It’s Jane’s Walk Weekend!

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One of the most exciting weekends of the year for people who love urban issues and urban exploring…. or exploring urban issues… Either way, there are 30 walks to choose from starting Friday May 4 through Sunday May 6.

Three walks are led by Midtown Mount Hope residents and two of them are hosted right in our neighbourhood. Jane’s Walk is a great way to venture farther afield and explore other neighbourhoods across the city. See you on the streets this weekend!

You can find all things Jane’s Walk Waterloo Region with these social media links:

Twitter: @janeswalkwr

Zuber angel in Mount Hope Cemetery

Saturday May 5 @ 10 – 11:30 am – The Famous and the Forgotten (Mount Hope Cemetery)

– led by Wayne Miedema

Begin at the Zuber angel (across from 128 Moore Ave, Kitchener)

In Kitchener Mount Hope Cemetery, there are so many interesting stories covering 150 years of the history of Berlin/Kitchener. We will visit memorials of people related to some events one hundred years ago in 1918.

We’ll visit one woman who served in WWI as a nurse and another that played an important role in Berlin’s party to welcome publicly generated hydroelectricity to Ontario. We’ll visit another woman that dug a foundation for an addition to the former Barra Castle even though she had only one leg. We will visit two of the Triumvirate of famous and loved teachers who worked together from 1876 at what is now KCI. Then one of the oldest stones with a birth date of 1787. And then two men who have been inducted into sports halls of fame … one called the father of soccer in Canada!

This year’s tour includes six new stops – and many favourites from other years.

sketch of the old McDonalds building on King Street with original building in the background

Sunday May 5 @ 1:30pm – Perspectives on Development through Sketching

-led by Trent Bauman

Begin at old Electrohome building (at Duke Street and Shanley Street), end at Google (at Moore Avenue and Breithaupt Street)

Join Urban Sketcher Trent Bauman and explore three Midtown sites through sketching while chatting about potential developments in Midtown as well as an award winning example of redevelopment. Come with your sketchbook and contemplate three sites with a sketcher’s eye to development. Bring your own paper & drawing/painting instruments, maybe a stool to sit on and umbrella for rain or sun

No drawing experience needed. Come out and have fun sketching.

The Janzen Fountain at Rockway Gardens in Kitchener

Sunday May 5 @ 2 – 3:00 pm – The History of Rockway Gardens

-led by Catherine Owens & Friends

Begin and end at the Garden House (7 Floral Drive, Kitchener)

Learn about the history of Rockway Gardens. When and how they were built, the significance of the design and how they are maintained. Take a springtime walk through one of the best preserved “Victorian” gardens in Ontario.

Master gardeners will be available to answer your questions on the floral and fauna and point out some of the trees that are unique to Rockway and not found anywhere else in Kitchener.

We guarantee you will learn five new things about Rockway. And, if you have pictures of the gardens from previous years – wedding photos, grad photos – bring them along to share with your fellow walkers.

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