City’s Change for Climate initiative.

SATURDAY MAY 4TH, 2019

SPRUCE AVENUE HOUSE HISTORIES TOUR – Part 2
Walk Leader: Wesley Andreas
Date & Time: Saturday, May 4, 10:00 A.M. Approx 2 hours
Starting location: In front of the Old North Telephone Exchange (now AHS Rehab Research Centre) 10105-112 Avenue.
Description:
Join us in the Spruce Ave neighbourhood for our 5th Annual Jane’s Walk!
Building on last year’s “Part 1”, we‎ are again holding a House Histories Tour, visiting homes participating in the Home Histories sign program. We’ll share interesting histories of Spruce Ave’s homes and first residents and if you’ve joined before, we’ll mix things up with some new (and some old) content. We’ll also talk about the history of the neighbourhood, and wrap up with refreshments at the hall where our annual Spruce Ave Community Rummage Sale is happening.

Please bring your walking shoes and a water bottle – Note that our neighbourhood is undergoing street and sidewalk renewal, so there may be some uneven terrain!

A RE-BUILDABLE CITY:  EDMONTON’S ZONING BYLAW RENEWAL 
Walk Leader: Colton Kirsop and Gabrielle Donoff
Date & Time: Saturday, May 4, 10:00 A.M.  Approx  2.8 km.
Starting location:  North side of the Oliver Exchange, 12021 102 Ave, outside.
Description:Edmonton’s urban form reflects the realities of a boom-bust town: a mix of older buildings, new buildings, vacant lots, and construction projects. How should we regulate what new development looks like, where it goes, and what it is used for? Join Edmonton’s Zoning Bylaw Renewal team, in partnership with Edmonon’s new City Plan, to explore examples of building reuse and development and reflect on what future mixed-use zoning could mean in Edmonton.

FULTON RAVINE: REDISCOVERING ONE OF EDMONTON’S LOST CREEKS  
Walk Leader:  Erik Backstrom and Shannon Clarke
Date & Time: Saturday, May 4, 12:30 P.M. Approx 1.5 hours
Starting location:  Capilano Branch, Edmonton Public Library, 9915-67 Street NW, outside
Description: In this walk organized by the Greater Hardisty Community Sustainability Coalition, discover the history and significance of the Fulton Ravine. Urban planner and planning historian Erik Backstrom will discuss the environmental history of the ravine and community librarian Shannon Clarke will explain how the new Capilano Library takes advantage of its ravine-side location. The walk will be about 3 km long, from Capilano Library to 106 Avenue and back again.

STROLL THROUGH OLDE TOWN BEVERLY  
Walk Leader: Amanda Harriman-Gojtan
Date & Time: Saturday, May 4, 1:00 P.M. Approx 1 hour
Starting location:  Beacon Heights/Jubilee Park 12037- 43 Street
Description: A look back at the history that made Beverly a town, with a few stops of interest along the way. Sharing comments and personal experiences encouraged along the way!

MUSEUM OF SOMALIS IN EDMONTON  
Walk Leader: Naima Haile
Date & Time: Saturday, May 4, 1:00 P.M. Approx 2 hours
Starting location:  Central McDougall Diversity Centre 10508 107 Ave
Description: The Somali Canadian Cultural Society is developing a museum of Somalis in Edmonton and we would like you to join in our walk in Central McDougall & Queen Mary Park.  Our theme is about the Museum and the first Somali settlers in Edmonton. During our walk we will talk the importance of establishing a Museum for Somalis and sharing our culture and contribution in Edmonton.  We will also stop for Somali tea and Samosas at the Diversity Cente.

