"Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” - Jane Jacobs
Jane's Walk events return to Goderich May 6-7 and everyone is welcome to come out and explore different aspects of the town through a variety of community events.
Jane’s Walk is an annual celebration of the ideas and legacy of Jane Jacobs, a well-known urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building. Each year, Jane’s Walk events are hosted across the world the first weekend of May and focus on getting people out exploring their neighbourhoods and meeting their neighbours through free walking tours led by locals.
This year's walks, sponsored by the Maitland Trail Association, provide opportunities to explore the Courthouse Park Arboretum, the history of the Goderich Harbour, Goderich through the lens of R.R. Sallows, and the Maitland Woods. Full details of each walk include:
TREES AND THE NATURAL LANDSCAPE
When: Saturday, May 6, 10-11:30 a.m.
Meet at: South Street Plaza Courthouse Square.
Walk Leader: Martin Quinn
Tour the Courthouse Arboretum and discuss the tree varieties and the importance of this area to the vibrancy of the community. Then stroll down West Street to Harbour Park and look closely at the rejuvenation of this natural landscape.
GODERICH HARBOUR: ORIGINS, TRANSFORMATIONS & EVOLUTION
When: Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7, 2-3 p.m.
Meet at: Marine Museum, Goderich Beach.
Walk Leader: Paul Carroll.
Explore the evolution of the river and harbour and consider the challenges faced by the entrepreneurs who built our waterfront.
GODERICH THROUGH THE LENS OF R.R. SALLOWS
When: Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Meet at: R.R. Sallows Gallery, Goderich Library
Walk Leader: Colleen Maguire
Join Mr. Reuben R. Sallows for a walk "back in time" around the Square as he recounts his life in the emerging Port of Goderich.
MAITLAND WOODS WALK
When: Sunday, May 7, 1 p.m. or 1:30 p.m.
Meet at: Knights of Columbus Centre parking lot.
Walk Leader: Sjani Craig and Wendy Hoernig
Leisurely 1-hour guided walks of our in town forest. Walks set out from the Knight’s of Columbus parking lot on Parson’s street. MTA Plant Sale runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
For more information about this event, including walks that are happening in communities all over the world, visit http://www.janeswalk.org/