By Lesley McKay, StittsvilleCentral, May 5, 2019
The Jane’s Walk in Stittsville took place on May 4th with a record crowd of approximately 120 participating — many coming from outside of Stittsville. Since Glen Gower began the Stittsville Jane’s Walk in 2016, he was again at the helm for his fourth year. Being a newly elected Councillor would not deter Gower from leading ‘something that is very important and meaningful to him’. In Glen’s introduction, he took us through the history of the Jane’s Walk and why these walks are so important to community members allowing them to share their stories, connect with neighbours and learn the ‘secrets’ of their own backyard. For those who hadn’t, Glen encouraged people to read Jane Jacobs’ book – ‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities’. Jane’s Walks began in Toronto in 2007, led by Jane Jacobs whose work theme was “to ask whether we are building cities for people or for cars”. Albeit Jane Jacobs was an economic theorist, her greatest impact was on urban planning for cities.
Here in Stittsville, the group commenced our Jane’s Walk from the Village Square Park and led us north to the Royal Canadian Legion. The Legion building was built in 1930 to house the Loyal Orange Lodge No. 210 (LOL) that served as a community hall for several years. The Legion purchased the building and to this day there are still relics of LOL in the attic. The ground floor of the building was once used as part of the public school which had outgrown the number of students it could hold. The Legion is currently in fundraising mode to construct a new building that will be a vibrant addition to our Main Street. The old building has served its purpose and upgrades are discovered to be too costly. Glen also added the importance of the ‘white building on the hill’ across the street from the Legion. This building, the former MacDougall Sales & Service, was once the Church site for the Methodist Camp that was located in Stittsville. That is another whole story upon itself that I plan to share in Stittsville Central at a later date.https://stittsvillecentral.ca/participation-grows-in-fourth-year-of-janes-walk/