Thunder Bay residents will take to the streets this weekend to participate in Thunder Bay’s 9th Annual Jane’s Walk Festival. Local volunteers will be leading eight free neighbourhood walks that will inspire citizens to get to better know our city and each other. Walks are held across the world during this weekend in celebration of urban thinker, Jane Jacobs’s birthday (May 4).

“Jane’s Walk is about building strong neighbourhoods, connecting with neighbors and exploring a more holistic approach to neighbourhood safety and inclusion," said Lee-Ann Chevrette, Coordinator of Thunder Bay’s Crime Prevention Council. “Jane Jacobs embraced the notion that the safest urban neighbourhoods are those with an active, diverse street life. Her approach to urban planning, which puts people first, makes Jane’s Walk a natural fit for the goals of Thunder Bay’s Crime Prevention Council. Evidence shows that being seen in your neighbourhood and knowing your neighbours are major determinants of community safety.”

Jane’s Walk cultivates a broad understanding of how cities organically develop and thrive. It works to advance walkable neighbourhoods and promote Jacobs’ simple-yet-revolutionary idea that inclusive, mixed use neighbourhoods are the key to a healthy, safe and inclusive city.

Thunder Bay Walks:

  1. Exploring “big money” in early Fort William; banking, coal, grain and more: Friday, May 3 at 6 pm at the Corner of Victoria and May (in front of Scotiabank)
  2. South Core Neighbourhood Walk-about: Saturday, May 4 at 10 am at City Hall, 500 Donald St. East
  3. Celebrate Simpson/Ogden neighbourhood with Evergreen Walking Club: Saturday, May 4 at 11 am at Evergreen House, 139 Heron St.
  4. Current River Waterfront: Saturday, May 4 at 1 pm at Fisherman’s Park (at mouth of Current River)
  5. On the Waterfront: Saturday, May 4 at 1 pm at Prince Arthur’s Landing Splash Pad
  6. Waterfront District Walk Revival: Sunday, May 5 at 10:30 am at the new playground at Hillcrest Park (beside the Sunken Gardens)
  7. On the Waterfront: Sunday, May 5 at 1 pm at Prince Arthur’s Landing Splash Pad
  8. McVicar Creek Walk: Sunday, May 5 at 1:30 pm at Waverley Park pavilion

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Contact: Lee-Ann Chevrette, Coordinator Crime Prevention Council, 625-2554,