Public open house for Evergreen Commons at the Don Valley Brick Works

Working with the City of Toronto, and Toronto and Region Conservation, Evergreen has developed an innovative plan in order to transform the Don Valley Brick Works site into an environmental community centre that is built upon the themes of nature, culture and community. At Evergreen Commons at the Brick Works, you will be able to experience how nature enriches the places in which we live, work and play.

The Don Valley Brick Works is a site of tremendous historical, ecological and geological significance. For 100 years, it produced bricks that helped build the skyline of Toronto. Acquired by Toronto and Region Conservation in 1989, much of the site has been turned into a natural regeneration park connecting it with the Lower Don watershed. However, despite being designated a significant heritage property, 14 of the 16 remaining buildings remain in a deteriorating state, fenced off from public use and subject to ongoing vandalism.

Showcasing the best in green design, Evergreen Commons at the Brick Works will be a place to enjoy nature in the heart of the city, rekindle community ties, and learn more about our rich national heritage. Plans include: the preservation and regeneration of heritage buildings; programming activities for the entire family including children’s camps, climbing walls, rope courses, pottery classes and ice skating; training and career opportunities for youth-at-risk; an organic restaurant and farmer’s market; and a native plant nursery and garden centre.

On Tuesday, November 29, or Thursday, December 01, 2005 from 7:00pm 9:00pm, find out how you can help create this exciting new community centre. Add your thoughts to the master planning process and hear updates from Evergreen and our consulting team. Discussion points will include:

*respecting the site’s industrial heritage
*using green design technologies (adapted to a heritage site)
*ensuring that natural habitats are protected
*addressing accessibility issues

The venue for the public open house is at the YMCA Central Toronto, located at 20 Grosvenor Street.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Lynsey Kissane at or 416.596.1495 x263.