Evergreen Brick Works
by Alex Legum
We at Evergreen believe getting outdoors can be fun, no matter what the weather’s like. By creating a year-round calendar of events Evergreen Brick Works has a new plan for getting you and your family out and active in winter. The new Active Living program is designed for people of all ages and abilities, and includes activities such as Fat Bike rides, yoga, guided hikes and skating. The focus this winter is to help people keep moving in the great outdoors during the winter months by giving them space to get out of the house and enjoy active living in the heart of Toronto’s beautiful Don Valley.
Bike Works at Evergreen Brick Works
Think you need to put your bike away for the winter? Think again! Evergreen is pairing up with Sweet Pete’s Bike Shop and running their first ever winter-ready bike program to help you keep riding all season long. This program includes bi-weekly drop-in DIY hours at Bike Works, Park Tool School (an intermediate level bike repair course), tire studding workshops, winter riding workshops, Fat Bike group Rentals and group rides give a fun and accessible winter riding experience without breaking the bank.
Fat Bikes are stable, so they’re great for playing in the snow without being worried about traction or wrecking your bike. Due to popular demand mountain bike rides and beginner-friendly trail rides will continue to be offered on Fat Bikes during the winter months.
Our yoga program is expanding this season with yoga classes happening every Sunday and Wednesday, with an additional caregiver and child class now available on a monthly basis. Also new to the program is a monthly walking meditation class offered through a partnership with the Lotus Yoga Centre.
Evergreen Brick Works is located in the heart of the Don Valley ravine system, only 10min from Downtown Toronto. As a part of our new active living programming and wayfinding strategy we will be offering a series of guided walks to site on Saturday mornings. The walks originate anywhere in the surrounding area to a maximum of about 5km away – a maximum of two hours walking. Hosted by our amazing guides these walks will get you moving, socializing and exploring the ravine system, and also include a bit of land-based learning. To get home we recommend the free shuttle that will take you to Broadview subway station (operating daily) or the TTC bus that takes you to Davisville Subway Station.
Skating rink at Evergreen Brick Works
Make sure to stay tuned as the weather begins to cool down for the opening of the public skating rink. The rink will be open to the public 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weather permitting and offer Learn to Skate lessons for children and adults. There will also be special DJ Skating Parties happening in the early evenings.
For those who like a little more vigour in their weekly activities, a running club will be launching in the early months of 2016. EBW’s expert active living staff and volunteers know Don Valley trails inside and out, and will be facilitating trail runs on December 26 and 31 to kick off the season.
Women's ride at Evergreen Brick Works
Active Living at the Evergreen Winter Village
In addition and to help facilitate all these fun activities, we will have a winter-themed container market launching the weekend of December 5 and 6 as part of the Evergreen Winter Village. Active Living programming in the market will include: ball hockey, a bike obstacle course, and some homemade games (like giant Jenga!) throughout the winter months.
To learn more about Active Living at Evergreen Brick Works, make sure to check out evergreen.ca, or drop by the Welcome Desk. Active Living programming varies in pricing depending on activity, and can also be purchased at a discount price using the Active Living Club Card.
For any questions about the Active Living or any other programming at Evergreen Brick Works, drop Alex a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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