Skip to content

Renovation wrap up in the beloved Children’s Garden at Evergreen Brick Works

This summer, visitors to Evergreen’s Children’s Garden at Evergreen Brick Works have more ways to discover the natural world with the completion of a year-long revitalization

TORONTO, ONTARIO (July 30, 2019) – This summer, visitors to Evergreen’s Children’s Garden at Evergreen Brick Works have more ways to discover the natural world with the completion of a year-long revitalization. This unique space for place-based education and play now features a water play station and new landscapes to traverse.

The revitalization was generously supported by a $150,000 Capital grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) awarded earlier this year. The grant allowed for the growth of one of the most-used spaces at Evergreen Brick Works.

“I am delighted to witness the evolution of the Children’s Garden at Evergreen Brick Works. This space provides unique opportunities for children to learn through creative play in nature and comprises an invaluable part of University-Rosedale and the city of Toronto.” - Jessica Bell, MPP, University-Rosedale

This revitalization includes new nature play elements like the Mountain, the Wolf Den and the Beaver Lodge. The new Waterworks Studio, designed by Evergreen artist-in-residence Ferruccio Sardella, entices children to explore the exciting properties of water as it interacts with other natural materials. These latest changes to the Children’s Garden landscape are designed to challenge and inspire, introducing new possibilities for outdoor learning and play at a site that evolves with the seasons and user interaction.

“For almost 10 years, the Children’s Garden has been a testing ground for new innovations in outdoor play and learning,” said Orit Sarfaty, Chief Program Officer at Evergreen. “After years of public consultation with both children and adults, we are able to enhance and evolve the play experience in the Children’s Garden. Thanks to generous funding from OTF, we have added new elements to the space that allows for more curiosity and exploration.”

Since its opening in 2010, the Children’s Garden has been beloved by children, students, parents and educators alike, with nearly 35,000 visitors a year. The Garden is home to our education programs, camps and is open on weekends for Weekend Nature Play. Scaled for schools and communities across the country, the Children’s Garden has become a prototype that has informed our work with the School Ground Greening Program and the Neighbour Nature Play program. Children are architects of the space and this type of play empowers them to be more confident. By giving kids a connection to nature, we are creating a generation of city builders.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $108 million to 629 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.

For media information, please contact:

Renee Tratch | Sr. Manager, PR  Evergreen | |416-596-1495 x 273 



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

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.

← See more News Releases