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Don Valley

Don Valley Brick Works Park

Don Valley Brick Works Park is one of the City of Toronto’s most valued natural environment parks.  Managed by the City of Toronto, this internationally significant public park is located directly north of the Evergreen Brick Works building complex in the heart of the Lower Don River watershed.  The remarkable transformation of this former quarry site into a nature sanctuary highlights the City of Toronto’s dedication to healthy and diverse ecosystems.

You can find out more about this park on the City’s website.

Don Valley River Park

The City of Toronto is working with partners like Evergreen Brick Works and the Toronto York Region Conservation Authority to help realize and augment the first phase as part of the Lower Don Master Plan. A number of opportunities have been identified as early strategic investments for realizing the new Don River Valley Park – see http://donrivervalleypark.ca for more information.

Lower Don Trail Improvements

Construction on these projects continues – visit this page for details.

Bayview Avenue Resurfacing – Bike & Pedestrian Trail

As part of the Bayview Avenue resurfacing, a new protected multi-use trail for pedestrians and cyclists was installed. The 1.3 km bi-directional trail was constructed on the east shoulder of Bayview Avenue from Pottery Rd to Rosedale Valley Rd. It will provide a valuable connection between three existing trail networks; the Lower Don Trail, the Beltline Trail, and the Rosedale Valley Trail.

This new protected trail will make the roadway safer for all users.

 Evergreen Brick Works

In 2010, Evergreen Brick Works was named one of the top 10 geotourism destinations in the world by National Geographic.

As they describe themselves, “Evergreen Brick Works is a community environmental centre that inspires and equips visitors to live, work and play more sustainably.”

Best part there is a shuttle bus (click for details and schedule) from just outside Broadview Station.

Metrolinx Richmond Hill Corridor Track Maintenance

Metrolinx advised on July 21, 2016 that they will be doing track maintenance on the Richmond Hill Corridor in the Don Valley, for more information, please see this post.

Ravine Strategy Pop-Up Consultation Event

The City of Toronto is developing a Ravine Strategy to guide the future use, management, enhancement and protection of Toronto’s ravines.

There will be a Ravine Strategy pop-up consultation event  Saturday, July 23rd 8:30am to 12:30pm at the Brick Works during Evergreen’s Weekend Farmers Market (550 Bayview Ave). It will be set up in Tiffany Commons located directly east of the farmers market.

For more information, visit this page.

Evergreen Brick Works Shuttle Stop Change for Nov 14-15, 2015

Due to construction at Broadview Station, the Evergreen shuttle bus will be temporarily located on Arundel Avenue adjacent to Chester subway station parking lot from November 14 to November 15. Visit the Evergreen website for more info.

Lower Don Valley Access Improvements

The Lower Don Trail is a 4.7 kilometre section of multi-use trail for pedestrians and cyclists that runs along the Don River, from Pottery Road to Corktown Commons.

There is an ongoing project to improve the conditions of the existing trail and access into the surrounding trail network.

You can view the latest update from City staff on this project by clicking here.

Trail Improvements & Ecological Enhancements in Cottonwood Flats

The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority are currently on site and making quick progress with trail Cottonwood Flatsimprovements and ecological enhancements in Cottonwood Flats. Depending on weather conditions, they should be completing trail construction and the installation of the songbird meadow in 2-3 weeks. They will be on site periodically throughout the winter to work on some additional features but expect the majority of the work to be wrapped up before the New Year.

You can learn more about Cottonwood Flats online here.

Community Tree Planting and Trail Events

Natural Environment and Community Programs, Urban Forestry, is planning two community events this spring in Crothers Woods in Ward 29.
Saturday, May 25 2013

Sun Valley Trail Tree Planting 10:00am – 12:00pm

Join us as we celebrate the completion of the new Sun Valley trail in Crothers Woods by planting over 200 native trees and shrubs. Meet by the new bridge crossing the Don River at the end of Beechwood Drive (Beechwood and O’Connor) and come see the plans for revitalizing bird habitat and trails in Cottonwood Flats across from Sun Valley.  Contact trails@toronto.ca for more information.

http://www.toronto.ca/parks/trails/sunvalley

Saturday, June 8 2013

Crothers Woods Trail Build 10:00am – 12:00pm

Join the Natural Environment Trails Program www.toronto.ca/trails as we continue to build and maintain trails in Crothers Woods. We will bring all the equipment required and show you how to build sustainable trails. Meet at the Pottery Rd trailhead (Pottery Rd and Bayview Avenue). Contact trails@toronto.ca for more information.

Innovation Talks | Public Art in the Lower Don

Tuesdays, February 12 – April 26, 2013, 7–9:30pm
BMO Atrium, Evergreen Brick Works at 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto

Join Evergreen for a new series of Innovation Talks on Public Art in the Lower Don Valley. The City of Toronto and TRCA are undertaking a master plan for the Lower Don Trail, which will build on 20-plus years of ground-breaking environmental restoration work by Don River activists and supportive government agencies. The plan will make recommendations about new and improved access points, enhanced pedestrian and cycling trails, wildlife habitat protection and engaging public art.

For more details and a schedule of the talks, please see this flyer.

Lower Don Greenway Project

Evergreen, the City of Toronto and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority are working with a diverse range of partners to develop a plant to transform the Lower Don area.

Their plan is to create:

as an innovative green space for Torontonians. This project will energize new stewards and showcase Toronto’s distinctive ravine system through arresting gateways, new access points and bridges, and improved pedestrian and cycling trails.

For more details, please visit Evergreen’s website.

 Evergreen Brick Works

In 2010, Evergreen Brick Works was named one of the top 10 geotourism destinations in the world by National Geographic.

As they describe themselves, “Evergreen Brick Works is a community environmental centre that inspires and equips visitors to live, work and play more sustainably.”

Best part there is a shuttle bus (click for details and schedule) from just outside Broadview Station.

Todmorden Mills

Set in the scenic Don Valley, Todmorden Mills Heritage Site is a complex of historic buildings which were once part of the small industrial community of Todmorden.

Today the site consists of two historic millers’ homes dating from the early 19th century, the Brewery building and the recently renovated Papermill Theatre and Gallery. Adjoining the site is a 9.2 hectare wildflower preserve with walking trails exploring a number of natural habitats, including upland and bottomland forests, dry and wet meadows, swamp lands and a pond. Learn more!

 

Todmorden Mills Heritage Site is one of 10 historic museums operated by Toronto Culture. Toronto’s Historic Museums engage visitors, inspire passion, challenge ideas and connect the past to the present.

 

Check their website for exciting details.

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