Ontario has announced that a design team has been selected that will transform approximately 7.5 acres of the east island of Ontario Place into a vibrant urban park and waterfront trail, which the province is aiming to open in time for the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.
Chosen for their extensive local and international experience in planning and designing large waterfront projects, such as Toronto’s Tommy Thompson Park and New York’s Governors Island Park, LANDinc in partnership with West 8 will design the new green space. The province is inviting Ontarians to contribute their ideas and vision for the park and trail online or at one of four public meetings, the first of which will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
“With a high-calibre and distinguished design team selected, we are moving forward to reimagine and revitalize the Ontario Place site. Our government is committed to continuing our conversation with Ontarians that will shape the bold new vision for our urban park and waterfront trail. I encourage people across the province to offer their ideas so that together, with our partners and design team, we can best meet the public’s needs and support long-term revitalization of the waterfront,” said Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
Once complete, the new urban park and waterfront trail will link to the existing 780 kilometre waterfront trail system — stretching from Niagara-on-the-Lake to east of Cornwall. It will also give residents and visitors access to part of the waterfront that has been closed to the public for more than 40 years.
“This is an exciting step in the creation of new green space on Toronto’s waterfront. I look forward to seeing the design of this important public feature take shape over the coming months,” said Glen Murray, Minister of Infrastructure.