Jane’s Walk in Orillia

Press Release

Sustainable Orillia and Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) present another engaging walk-and-learn opportunity in Orillia on Saturday, May 27 at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Each walk focuses on the West Ridge development and community.

Jane’s Walk in Orillia is presented in honour of renowned urban planner Jane Jacobs who was an urbanist and activist. Jacobs’s writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city-building. She had no formal training as a planner, yet her 1961 book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, introduced ground-breaking ideas about how cities function, evolve and fail – ideas that now seem like common sense to generations of architects, planners, politicians and activists.

The 90-minute, two kilometre walk will be led by Township of Severn director of planning David Parks, and Kristin Pechkovsky, leadership team chair of Lakeland District OPPI and senior policy advisor for the County of Simcoe.

Participants are asked to meet at the parking lot behind the Taco Bell at 705 University Avenue. You will explore different residential activities, commercial activities, green space, walkable areas and traffic safety. The tag-team hosts will provide interesting opinions and insights on this development and ideas on what we can look for in the future. 

Register today for one of these walks and explore the good, the bad, and the ugly of the residential, commercial, recreational and educational aspects of West Ridge in Orillia.


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