jane's walk saskatoon

There are some great opportunities this weekend to get out and meet people in the community and explore areas of our city that you may not have paid much attention to in the past.

This year Saskatoon is participating for the second time in the world-renowned Jane’s Walk event.  Jane’s Walk is a series of free neighbourhood walking tours that help put people in touch with their communities and with each other.

“This is a way to show people that there is a lot more to the city than what you see behind your car window,” said local organizer Gord Androsoff. “If you get out and walk them, the sidewalks can reveal fun things to do and see for all ages, including young families.”

This year's Saskatoon walks include University of Saskatchewan architect Andrew Wallace discussing the "finest grouping of Gothic university buildings in Canada," a walk through Kinsmen Park to gather input on what the park has been and what a revitalized park may look like via the current master plan process, plus several more!  Check saskmom.com's May calendar as well as the official Jane’s Walk Saskatoon walk listing for all tour descriptions, departure locations and times.

All Jane’s Walk tours are free and are led by community volunteers. Gord said the tour leaders will not be your traditional “tour guides,” but rather facilitators to discussions and interaction among those participating in the tour.

Jane’s Walk honours the legacy of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs, who championed the interests of local residents and pedestrians over a more car-centered approach to city planning.

“Jane Jacobs saw sidewalks as a place to be busy and interactive,” Gord said. “She saw them as opportunities for building safer and more connected communities.”

I wish I could go on each of these interesting tours! Which ones sound most interesting to you?




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