THE HEART OF BOYLE STREET:  A NEIGHBOURHOOD WALKING MAP LAUNCH
Walk Leader: Joelle Reiniger
Date & Time: Saturday, May 4, 2:00 P.M. Approx 60 minutes
Starting location:   In front of the Boyle Street Plaza
9538, 103A Ave NW
Description: Come for a walk through the Boyle Street neighbourhood, followed by light refreshments and conversation on our community centre patio. All are welcome.  Boyle Street is one of Edmonton’s oldest neighbourhoods and the site of the city’s original downtown. Its pedestrian network is a web of narrow streets that traces the boundaries of historic river lots, overlayed with Edmonton’s modern grid road system. Signs of the past are everywhere and the heritage buildings that dot the neighbourhood’s streetscapes tell an architectural story of diversity and resilience. Historically a working class neighbourhood, Boyle Street has welcomed generations of migrants and immigrants starting a new life in Edmonton. The community is deeply rooted in cultural diversity and encompasses a large part of Edmonton’s original Chinatown.

GARNEAU WALK # 1:  CENTRAL GARNEAU 
Walk Leader: Graham Bell
Date & Time: Saturday, May 4, 2:00 P.M. Approx 1.5 hours
Starting location:  The corner of Garneau Park, 109 Street and 84 Avenue, by the plinth with the historical information
Description: There is always lots of development in Garneau as well as some original homes and businesses.  With its mixture of old and new, Garneau provides a good place to see the ideas of Jane Jacobs played out on the streets and avenues.  This walk covers parts of Garneau between 83 Avenue and 86 Avenue and 107 Street and 112 Street.

THE VILLAGE AT GRIESBACH – WHERE MILITARY LEGACY, COMMUNITY AND ACTIVE LIVING COLLIDE 
Walk Leader: Marvin Neumann, Walk organized by Kairi Pawlick                                    Date & Time: Saturday, May 4, 2:30 P.M. Approx 1.5 hours (option to break away at the half point mark)
Starting location:  Meet at the northwest corner of General Griesbach Roundabout (the intersection of Griesbach Parade and Gault Boulevard)
Description: Starting at the General Griesbach Roundabout and Patricia Park Plaza, this walk will touch on the military heritage and legacy that is honoured and commemorated in the Village at Griesbach Community, and also include discussion on design elements of the streetscapes, parks and building architecture that promote legacy, community and active living. The tour will be led by the Senior Director of Real Estate at Canada Lands Company who has been involved in the Development of Griesbach since the very start in 2003.

The tour will include Patricia Lake and history of the PPCLI, Gault Boulevard showcasing one of the more prominent streetscapes and building architecture in the community, the Griesbach Community Gardens home to 144 plots and what has become a central community hub, the Central Hill Park a 24 acre green space with an approximate 90 ft elevation gain (and exceptional views of downtown Edmonton!), and Bedford Basin with a brief history on the Navy.  In addition, we are coordinating and hoping to have a member of the Griesbach Community League, one of the directors of the Griesbach Community Garden and one or two military veterans join the walk to share additional first hand stories and information.

SUNDAY MAY 5TH, 2019

WESTMOUNT – ROOTED IN HISTORY, EVER EVOLVING
Walk Leaders: Ian Hosler
Date & Time: Sunday, May 5, 10:00 A.M. 1.5 hours
Starting location: Westglen School – front steps 10950-127 Street
Description:
Join me for a walk around my neighbourhood – Westmount and take in the historical charm, vanished history, public art and the old & new architecture of this ever evolving Edmonton neighbourhood.  We will explore some of the stories brought to light by the new Westmount Heritage Plaque program.

WALKABLE GARDEN SUITES
Walk Leaders: Sarah Hoyles + Ashley Salvador
Date & Time: Sunday, May 5, 10:30 A.M. 1.5 hours
Starting location: In front of Belgravia Hub + Gracious Goods (7609 115 Street NW)
Description:  Join us for a walk through Edmonton’s Belgravia neighbourhood, where we’ll explore the growing backyard trend – garden suites.  Led by YEGarden Suites and Walkable Edmonton, the 1.5 hour Jane’s Walk will detail the history, changes and walkability happening in the community.
The tour will start in front of Belgravia Hub + Gracious Goods ( 7609 115 Street NW) weaving its way through the neighbourhood to finish off at End of the World aka Keillor Point (7433 Saskatchewan Dr NW).   The tour will begin at 10:30am, so please arrive 10 minutes early.
PLEASE NOTE:
  Walk leaders would like you to RSVP via Eventbrite to let them know you’re coming: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/janes-walk-walkable-garden-suites-tickets-60478081570

