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Moving Forward with Ontario Place Revitalization

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Moving Forward with Ontario Place Revitalization

Ontario Government Increasing Green Space with Urban Park and Waterfront Trail

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Ontario is taking the first step to revitalize Ontario Place with plans to build a new urban park and waterfront trail.

The province unveiled plans to convert up to 7.5 acres into green space on the Ontario Place site that will give residents and visitors access to part of the waterfront that has been closed to the public for more than 40 years. The new urban park and trail will link to the existing 780 kilometre waterfront trail system.

Ontario is inviting the public to submit their input on plans for the park, which will be located along a portion of the east island of Ontario Place -- an area previously used as a parking lot.

Revitalizing Ontario Place into an iconic, world-class destination that offers increased access to green space supports the government's efforts to build strong communities and a more prosperous economy.

Quick Facts

  • The province is aiming to open the urban park and waterfront trail in time for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.
  • Building the park and trail is the first step of revitalization and delivers on an important part of the new vision for Ontario Place — to create a public park and easy public access to the waterfront.
  • In July, Infrastructure Ontario will launch a competitive procurement process to select a landscape architect to design the urban park and waterfront trail.

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Michael Chan

“Through public consultations, town halls and engagement, we heard a growing demand for green space and free public access to one of our province’s most scenic shores — and we listened. The new urban park will give the public direct access to the waterfront that has been gated for more than 40 years. Today, we launch the first step of revitalization and begin the transformation that will make Ontario Place a key attraction for people across the province to explore and experience.”

Michael Chan

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Media Contacts

  • Denelle Balfour

    Communications Branch

    denelle.balfour@ontario.ca

    647-637-3610

  • Jasmine Gill

    Minister's Office

    jasmine.gill@ontario.ca

    647-501-1255

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