All political hands are on deck for the revitalization of the former Ontario Place, which closed back in 2012. Premier Kathleen Wynne and Mayor John Tory have just announced plans for Phase One of the game-changing transformation.
Phase One will include a 7.5-acre park, a waterfront trail, a ravine gateway, a garden, an open-air pavilion, a rocky beach and fire pit, a boardwalk, and a summit with views over the park and lake.
Features of the park will showcase First Nations heritage, and the new waterfront trail will connect with the existing trails to complete a 2000-km route along the Trans-Canada Trail.
The hope is that the new design will become a relaxing tourist destination offering one-of-a-kind views of the city and Lake Ontario. The space will be named after former premier William G. Davis, who was premier back in 1971 when Ontario Place originally opened.
Still to come? Nothing’s set in stone, but there are talks of a year-round live music venue, a cultural and innovation hub, a celebration common, and greater connections to the city and surrounding areas. It’s also been decided that no residential development will take place on site.
Phase One is set to be completed by Fall 2016.
What do you think of the new plans?
(Photos provided by The Province of Ontario)