Walk. Observe. Connect. Jane's Walks Charlotte, May 1-3, 2015

You're invited to a citywide celebration of neighborhoods, called Jane's Walks, May 1-3, 2015. See below for a list of this year's planned walks. More will be added, so check back often. If you'd like to organize your own Jane's Walk, please contact Mary Newsom or Lisa Shepard.

 

JUST ADDED: STEWART CREEK WALK POSTPONED TO MAY 16

ENDERLY PARK (MAY2)

WHAT LIVES IN LITTLE SUGAR CREEK? (MAY 3)

PLAZA MIDWOOD BIKE TOUR (MAY 10)

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ABOUT

Every year, neighborhoods around the world organize Jane Jacobs Walks during the first weekend of May. The idea: Encourage everyone to meet their neighbors, learn more about where they live, and better understand their city.

Since 2012, PlanCharlotte.org has sponsored Jane’s Walks in Charlotte. The walks are free and open to all. Some are co-sponsored with partnering groups. Usually registration is not required, although we’d prefer it if you registered in case of last-minute changes or rain dates.

For more information, please visit http://janeswalk.org/united-states/charlotte/

More about Jane’s Walks in Charlotte

2012: In Jane Jacobs’ footsteps, exploring what’s ‘urban’ 

2013: Jane Jacobs walkers explored Charlotte’s trendy, and not-so-trendy, areas

2014: Jane’s Walk: A weekend of discoveries

Registration requested, but not required

WALKS FRIDAY, MAY 1

Myers Park neighborhood walking tour.  6 p.m., meet at Napa on Providence, 110 Perrin Place. Charlie Succop, education coordinator at Charlotte Museum of History, will lead the walk, which will end with refreshments at Napa. Co-sponsored with Charlotte Museum of History. The museum requires registration for the post-walk event at Napa: Click here to register online with the museum.

WALKS SATURDAY, MAY 2

Little Sugar Creek cleanup. 9-11:30 a.m.  Meet at Parkwood Avenue and North Davidson Street. Walk ends at 12th Street.  Walk along the greenway or hop in the creek with wading boots, and help clean up trash. This event is part of the Great American Cleanup, a nationwide series of cleanup and community beautification events March 1-May 31, and is organized by Keep Charlotte Beautiful and Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful. Walk leader: Scott Adams. More information here.

Passage Of Rain to Irwin Creek. 10:30 a.m. Meet at Clanton Pavilion, 3132 Manchester Dr.,  end at Revolution Park Sports Academy, 1225 Remount Rd. Explore artist Stacy Levy’s Passage of Rain installation with the artist and with Revolution Park neighborhood leader John Howard, City of Charlotte’s historic district administrator. Stacy Levy’s installation in west Charlotte’s Revolution Park neighborhood reveals the path of rain and runoff along a .8-mile stretch, from street to storm drain to stream to a final destination in Irwin Creek. Volunteers installed it March 28-29, project will be on-site for one year. Co-sponsored with KEEPING WATCH on WATER: City of Creeks.

Little Sugar Creek Greenway, with landscape architect Beth Poovey.  9:30 a.m.  Meet at the ground floor entrance to the Target parking deck, off Charlottetowne Avenue entrance. Hear landscape architect Beth Poovey discuss the design of the greenway from Seventh Street to Morehead Street. Co-sponsored with KEEPING WATCH on WATER: City of Creeks.

Munching Tour of East Charlotte eateries. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tom Hanchett, historian at Levine Museum of the New South, a walk co-sponsor, will lead this exploration of immigrant entrepreneurship and ethnic eateries. NOTE: Tour has limited capacity and is full. To put your name on a wait list, please contact Lisa Shepard, leshepar@uncc.edu, 704-687-1205. Meet in the parking lot in front of Nile Ethiopian Grocery, 3113 N. Sharon Amity Road. More information here.

Enderly Park: from farmland to future development. 2-3:30 p.m. Meet at gravel lot at Tuckaseegee Road and Parkway Avenue. Parking: Behind Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center, 2921 Tuckaseegee Road. Walk will highlight today's favorite neighborhood spots as well as historic ones, including the former Lakewood Amusement Park. Walk leader Greg Jarrell will discuss the area's demographic changes from old farmland to middle-class neighborhood to working class neighborhood to current redevelopment plans. Contact: Greg Jarrell 704-654-6546, grjarrell@gmail.com.  

WALKS SUNDAY, MAY 3

What Lives In Our Creeks? 2 p.m. Meet at Freedom Park near the East Boulevard park entrance. Walk upstream along the Liz Hair Greenway toward Morehead Street, as walk leader Olivia Edwards, environmental supervisor with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services, explores the fish and bugs of Little Sugar Creek. Learn how aquatic organisms have been affected by changes in the city through the years. Co-sponsored with KEEPING WATCH on WATER: City of Creeks.

Civic History at Pinewood-Elmwood Cemetery. 3 p.m.  Meet at the main cemetery gates on West Sixth Street in uptown's Fourth Ward neighborhood. Walk led by Fourth Ward residents Lynn Weis and Bill Hart.  More information here.

BIKE RIDE SUNDAY, MAY 10

Sunday Slow Riders' Bike Tour of Plaza Midwood: Then and Now. 2 p.m.  Meet at Okra, 1916 Commonwealth Ave. Ride will visit a few historical sites as well as more recent developments and discuss the impact on the neighborhood. Ride leaders: Pamela Murray and Katie Zager. Riders must bring their own bikes and helmets. More information here.

SATURDAY, MAY 16

Stewart Creek, with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services.  9:30am.  Meet at the Fran's Boys & Girls Club, 2600 W Trade Street. Walk beside Stewart Creek through Biddleville-Smallwood, learn about plans to help water quality and lessen flooding. Co-sponsored with KEEPING WATCH on WATER: City of Creeks.


PlanCharlotte's Jane's Walk initiative is funded with a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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