Walks – May 2022

Thanks for an amazing Janes Walk weekend in 2022! Still a couple of walks this weekend if you haven’t had your fill!

FRIDAY May 6th, 2022

CATALYZE AND CONVERGE:  RAMBLINGS OF A HERITAGE PLANNER ON DOWNTOWN HERITAGE, INVESTMENT AND URBAN DESIGN
Walk Leader: David Holdsworth, Downtown Planner
Date & Time: Friday, May 6, 12:00 P.M. Approx 1.hour
Starting location: City Hall Plaza (North Side of the Fountains) – #1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
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.

Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/catalyze-and-converge-ramblings-of-a-heritage-planner-tickets-316987517197

Downtown – WHATS IN STORE FOR DOWNTOWN: THE NEXT 10 YEARS
Walk Leader: Tom Beck, Senior Downtown Planner
Date & Time: Friday, May 6, 12:00 P.M. Approx 1.5 hours & 3 km.
Starting location: City Hall Plaza (north side of the fountains) – #1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Description:  Join Tom, who is probably one of the most informed City staff when it comes to what is happening in our Downtown, for the fifth year in a row on a walk looking at the various developments that are revitalizing our streets, public places, and transportation modes in the downtown core.

Register Here:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/janes-walk-whats-in-store-for-downtown-the-next-10-years-tickets-318873809147

A STREETCAR NAMED FLEXITY FREEDOM
Walk Leader: Ian Hosler
Date & Time: Friday, May 6, 12:00 P.M. Approx 1.5 hours & 2 km.
Starting location: City Hall Plaza (north side of the fountains) – #1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Description:  Join Ian on a walk through the downtown, looking at the history of the streetcar system that helped define our main streets, and the Capital Line LRT and new Valley Line system that will be running this year!

Register Here:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/janes-walk-a-streetcar-named-flexity-freedom-tickets-318869987717

SATURDAY May 7, 2022

TRAINING THE CITY:  PASSENGER RAIL IN EDMONTON
Walk Leader: Erik Backstrom
Date & Time: Saturday, May 7, 10:00 A.M. Approx 1.5 hours
Starting location: Ezio Faraone Park (11004-97 Avenue)  Meet at the statue
Description:  Passenger rail service between Edmonton and Calgary would significantly reduce carbon emissions while helping the Alberta economy and improving people’s transportation options. Join Erik Backstrom, one of the founders of Rail For Alberta and an urban planning historian, for a lively discussion of the past, present, and future of passenger rail in Edmonton.

Register Here:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/janes-walk-training-the-city-passenger-rail-in-edmonton-tickets-318880539277

COMMONWEALTH WALKWAY (East Section)
Walk Leader: Sheila Thompson
Date & Time: Saturday, May 7, 10:30 A.M. Approx 2 hours
Starting location: Front Steps of the Kinsmen Sports Centre, 9100 Walterdale Hill
Description:  Edmonton’s Commonwealth Walkway is part of a world-wide commemoration of Queen Elizabeth’s platinum jubilee. The route is marked with 30 bronze medallions bearing the monogram of Queen Elizabeth. This walk will stop at 14 medallions from Kinsmen Park to the funicular. We will return crossing the new Tawatina footbridge and following paved trails.  https://www.commonwealthwalkway.com/

Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/janes-walk-commonwealth-walkway-tickets-325266038477

HIGHLANDS – NEW URBANISM MEETS THE STREETCAR SUBURB
Walk Leader: Howard Lawrence, Jonathan Lawrence (EFCL Urban Planner)
Date & Time: Saturday, May 7, 12:00 Noon Approx 1.5 hours
Starting location: Mandoline Books and Coffee 6419-112 Avenue,
Description:  Highlands a Streetcar Suburb meets Jane Jacobs and the New Urbanists.  We will explore the concepts of the “Street car suburb” of which Highlands is an example and compare it with both New Urbanist principles and with the notion of the “Everyday Neighborhood” formulated by Emily Talen in her 2019 book “neighbourhood” Oxford University Press.  We will tour the neighbourhood looking at examples of the principles and discussing them in the light of livability.

