Brick by brick, Evergreen Brick Works is emerging as one of Toronto's most innovative green spaces. At one time, the area consisted of parkland and a beach in the heart of the Don Valley. From 1889 - 1984, it was the site of the Don Valley Brick Works, a brickyard that manufactured the bricks for Toronto's famous landmarks. The Kilns have been preserved and site tours are available.
According to the official website, last year, "Evergreen Brick Works opened as a year-round living demonstration of how past and present can work together to create greener models for urban living." An investment of $6 million was made to reclaim parkland and renovate 16 heritage buildings. Exteriors have been preserved and interiors have been transformed into event and meeting venues.
Event planners will find easy access to Toronto AV and catering suppliers. For business meetings, special and corporate events, event venues include:
- BMO Atrium (capacity is 150 for group dining and up to 225 people theatre style)
- Young Welcome Centre (80 people can dine comfortably)
- Holcim Gallery (500 for dining and 1200 - 1500 for receptions
- the Pavilions, a covered outdoor space for standing receptions of up to 2,000 people
The are 4 meeting rooms. The smallest has a capacity of 15 people boardroom style. Blakes Room can hold up to 70 theatre style.
The Koerner Gardens, an open air facility, is perfect for receptions, garden parties and outdoor team events during the summer. In the winter, the area is an ice skating rink. At the urban base camp, groups can participate in outdoor adventures without leaving the city.
National Geographic has recognized Evergreen Brick Works as one of the 10 geotourism destinations in the world. It is a welcome addition to Toronto's extensive parkland network.
Learn more about Toronto in the Cvent Destination Guide.
Photo Credit: Matthew Burpee