Inaugural ‘Willard’s Walk’ part of celebration marking former mayor’s legacy

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Former Barrie Mayor Willard Kinzie will be celebrated at an event to mark what would have been his 100th birthday, Thursday, Sept. 26.
He passed away last year, on November 25, at the age 99. Kinzie served as Mayor of Barrie from 1957 to 1961, with the municipality officially becoming a city during his tenure, in 1959.
Mayor Jeff Lehman, city councillors and Kinzie family members will attend the event, planned for 3:15 p.m. at the north end of the Barrie marina boardwalk.
The event will include an unveiling of a new trailhead sign to honour the former Barrie mayor. The unveiling of the new sign will be followed by the inaugural ‘Willard’s Walk,’ led by Lehman.
Mr. Kinzie brought the concept of a waterfront heritage trail to the City. An avid trail user, Mr. Kinzie envisioned a way for residents to learn about our history while enjoying an open-air, self-guided interpretative experience on Barrie’s waterfront.
The Barrie Waterfront Heritage Trail is a 6km outdoor trail around the waterfront with 11 themed interpretive stations which tell the history of the city. The project, which will be complete in 2020, aims to raise awareness of Barrie’s historical heritage, fostering cultural enrichment for resident and visitors.