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Get Into the Centre of Local Eco-Action at Richmond Hill?s Only Annual Community Environmental Festival

May 22, 2014


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(May 22, 2014)

Get Into the Centre of Local Eco-Action at Richmond Hill's Only Annual Community Environmental Festival

The Richmond Hill Mill Pond Splash Eco-Festival is expanding this year - bringing more eco-activities and opportunities for local green action. Drawing thousands of residents annually, the 16th annual Mill Pond Splash Eco Festival will raise awareness about and celebrate the Don River, which flows from the Oak Ridges Moraine to Lake Ontario.

Hosted by Toronto and Region Conservation, the Town of Richmond Hill, and the Don Watershed Regeneration Council, Mill Pond Splash is a free and fun family event where attendees will learn about the natural heritage of the Don River, take part in hands-on eco-activities, and find out how to get involved in local environmental stewardship projects. There will be more than 35 environmental organizations and community groups providing opportunities for community members to get involved in local initiatives.

"Mill Pond Splash 2014 will be bigger and better than ever - offering a diverse and fun educational event for people of all ages" said Councillor David West of Richmond Hill.

 Fun activities include: a horse-drawn carriage, electrofishing demonstration, tree planting, live animal displays, invasive species removal, wildflower planting, nature walks, water walks, seed ball-making, toad abode decorating, nature sketching, face painting and much more. This year, professional artists are painting rain barrels for silent auction. Guided nature and water walks will be offered all day. Eco-prizes will be given out to visitors that complete the amazing eco-passport.

 Mill Pond Splash is sponsored by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and Walmart-Evergreen Green Grants. Additional in-kind support is provided by York Region, the Town of Richmond Hill, Cosmo Music, Native Plants in Claremont and The Living City Foundation.

 WHEN: Sunday, June 1, 2014; 12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Mill Pond Splash 2014 Event Schedule

Stage Shows


12:00 noon

Opening Ceremony

12:30 - 1:30

Reptiles at Risk

1:30 - 2:30

Live Music with Envirodrum

2:30 - 3:30

Speaking of Wildlife

3:30 - 4:30

Live Band



Other activities




12:00 - 3:00 pm

Painted Rain Barrel Silent Auction

All day

Nature Walks and Water Walks

All day

Tree Scavenger Hunt

All day

Toad Abode Decorating

All day

Tree Planting

All day

Face Painting

All day

Nature Sketching

All day

Stream Sampling

All day

Make Seed Balls

All day

Remove Invasive Species and Plant Wildflowers

All day

Play Fish Jeopardy

 For a full list of activities please visit

 WHERE: Mill Pond Park, Richmond Hill

  • At the intersection of Mill Street and Trench Street
  • West of Yonge Street, north of Major MacKenzie Drive West
  • Free Parking at the Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital, east lot

 WHO:  Costas Mengakis, MP; Reza Moridi MPP, Deputy Mayor Vito Spatafora, Councillor David West and staff from Toronto and Region Conservation will be in attendance.

 With 60 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment. TRCA's vision is for the Living City - a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, for you today and for your children tomorrow. For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at




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