Monday, August 6, 2012

Brick Works/Our World

 Backside of the Evergreen Brickworks, Toronto

Saturday was a hot, hazy day, but - in spite of the heat - many Torontarians were at the Evergreen Brick Works, a.k.a. the Don Valley Brick Works, a former quarry that has been converted into a cultural centre and city park.

 As seen from the ponds

The park includes naturalized ponds and the buildings  have been restored by Evergreen, a Canadian environmental group that's dedicated  to restoring nature in urban environments.

 One of many old photos showing some of the Brickworks' history

Originally, the land was owned by brothers who operated a paper mill.  While constructing a fence, one brother discovered good quality clay perfect for making high quality brick. By 1907 between 85,000 to 100,000 bricks were made here every day. But by the mid 80s much of the usable clay had been quarried.

 Workers wearing t-shirts that say: Imagine your city with nature


 Trail, bridge and pond

In 1994 the quarry was filled in and landscaped to create three ponds, water being diverted from the nearby Mud Creek. The rest of the area was planted in native species. Fish, birds and other wildlife have moved in.

 Outdoor eatery and bricked pathway

The brick works is now a destination enjoyed by families and individuals, the offerings including an organic food market, heritage tours and garden workshops.

 Resting in the heat


Cyclists

More photos from Our World can be seen by clicking HERE.

30 comments:

eileeninmd said...

What a great place, glad it is returned to nature. It might help to help people enjoy the outdoors. I like the trail and pond. Great post and photos. Have a great week!

Kathy said...

What a great site it's become and now so many people can utilize it in so many different ways.

Stewart M said...

I really like these projects that take old industrial sites and remake them.

I feel obligated to point out that the moth was on the outside wall of the building!! (but I do take my camera almost everywhere!)

Stewart M

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This would be a great place to explore! JDanie would love all the memories he would find on the ground.

Birdman said...

... perfect fun for a lazy, hazy Sunday afternoon. Anytown, the world.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

What a great way to save the place. Now so many can enjoy it.

Buttons said...

Well this is one place I have not been too but now I am going to make sure I do go and take a look. Great photos. B

Halcyon said...

I love this place! Always something to see and do there. :)

see you there! said...

What a wonderful restoration of the old brick yard.

Darla

Lowell said...

This is soooo cool! What a great place and great idea! And I just love those "t-shorts"! Heh, heh!

Lowell said...

This is soooo cool! What a great place and great idea! And I just love those "t-shorts"! Heh, heh!

aka Penelope said...

This is such a positive story of transformation … and a great example for all other places that once functioned industrially. So much of the world CAN be a garden when people put their hearts and minds into making it that way.

Carver said...

It's always good to see old building re-used for new uses. Interesting post and shots.

TexWisGirl said...

love the greenery framing the brick building.

Sandra said...

fantastic idea on the quarry conversion.

cieldequimper said...

I wish more old industrial facilities would get this kind of new lease of life! Just wonderful!

Stephanie said...

Good to hear that the area was redeveloped into a wonderful interesting place to visit. Love all the brickwork.

LONDONLULU said...

I love that they converted it into something the public could enjoy! Around here, it'd be a 50/50 chance someone converts it into insane luxury lofts (in NY, it'd be 99.99% certain). A beautiful site.

Randy said...

Great looking place. I really like the old photo.

Cheri said...

That's a lovely place; always nice to see nature restored. If I ever make it to Toronto, I'll put this on my must-see list.

Renae said...

Interesting snaps and facts here.

Thank you for your comment on my bracelets. More to come.

:D

Rose said...

This looks like an interesting place to see.

Madge Bloom said...

Materials that built a city...

Elisa said...

Wonderful shots!

Michelle said...

What a great use of the old building. A beautiful area.

Jack said...

It is a most interesting story.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

I like the view from the ponds.

Susan said...

What an awesome place to go! How fun!

Paul in Powell River said...

What a great way to restore an eyesore to a useful thing!

Jim said...

Nice seeing this, Ms. T.Guide. It reminded me of the brick factory we had in our town. I loved those tall thin round smoke stacks.

Later, like yours, the stacks were torn down and the place was converted to a mobile home manufacturing plant.

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