Jane’s Walks are Coming Up This Coming Weekend – Sign Up Now!

Mark your calendars for May 4 – 6! Feet First is happy to be hosting and promoting Jane’s Walk again this year. Several volunteers are putting together walks and we’ll post them as soon as they are finalized.

Jane’s Walk is a movement of free, locally led walking tours that celebrate the legacy of Jane Jacobs. It began in Toronto in 2007 and is now an international event held during the first weekend of May.

These walks are hosted in the spirit of Jane Jacobs, to inspire people to tell stories about their communities, explore their cities and connect with neighbors. Jacobs was a writer and activist whose book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, continues to motivate urban planners and community advocates.

Promoting and hosting Jane’s Walk aligns with Feet First’s mission. Jacobs championed walkable communities, mixed-use development, and people-centered places. She wrote passionately about the “ballet of the sidewalk” and conditions that allowed community life to flourish. Support of Jane’s Walks enables discussions about walkable communities, helping people explore their environment, connect with neighborhoods, and learn new information about their communities.

Find out more about the woman who continues to spark creative and collaborative approaches to build vibrant, walkable neighborhoods through community-based activism.

If you’d like to lead a walk, please click here.

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for more information and to register

Anne of Queen Anne
Longtime neighborhood denizen Anne Holmes and Feet First member Rick Browning will lead this interesting walk that begins and ends at Counterbalance Park. You’ll get to hear some history and experience the architecture of the neighborhood.

Rick, a local architect, can provide noteworthy information about the landmark structures along the route. Anne will add color commentary to share the insights of a long-time resident with a deep interest and commitment in the history and future of the Queen Anne neighborhood.

The walk is approximately 3.5 miles, with some steep hills and many uneven stairs and gravel surfaces. We will stop at Macrina Bakery on McGraw Street.

Children and dogs are welcome. Please keep in mind that we will maintain a moderate pace over the distance of the terrain described.

Sign up for this walk: MAY 6, 2018 @ 10:00AM — 12:00PM
Celebrate the Olmsted Park Vision

In the spirit of Jane Jacobs, this walk celebrates the Olmsted Park Vision. This walk loops around four grand Olmsted parks: Volunteer Park, Cal Anderson Park, The Arboretum and Interlaken Park. We’ll discuss the Olmsted vision for Seattle’s park and boulevard system as we Highlights include a trek the new Arboretum Loop Trail and the lively retail scene. This walk is sure to inspire civic discussion and the importance of walkability.

Sign up for this walk: MAY 6, 2018 @ 2:00PM — 5:00PM
Renton Civic Core Vision Walk

We’ll meet at Renton Piazza Park to launch our exploration of the Civic Core plan:

  • Pavillion, Backyard, Logan Festival Street
  • Renton Connector, Burnett Linear Park
  • Renton High School, Ikea Performing Arts Center
  • Chamber, Houser, Tonkin Park
  • History Museum, Library Riverwalk, Cedar River Trail
  • New Sartori Elementary School, Parke Avenue improvements
  • Ends back at Renton Piazza Park
  • Optional Four Generals Brewing visit: www.fourgenerals.com
Sign up for this walk: MAY 6, 2018 @ 2:00PM — 5:00PM
Ravenna Park Walk


Ravenna Park is one of Seattle’s oldest. This half-mile long wooded ravine located just north of the University District follows the course of the old Ravenna Creek that ran from Green Lake to Union Bay. Today it’s a popular spot for hiking, jogging, and picnicing. Come explore this urban jewel and discover it’s history. Learn about its origins as a privately-owned park in the late 1800s and how part of the creek was daylighted in recent years.

We’ll begin and end the walk in front of Cowen Park Grocery (1217 NE Ravenna Blvd). The walk itself will be about two miles with some small elevation gains (including stairs) and walking on uneven trails within the park. We anticipate the walk ending back at Cowen Park Grocery by noon.

Sign up for this walk: MAY 5, 2018 @ 10:00AM — 12:00PM
North Rose Hill Kirkland Walk


Join us as we discover the assets and possibilities of these neighborhoods as they begin updating their neighborhood plans for the first time in 25 years. We’ll explore open spaces, amenities, community gathering spaces, and opportunities for re-development.

