Published on November 7, 2023
The Ontario Trillium Foundation is funding multiple repairs and renovations, including a meeting and programming space for the Brick Works’ 500,000 yearly visitors.
TORONTO, ON (November 3, 2023) – Visitors will soon have new and improved ways to enjoy the outdoors at Evergreen Brick Works. Thanks to a $149,900 Capital grant awarded late last year by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Evergreen has completed upgrades to its recreation infrastructure and has turned an old bike storage space into a recreation hub for active living programs, including free bicycle programming and guided walks. Further accessibility upgrades are complete as well as improvements to skating rink facilities. The remaining portion of the grant will be used to install new signage and accessible doors, as well as repairing paving near the site’s entrance and transit stop.
“I am thrilled that a $149,900 Capital grant from Ontario Trillium Foundation provided Evergreen Brickworks with support for accessibility improvements as well as additional programming,” said Jessica Bell, MPP for University-Rosedale. “Evergreen Brick Works is an invaluable asset to our community, serving as a dynamic hub that fosters environmental education, sustainability, and community engagement for all.”
Accessibility improvements underway will repair or install 13 power doors to benefit Evergreen Brick Works’ 500,000+ annual visitors, install new signage to improve wayfinding, and repair degraded paving. A new recreation hub will serve as an access and information point for all recreational programs, as well as a secure, well-lit and well-equipped bike storage. The project also includes safety infrastructure for skating, an accessible skate desk, washroom improvements, and fire safety repairs.
“Evergreen Brick Works is a very special, free, public place where people can connect to nature and each other in the city,” says Jen Angel, CEO of Evergreen. “Funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation will enable us to enhance our outdoor recreation offerings so many more people can participate.”
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations, celebrates 40 years of grant-making in Ontario and making a lasting impact in communities. Last year, OTF invested over $110M into 1,022 community projects and partnerships. Visit otf.ca to learn more.
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Evergreen is a national non-profit transforming public spaces in our cities to build a healthier future for people and our planet. Evergreen Brick Works, located in the heart of Toronto’s Don Valley, is an example and showcase of how this work comes to life. Once an industrial brick factory, it has been transformed into a showcase of green design, and a community hub where visitors can connect to nature and each other.