GARNEAU WALK # 2 :  NORTH GARNEAU
Walk Leaders: Graham Bell
Date & Time: Sunday, May 5, 11:00 A.M.  1.5 hours
Starting location: Garneau Lamp, South end of the High Level Bridge
Description:  In this area, we visit the site of the original 1874 homestead of Laurent and Eleanor Garneau, now occupied by a brand-new University building. Much of the original north Garneau has been redeveloped in the years 1960 to 2016. Nevertheless, some major buildings of historic interest remain, such as the Garneau Movie Theatre, as well as original homes dating from about 1912.

QUEEN ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY WALK 
Walk Leaders: Shirley Lowe
Date & Time: Sunday, May 5, 1:00 P.M. 2 hours
Starting location: Queen Alexandra Community Hall 10425 University Avenue
Description:  A historical community in the center of the city, Queen Alexandra is a diverse, evolving and walkable neighbourhood with a great story to tell.

STORIES OF THE FORMER ROYAL ALBERTA MUSEUM 
Walk Leaders: Darrel Babuk
Date & Time: Sunday, May 5, 1:30 P.M. 1.5 hours
Starting location: 12845 – 102 Avenue.  Meet at the main entrance (south doors) of the former Royal Alberta Museum
Description: Participate in a tour of the exterior of the former Royal Alberta Museum: its stylist impressions, its fossils, its engravings, its sculptures, its grounds. Learn about its relevance to Alberta’s cultural heritage.  Your tour leader, Darrel Babuk is a local Edmonton architect who has been a regular presenter for the City of Chicago’s Mayor’s Office “Great Chicago Places and Spaces” festival, and often heard on Edmonton radio, television and quoted in newspapers.

HOMESTEADS, SETTLEMENTS AND THRIVING IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY:  THE BLACK EXPERIENCE IN HISTORIC EDMONTON
Walk Leaders: Deborah Beaver and Mary Rose Walker
Date & Time: Sunday, May 5, 2:00 P.M. 2 hours
Starting location: Mary Burlie Park – 10465-97 Street
Description:  Have you ever wondered what life was like in turn of the century Edmonton for Black settlers, workers and business owners? Did you know that Edmonton’s first Black church is over 100 years old and is still very active in the community! Do you want to learn more about the social, political and cultural contributions Black settlers had in building our City? Join Deborah Beaver and Rose Mary Walker, two descendants of Alberta’s first black pioneer families, as they lead us on an oral historical walk of Black history in Edmonton’s core.  Wear comfortable shoes and get ready to learn, hear and share stories about a fascinating part of Edmonton’s history.

PLEASE NOTE:  Walk leaders would like you to RSVP via Eventbrite to let them know you’re coming: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/janes-walk-homesteads-settlements-and-thriving-in-the-face-of-adversity-the-black-experience-in-tickets-60845895712

RIVER CROSSING EXPLORATION
Walk Leaders: Kathryn Ivany
Date & Time: Sunday, May 5, 3:00 P.M. (1.5 hours)
Starting location: Meet at the John Walter Museum, on the north side of the Kinsmen Sports Centre parking lot.
Description:  Edmonton’s river valley neighbourhoods are the oldest. This walk will focus on the history and development in the river valley from the 1890s to today and plans for the future. Walterdale, Rossdale and the connections across the river and the parks along it can be discussed and explored. A brief visit to the Queen Elizabeth park will be included to whet your appetite to explore later at your leisure.  Visitors will be welcome to view the John Walter Museum prior to the tour from 1:45 PM on.

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