Register Here:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/janes-walk-highlands-new-urbanism-meets-the-streetcar-suburb-tickets-318890729757

THE HOMES, HISTORY & PEOPLE OF THE UofA RING HOUSES & WINDSOR PARK (Sold Out)
Walk Leader: Lorene Everett Turner
Date & Time: Saturday, May 7, 2:00 P.M. Approx 1.5 hours
Starting location: University Club Parking Lot V, NW corner 9217-116 Street.  (Lots of metered on street and paid parking in the area)
Description:  Heritage buildings evoke special memories that connect people to the past.  They become focal points that tell the stories of the people, places and things that shaped our province, providing a deeper understanding of how we grew from a sparsely settled prairie landscape to a vibrant community of the twenty first century.  Join us to visit some of these early homes, known as the Ring Houses, & find out more about the people who lived in them and their significant contributions to the growth of our province and our university.  Refreshments will be available for purchase at the University (former Faculty) Club post walk.

Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/janes-walk-the-homes-history-people-of-windsor-park-tickets-320812247067 

CROMDALE CAPERS:  HOW FOOD AND ART CREAT COMMUNITY
Walk Leader: Patty Milligan and Sarah DeLano
Date & Time: Saturday, May 7, 2:30 p.m. Approx 1.5 hours
Starting location: Edmonton Urban Farm, 11312-79 Street
Description: We’ll start at the Edmonton Urban Farm and take a peek at how these formerly overgrown vacant lots are creating community and contributing to food security. From the Urban Farm, we’ll walk to Kinnaird Ravine to check out the amazing Kinnaird Ravine Mural Project, and then on to the Parkdale Cromdale Community League to wrap up our exploration of how food and art in urban spaces help us create community.

Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/janes-walk-cromdale-capers-how-food-and-art-create-community-tickets-323302936787

CURATING ALBERTA – Sold Out
Walk Leader: Senator Paula Simons
Date & Time: Saturday, May 7, 3:00 p.m. Approx 1 hours
Starting location: Meet on the main steps of the former Royal Alberta Museum, at 12845-102 Avenue.
Description:  Join Senator Paula Simons, for some sober second thought about heritage preservation, modernist art, and Alberta’s political history, as she leads a walk through the grounds of Government House and the old Royal Alberta Museum.

Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/janes-walk-curating-alberta-tickets-318894380677

SUNDAY May 8, 2022

COMMONWEALTH WALKWAY (West Section)
Walk Leader: Sheila Thompson
Date & Time: Sunday, May 8, 10:00 A.M. Approx 2 hours
Starting location: Meet that the Victoria Golf Course gates next to River Valley Road
Description:  Edmonton’s Commonwealth Walkway is part of a world-wide commemoration of Queen Elizabeth’s platinum jubilee. The route is marked with 30 bronze medallions bearing the monogram of Queen Elizabeth. This walk will stop at 10 medallions from Victoria Golf Course to the Legislature Grounds. We will return on a paved trail below Victoria Park Road to Victoria Golf Course.  You may wish to stop for refreshments after the walk at the Greenhouse Restaurant which is at our final destination. https://robertspencerhosp.com/thegreenhouse/

https://www.commonwealthwalkway.com/

Register Here:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/janes-walk-commonwealth-walkway-west-section-tickets-329165000377

CURATING ALBERTA, (Second Offering) Sold Out
Walk Leader: Senator Paula Simons
Date & Time: Sunday, May 8, 11:00 a.m. Approx 1 hours
Starting location: Meet on the main steps of the former Royal Alberta Museum, at 12845-102 Avenue.
Description:  Join Senator Paula Simons, for some sober second thought about heritage preservation, modernist art, and Alberta’s political history, as she leads a walk through the grounds of Government House and the old Royal Alberta Museum.

