Evergreen celebrates Ravine Day
TORONTO, ONTARIO (May 12, 2019) – Evergreen presents Ravine Day, a series of family-friendly activities at Evergreen Brick Works, as part of the City of Toronto’s week-long Ravine Days celebration. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. visitors will participate in outdoor activities like bird house painting, bee hotel making, guided walks and performances. Ravine Day was generously supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). MPP Peter Tabuns and Daphne Simon, an OTF volunteer, congratulated Evergreen on the work its done since receiving its $281,900 Grow grant in 2017 to give children more opportunities to participate in the Active in the Valley outdoor program.
Through OTF funding, Evergreen has been able to activate outdoor programming in the Ravines including guided family hikes, facilitated cycling outings, school programs, celebrations and more. By providing free physical activity opportunities in the Don River Valley Park, children, families and community groups are equipped with skills to engage in outdoor activities.
“Located in the heart of the Don Valley, Evergreen Brick Works is a gateway to explore Toronto’s ravines, one of the city`s most dramatic landscapes and biggest assets,” said Orit Sarfaty, Chief Placemaking Officer at Evergreen. “Outdoor programs like Ravine Day aim to create a greater connection to the ravine system by inviting visitors to get active in the Valley and discover this invaluable greenspace.”
This year’s Ravine Day celebrations feature activations led by Evergreen and partners which include a series of guided walks, collaborative art projects, bee hotel building, stewardship activities as well as performances. Additionally, shopping, local food and drink will be available on-site at Evergreen Brick Works. Ravine Day is also the opening day of the Sunday Artisan Market, an outdoor offering of local food and products.
Evergreen is joined by MP Julie Dabrusin, MPP Peter Tabuns and OTF volunteer Daphne Simon to participate in the celebrations.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded more than $120 million to some 700 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.
About Evergreen: Since 1991, Evergreen, a not-for-profit, has provoked bold action in transforming public landscapes into thriving community spaces. We believe that connecting people, natural and built worlds create flourishing cities for the future. For more than 25 years Evergreen has connected, collaborated, and catalyzed Canadians to do amazing things positively affecting attitudes and behaviours that lie at the core of a sustainable city. For more information visit www.evergreen.ca.
About Evergreen Brick Works: In 2010, Evergreen transformed a collection of deteriorating heritage buildings into a global showcase for green design and an award-winning public space. Open year-round, Evergreen Brick Works welcomes more than 500,000 visitors annually to experience its public markets, participate in conferences and events, enjoy outdoor learning and nature play, and explore public art in the heart of Toronto’s ravine system. www.evergreen.ca.
About the Don River Valley Park: The Don River Valley Park is the centrepiece of Toronto’s rapidly growing downtown: a 200-hectare park spanning Pottery Road to Corktown Common. Building connections to and from neighbourhoods, the Park provides an opportunity for Torontonians and visitors to engage in cultural activities, enhancing the environment of an incomparable but undervalued asset—the Don Valley. www.donrivervalleypark.ca.
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