and the Evergreen brick works……
If you haven’t heard of this former brick manufacturing quarry in downtown Toronto it is a centre for experiencing the relationship between nature, culture and community. It should be on your summer must see list.
Bike or walk from Rosedale subway station through the tree lined trails, take the TTC, or drive there ~ It’s worth it. Located: 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON M4W 3X8(416) 596-1495 website: ebw.evergreen.ca
View from the old quarry looking south toward the centre. The centre is a great example of adaptive reuse of more than 95% of existing buildings.
Wildlife-friendly stormwater management channels, swales and pond allow for turtles, fish, birds and other animals and insects to live comfortably.The above image is the view from the lookout down onto walking trails in the quarry.
Evergreen Brick Works is situated in the heart of Toronto’s ravine network, adjacent to the Lower Don River and within its floodplain. Mud Creek runs through the site and four ponds filter stormwater and provide habitat in the quarry gardens.
Sculptural living wall adds an Eco-friendly artistic touch to the outdoor space.
The site uses collected rainwater to irrigate gardens, service washrooms and provide water for the cooling tower on the roof of the Centre for Green Cities.
They have done an amazing job of incorporating beautiful installation art throughout the outdoor and indoor spaces.
Here you can see one of the indoor educational gathering spaces.
You can walk through the old production area to see the kilns, some old equipment and graffiti. Check out there website to see whats going on this summer ebw.evergreen.ca