Register Here: (tickets on sale May 24 at 07:00) https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/janes-walk-curating-alberta-v2-tickets-326719375447

STRATHCONA HERITAGE (Sold Out)
Walk Leader: Scott Ashe & Andrew McLellan – Heritage Planners
Date & Time: Sunday, May 8, 11:00 A.M. Approx 1.5 hours (moved from Saturday)
Starting location: McIntyre (Gazebo) Park 8331-104 Street
Description:  Come join us for a walk around historic Old Strathcona where we will discuss the area’s origins, evolution and future.

Register Here:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/janes-walk-strathcona-heritage-tickets-318889074807

HOMESTEADS, SETTLEMENTS AND THRIVING IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY
Walk Leaders: Janada Hawthorne, Deborah Beaver
Date & Time: Sunday, May 8, 12:00 noon Approx 3 hours
Starting location: Mary Burley Park – 10465-97 Street NW
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 a local descendant of Alberta’s first black pioneer families, as she leads us on an oral historical walk of Black history in Edmonton’s core.

Wear comfortable walking shoes, and get ready for an exciting walk through a fascinating part of Edmonton’s history!

Register Here:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/janes-walk-homesteads-settlements-and-thriving-in-the-face-of-adversity-tickets-310710321937

EXPLORING DOWNTOWN’S QUEER (LGBTQ2S+) PLACES! (Sold Out)
Walk Leader: Darrin Hagen & Micheal Phair
Date & Time: Sunday, May 8, 1:30 p.m. Approx 1.5 hours
Starting location: Micheal Phair Park 10124-104 St.
Description: Join in the discovery and stories of the ‘queering” of downtown led by Darrin Hagen and Michael Phair as part of the Edmonton Queer History Project .

Register Here:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/janes-walk-exploring-downtowns-queer-lgbtq2s-places-tickets-318908332407

From River Cree to Yorath House: A History of Laurier and Buena Vista Park
Walk Leader: Adriana Davies
Date & Time: Sunday, May 8, 2:00 p.m. Approx 2 hours
Starting location: Driveway of Yorath House in Buena Vista Park.  Map: https://goo.gl/maps/3QsMfU5RoHbtfGo66

Description: The location of Yorath House is traditional territory of the River Cree. The fur trade was followed by the discovery of gold in the mid-1850s. This saw gold seekers panning for gold at nearby Miners’ Flats. Some squatted on the land and eventually filed for homesteads. In 1906, landscape architect Frederick Todd advised the City to protect the river views. Yorath House is a symbol of the post-war oil boom and Modern Style of architecture. The head of Northwestern Utilities, Dennis Yorath and his wife Bette built the house in 1949. The creation of Laurier and Buena Vista parks has meant that, over 100 years later, we can still enjoy the beautiful views.
Historian & poet Adriana Davies and archivist & visual artist Marlena Wyman served as the Artists in Residence pair at Yorath House supported by the Edmonton Arts Council and City of Edmonton for January and February 2022. Their works were featured in eight blog posts that they created: https://www.tumbral.com/tag/yeghistory

Register Here:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/janes-walk-from-river-cree-to-yorath-house-tickets-318909877027

A RIBBON OF GREEN (Sold Out)
Walk Leaders: Ian Hosler, Agnieszka Kotowska
Date & Time: Sunday, May 8, 3:30 p.m. Approx 1.5 hours
Starting location: Top of the 100 Street Funicular

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/bGzVTpQBGzJHKvem6
Description: Join Ian & Agnieszka on a walk through Edmonton’s Central River Valley, looking at the history of the valley, how planning decisions have impacted it over the years and the potential for it to become a National Urban Park.

Register Here:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/janes-walk-a-ribbon-of-green-tickets-318914500857

INSTAGRAMMABLE WALLS AND FOOD OF CHINATOWN 
Walk Leader: Linda Hoang
Date & Time: Sunday, May 8, 5:00 P.M. Approx 1.5 hours
Starting location: Outside Lucky 97 Supermarket 10725 97 Street (Chinatown)

Description: Join blogger Linda Hoang on a tour of Instagrammable Walls and murals of Edmonton’s Chinatown. We’ll talk about Chinatown’s past, present, and potential future, and participants will get to try some snacks from local Chinatown eateries.

