This weekend, Jane’s Walk returns to Belleville for a sixth year.
And by sheer coincidence, there will be six walks taking place in various parts of the city.
Inspired by Canadian urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs, these walks are meant to improve urban literacy all while hearing different opinions and perspectives about the city in an informal setting.
In the past six years, there have been over 20 walks drawing more than 800 participants according to Marianne Scott, chair of Jane’s Walk Belleville.
Each event is approximately 90 minutes long and everyone is welcome.
For more information, visit their Facebook page; Jane’s Walk Belleville.
A Community Called Corbyville – Join entrepreneur Richard Coureyea to discuss how people, history and ideas intersect to renew landmarks and create vibrant gathering places. May 4, 6:30 p.m. 86 River Road (Signal Brewery)
A Day in my Life – Join community developers Christine Durant and Steve van de Hoef on a walk through Belleville’s downtown, in the shoes of those experiencing poverty. May 5, 9:30 a.m. 295 Pinnacle Street (Salvation Army)
The Creative Corridor – Creative frontliners Melanie and Lara Hilmi will meet and chat with artists and entrepreneurs about what’s happening downtown at and above street level and why Belleville is an integral part of Ontario’s new creative corridor. May 5, 11:15 a.m. 272 Front Street (Capers)
Jane’s H2O Ride – Infrastructure nerd Matt Middleton will lead you on a bike ride and talk about why all water isn’t created equal. Learn what’s safe to drink, where it comes from, where it goes and other surprising facts. May 5, 2:00 p.m. Golden Jet – Zwick’s Park
Train Tracks to Bike Tracks – Belleville railway enthusiast and cyclist Jim Forbes wants you to travel with him on the new cycling infrastructure while exploring Belleville’s rich railway history. May 6, 9:45 a.m. South Front Street (Meyers Pier)
Jane and Orland Tour the Plaques – Bring our past alive and visit the various downtown historical sites with esteemed historian and publisher Orland French. These historical plaques were placed in various downtown locations in the summer of 2017 by the Hastings County Historical Society. They recall old Fire Station No. 2 (Chilango’s Restaurant), the great flood of 1936, the Pinnacle Street Railway, the Griffin Opera House and Mrs. Simpson’s Tavern. May 6, 1:00 p.m. 393 Front Street (Chilango’s).