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Jane's Walk: Lethbridge - Whatever interests you about your City, there's a Jane's Walk for you!

 


What is Jane’s Walk?
Jane’s Walk takes place in many cities around the world. Everyone is welcome to join in a free walk exploring the history and stories that shape our everyday urban experience. Through the simple act of walking together and discussing what makes a neighbourhood, Jane’s Walk helps knit people together into strong and resourceful communities.
 
Held annually on the first weekend of May, the event was created in 2007 in Toronto by friends of the urban thinker Jane Jacobs. In 2017, Lethbridge will host 13 walks in all corners of the City. Get out and walk and explore your city with fresh eyes and a curious mind.
 
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Friday, May 5th

Re-Imagining Galt Gardens​ - 1:30pm @ Galt Gardens

The Galt Gardens Master Plan was created to guide the future reconstruction of the City’s oldest park. Join this walk to learn about the inner workings of this Plan, including: the multi-stakeholder collaborative process used to create the “Vision”, the design principles that informed 4 design concepts, the ongoing public consultation that identified the most desirable elements from the 4 design concepts, and the final “preferred” design concept.
​ The Galt Gardens Master Plan is completed and reconstruction funding approval has been requested from City Council in its forthcoming 2018-2027 CIP budget which will be deliberated by Council in May and decided in June, 2017. Meet at the Galt Gardens!

Into the Streets: Graffiti Art in Downtown Alleyways with AJA Louden and the MAT (Boys & Girls Club)​ - 2:00pm @ Southern Alberta Art Gallery

Graffiti artist AJA Louden (http://www.ajalouden.com) and youth from the MAT program at the Boys & Girls Club of Lethbridge have worked together to create temporary street art panels that are installed throughout the alleyways of downtown. Join us on a guided tour with AJA and the youth artists as we explore creativity down rarely travelled routes in our city. Meet at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery!​

​Galt Gardens Cultural Chalk Walk - 4:00pm @ The Stage in Galt Gardens

The organizers of the Chalk Walk unfortunately have to cancel this event! They look forward to hosting Lethbridge's first chalk walk next year, and hope you'll come back! In the mean time, you'll be able to find chalk and information on the stage at Galt Gardens so you can do your own self-guided tour! If you see others chalking, introduce yourself and meet your neighbours! Enjoy the beautiful weather, and the wonderful public space that is Galt Gardens! ​

Saturday, May 6th

Downtown Public Art Jane Walk​ - 9:30am @ Rotary Square CASA

Guided tour of installed public art works throughout Downtown Lethbridge. Meet at the Rotary Square at Casa – 230-8th St S.​

Walk Along 13th Street North​ - 9:00am @ Shoe Solutions

Walk along 13 Street North, organized by Shoe Solutions on May 6th 2017 at 9am. This walk is for folks, customers and business owners to join us as we tour up and down 13st N. The purpose of this walk is to get to know your neighbouring business, chat about their history and the joy of local shopping. Meet at Shoe Solutions!

Long ago but not so far away - 10:00am @ London Road Park on the corner of 7 Street and 7 Avenue​

London Road Neighbourhood is the oldest neighbourhood in Lethbridge and to celebrate Canada’s big birthday this year we have planned a walk that will visit the oldest buildings/sites/parks in our neighbourhood and focus on the people who lived/worked/played in them, their lives and their impact on Lethbridge. Meet at London Road Park on the corner of 7 Street and 7 Avenue!​

Historic Theatres - 1:00pm @ CASA

Lethbridge has an extraordinary relationship with the performing arts, beginning as the city was first being settled. This 1.5-hour walk through Downtown Lethbridge will explore the early roots of performing arts venues and how they contributed to the growth of the performing arts sector. We will also examine why Lethbridge is in need of a Performing Arts Centre today. The tour will start at Casa and end at the Yates Memorial Centre!​

Back to the Future on 7th Avenue South - 2:00pm @ The Cutting Company, 1304 6 Avenue South​

This is Upper Victoria Park’s third consecutive Jane’s Walk. This year we’re focusing on the scenic 7th Avenue South from 13th St. to Henderson Park. Walking eastward, we will travel through time, sharing our avenue’s geological past and its future as a dedicated bicycle boulevard. In between, we’ll discuss trees, go-carts, squirrels, built heritage…and much, much more. Photo Credit: Galt Museum & Archives. Meet at the Cutting Company, 1304 6 Avenue South!

Activist Walk - 4:00pm @ Front Steps of City Hall

Meet us on the steps of City Hall on Saturday May 6 at 4pm for an "Activist Walk." We'll explore the stories and history of social, environmental and political action while we walk the route from City Hall to Galt Gardens, a traditional path for Lethbridge marches and protests. Walk participants will receive a zine in which they can follow along as we tell the stories, submitted by our community, of marches they have attended, hosted, stumbled upon, and had shut down before they could happen - highlighting the history of actions and passion that continues to shape Southern Alberta. Meet at front Steps of City Hall!

Sunday, May 7th

Nicholas Sheran Park West Lethbridge Walk - 11:00am @ Nicholas Sheran Elementary Front Entrance Area

Come and explore beautiful Nicholas Sheran Park Jane's Walk in West Lethbridge. Nicholas Sheran Park features a large man-made lake, a 18-Hole Disc Golf Park, an edible orchard, and over 100 acres of open space and beautiful trees and nature; and many fish, birds and mammals. A recent 2016 addition to Nicholas Sheran Park was a new Outdoor Fitness equipment park. Come out for a stroll, some light history, and some interesting neighborly conversations. The starting and ending point is the parking lot of Nicholas Sheran Elementary School 380 Laval Blvd W Lethbridge, AB, outdoors near the front entrance. There is plenty of street parking on Laval Blvd, or arrive by walking. Walkers might enjoy catching a social beverage afterwards right across the street at Backstreet Pub, 407 Laval Blvd W, Lethbridge, AB.

Benefits of Nature - 2:00pm @ Helen Schuler Nature Centre

How often do you get outside? Spending time in nature benefits people of all ages. It helps both our mental and physical health, allowing us to build stronger connections within families, among friends and in the community. Join staff from the Helen Schuler Nature Centre and Alberta Health Services to discover some simple activities you can enjoy on your next walk. Meet at Helen Schuler Nature Centre!

Jane's Ride - 12:00pm @ Fort Whoop Up Parking Lot

Jane's Ride returns for a second year and the route will explore some cool highlights of our beautiful river valley. With different guest speakers at every stop on the tour, you're sure to learn something new and have some great discussion! The route will be family friendly on mostly flat pathways, so road bikes or cruisers will be fine - no off-roading on this ride!
Jane's Ride will be led by members of BikeBridge Cycling Association and feature special guests from the City of Lethbridge and Lethbridge Police Services. We will also be launching the new BikeMaps.org project for Lethbridge, so come find out how you can make Lethbridge a safer city for cycling in 2017! Please wear your helmet!
Meet at Fort Whoop Up parking lot!

Saturday, May 13th

Walk, Talk, and Learn in the River Bottom - 9:00am @ Elizabeth Hall Wetlands

Louise will be providing the history of these Jane's walks, why they were started, and a brief history on Jane Jacobs, who these walks are named for. Coreen (if available) will be providing information on the habitants of the large marsh we will get to see, and also the different vegetation available in this area and why it grows there. There will be a number of stops along the way and there will always be time for any questions. Meet at the Elizabeth Hall Wetlands, next to Par 3 on the West side. There is parking here and we will start and end our walk in the parking lot. Everyone is invited for coffee after the walk at 3rd Ave. South McDonald's.