$4.3M in grant funding for the High Park Visitor and Nature Centre
by CM Staff
To date, the shovel-ready project has received $6M in support
TORONTO — $4.3M in grant funding through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program has been awarded to the High Park Nature Centre and City of Toronto to support vital renovations to facilities for the High Park Visitor and Nature Centre in partnership with the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario.
Over 100 years ago, the historical High Park Forest School was established to connect children to nature during a health crisis due to tuberculosis. A small school was erected in the 1930s to provide nourishment, healthy activities, and education to students who needed fresh air and the benefits of nature. Since 2015, the High Park Nature Centre, a charitable organization offering year-round nature programs within the park has been the sole occupant of the forest school building. We are thrilled to partner with the City of Toronto to launch the creation of a new Visitor Centre and the refurbishment of the Nature Centre space.
Combined, the 9,000-square foot space will serve as a hub for local communities, as a gateway for the millions of annual visitors to High Park, and as the home-base for our nature-based educational programming, bringing the forest school back to its historical roots as a site for the appreciation and understanding of nature in the heart of Toronto.
To date, the shovel-ready project has received $6M in support, starting with a lead donation from TD Bank Group through The Ready Commitment program. Other contributions also come from government partners, the Government of Canada ($2.3M), the Province of Ontario ($2M), the City of Toronto ($820,000).