* please note, snacks do contain gluten and meat, participation will be limited to those registered as food will be provided.  Limit of 15 people

Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/janes-walk-instagrammable-walls-food-of-chinatown-tickets-320803350457

Monday May 9, 2022

OLIVER (Sold Out)
Walk Leader: Scott McKeen & Michael Phair
Date & Time: Monday, May 9, 7 p.m. Approx 1.5 hours
Starting location: Shared Pathway Junction in Railtown Park just west of the 109 Street Save on Foods Map:  https://goo.gl/maps/fSsLohQFTZxFUW648
Description: Walk the Oliver neighbourhood with former City Councillors Scott McKeen and Michael Phair and hear first hand about how decisions of City Council translated into the real world!

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/janes-walk-yeg-oliver-tickets-313681889977

SPRUCE AVENUE THROUGH TIME: THE 8TH ANNUAL COMMUNITY WALK
Walk Leader: Wesley Andreas
Date & Time: Monday, May 9, 7 p.m. Approx 1.5 hours
Starting location: Spruce Avenue Community League, 10240 115 Ave (access from 103 Street south of Princess Elizabeth Ave). Meet on 103 St beside the league parking lot. Walk will return back to the parking lot
Description: Join us in Edmonton’s centrally-located Spruce Avenue neighbourhood for an evening stroll through our community’s past, from pre-settlement to today. This 1 hour 15 minute, 1.2 km long walk will share key milestones and features of community history, showcase homes participating in our house history program, and offer an opportunity to share with others, in a physically distanced, safe manner.  Link to the walk route:  https://sites.google.com/view/spruceavejaneswalk/

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/janes-walk-in-spruce-ave-in-person-may-9-2022-tickets-308344515747

Tuesday May 10, 2022

WESTMOUNT – ROOTED IN HISTORY, EVER EVOLVING
Walk Leaders: Ian Hosler
Date & Time: Tuesday, May 10, 7:00 P.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.

Register Here:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/janes-walk-westmount-tickets-324137091767

Saturday May 14, 2022

A HISTORIC WALK THROUGH MILLWOODS
Walk Leaders: Christina Gray
Date & Time: Saturday, May 14, 10:00 a.m. – 1.5 hours
Starting location:  Lee Ridge Community League 7910 36 Ave NW

Description:  Learn about the history of Mill Woods! MLA for Edmonton-Mill Woods, Christina Gray, will be leading folks through the Lee Ridge and Richfield neighbourhoods. She’ll share the history of the Papaschase reserve, the development of Mill Woods in the midcentury, and how some of our landmarks came to be such as Grace Martin School, the Keegano housing co-op, the Markaz Ul-Islam Mosque, and others.

Register Here:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/a-historic-walk-through-millwoods-tickets-335616988447

Sunday May 15, 2022

WHATS THE BUZZ:  GREATER HARDISTY COMMUNITY EVENT
Walk Leaders: Yasushi Ohki of Green Violin, Michelle Carlson
Date & Time: Sunday, May 15, 12:00 noon1.5 hours
Starting location: Fulton Place Sunshine Garden 10411-60 St (Across from Community League Hall)

Description:  This multi-league event is to showcase our latest community amenity, update our citizens on local planning and development initiatives, invite and promote active and healthy lifestyles. The walk starts at our community garden and league building, engaging citizen participant discussion about sustainable landscaping and permaculture. Local social enterprise leader Yasuhi Ohki introduces the concepts like a 15 minute community, middle density development, and how it applies to our neighborhood. Other discussion points include: walkable urban design, active transport pathways and the need for affordable housing and seniors housing.

Register Here:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/janes-walk-whats-the-buzz-greater-hardisty-community-event-tickets-324220581487

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