Former Barrie Mayor Willard Kinzie honoured with new trailhead sign

Members of the media and the public are invited to attend an event to honour the late Mr. Willard Kinzie who would have turned 100 years old on September 26, 2019.  

Mr. Kinzie passed away on November 25, 2018 at age 99. He served as Mayor of Barrie from 1957 to 1961. Barrie officially became a city in 1959 during his term in office. 

 On Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 3:15 pm, Mayor Jeff Lehman, City of Barrie Councillors, and family members of Mr. Willard Kinzie will unveil a new trailhead sign to honour Mr. Kinzie, at the north end of the Barrie Marina Boardwalk. The unveiling of the new sign will be followed by the inaugural ‘Willard’s Walk,’ led by Mayor Jeff Lehman.  

Mr. Kinzie brought the concept of a waterfront heritage trail to the City. An avid trail user himself, 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 6 km outdoor trail around the waterfront with eleven 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.  

Photo: Mr. Kinzie’s bronzed handprint, cast in 2016, waits at the end of the trail at Penetanguishene Road to offer a “high five” to those who complete the trail.

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