This walk is great for people of all ages and abilities with only a few curb step-ups and terrain that is mostly gradual downhill. Expect a common walking pace of about 3 mph. Return transportation is available for many points along the walk via Metro Transit Route 238.

The North and South walks will overlap so that both include the NE 85th Street Corridor. If you choose to participate in both walks, the combined route will be 7.8 miles (4.5 hours).

Sign up for this walk: MAY 5, 2018 @ 11:00AM — 1:30PM
South Rose Hill Kirkland Walk


Join us as we discover the assets and possibilities of these neighborhoods as they begin updating their neighborhood plans for the first time in 25 years. We’ll explore open spaces, amenities, community gathering spaces, and opportunities for re-development.

This walk is great for people of all ages and abilities with only a few curb step-ups and terrain that is mostly gradual downhill. Expect a common walking pace of about 3 mph. Return transportation is available for many points along the walk via Metro Transit Route 238.

The North and South walks will overlap so that both include the NE 85th Street Corridor. If you choose to participate in both walks, the combined route will be 7.8 miles (4.5 hours).

Sign up for this walk: MAY 5, 2018 @ 9:00AM — 11:30AM
Historic Japantown Loop

We’ll be walking an excellent new loop of Seattle’s historic Japantown, using a map provided by the Wing Luke Museum, with help from National Park Service, Feet First, and many more. The walk will focus on the history of the neighborhood.

The spot to meet is the newly expanded Hing Hay Park, on the Maynard side, 423 Maynard Ave. S. I’ll be wearing a Feet First T-shirt, or if it’s raining heavily, look for a green baseball cap.

A surprise guest will join us. This person is very knowledgeable about the history of this amazing, historic neighborhood!

The loop is fairly short, about a mile, with some elevation gain in several locations. We will be on sidewalks throughout, no stairs. If you have any specific questions about accommodations, please email me (stewartj at seanet.com).

A definite time for this walk is hard for me to predict as much of it will depend on the questions folks on the walk ask. A great way to prepare for the walk is to download the map at http://www.wingluke.org/file_viewer.php?id=5706Ple… feel free to print this out and bring it along!

My best guess is we will be somewhere between an hour to 90 minutes in walk time. We’ll end up back at Hing Hay Park.

Dogs are welcome as long as they are on-leash. Children of all ages are welcome, but with the understanding that we may stop and talk for periods of time.

Sign up for this walk: MAY 6, 2018 @ 12:30PM — 2:00PM
Pioneer Square to Yesler Terrace

Guided by MIG/SvR civil engineers and landscape architects who played critical roles in the newly installed alleys in Pioneer Passage and Nord Alley, as well as the newly renovated and expanded Hing Hay Park at the top of the Yesler Terrace Hillclimb.

The walk begins at the Pioneer Square Totem Pole and ends at Yesler Terrace Community Center.

Don’t miss this chance to participate in a walk hosted by people who are working to make our built environment sustainable!

Sign up for this walk: MAY 4, 2018 @ 4:00PM — 6:00PM
Seattle Central Area's 12th Avenue

The walk is approximately one mile with no significant elevation change. We’ll be on sidewalks the entire way. All are welcome!

We’ll meet in front of Seattle Academy at the SE corner of 12th Avenue and E. Madison Street. As we walk south along 12th Avenue (with a few digressions) to S. Jackson street, the history and present of the area will spark conversation about 20th century history and current activity in a neighborhood that has been home to a rich mix of immigrant communities.

Historical sites of note are numerous:

  • Doc Hamilton’s BBQ,
  • 908 Club, one of Seattle’s most renowned speakeasies back in the day,
  • The auto body shop where Paul Horiuchi became injured and was “forced” to give up painting cars, turning to a different kind of art,
  • Seattle’s first Ethiopian restaurant that opened in 1981, and
  • Washington Hall, built more than 100 years ago as residence and social hall for Danish immigrants.

Washington Hall has served a broad spectrum of communities in the area–African American, Fillipino, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and others.
Along the way, we’ll pause to talk about the impact of mid-twentieth century institutional development on the pedestrian environment, as well as more recent efforts to promote recovery and create more walk-friendly places.

Sign up for this walk: MAY 5, 2018 @ 10:00AM — 11:15AM