Jane's Walk in Regent Park
On Saturday May 7th and Sunday May 8th the Regent Park community welcomed everyone to the Jane’s Walk. Regent Park is undergoing a major transformation. The Regent Park community hopes that more opportunities for residents and welcoming the city back into the neighbourhoods will come from the revitalization. Jane’s walk continues the mission of Jane Jacob’s, who was an influential American-Canadian urban activist. Many people came out to support and understood Jane’s vision, which was the significance of local residents having participation on how their communities grow overtime. This is a perfect example of the Regent Park neighbourhood. Jane’s Walk motivated people to inform themselves with the places such as organizations, work places, stores, support services and schools.
The tour was 15 minutes long and each group on the tour visited sites such as; Daniels Presentation Centre, 1 Cole Street, The New Big Park and Aquatic Centre, The Peace Garden, Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre, 14 Blevins Place / Nelson Mandela Public School, Paintbox Condominiums and Regent Park Centre for Learning, Children and Youth Hub & of course we could not have a tour without Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre. When people came to visit Focus, they were able to watch the Regent Park Focus House Band perform in the studio, listen to the Catch da Flava radio show, read the Catch da Flava magazine and see what articles the youth were working on, watch videos created by the youth and even ask questions. Visitors especially loved seeing the Mammal just before they came down to Focus. Everyone was enthusiastic about the Mammal. The staff, volunteers and children and youth participants at Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre were so happy to welcome visitors to the new space at 38 Regent Street. Visitors also had the opportunity to ask questions. Regent Park Focus continues to encourage children and youth to liberate themselves, use the arts, media and creativity as a tool to change the negative perspectives and stereotypes that outsiders and the mass media has about the Regent Park community and the people. Since 1991, Regent Park Focus continues to support the youth to make inspiring, funny and educational videos, radio shows and magazine articles about issues and hot topics in the Regent Park community and our society.
If you missed Jane’s Walk and would like to learn more about the Regent Park community and these extraordinary locations, take time out of your busy schedule and perhaps on a weekend, go on your own walk with a friend, co-workers or your family and grasp the history and future of the revolutionary Regent Park Focus community. Please stop by even if you want to hang out, do your homework or use our computers. Remember we are always looking for volunteers and we always need youth who have a passion for the arts and media to make a positive change and have their input community strategies, meetings and events.
Also, check out this article about Jane's Walk in Now Magazine! http://www.nowtoronto.com/daily/news/story.cfm?content=180598
Youth Outreach Coordinator