The province of Ontario is proceeding with planning and design work for a huge new green space on Toronto’s waterfront as it moves ahead with the transformation of Ontario Place into a vibrant, public, year-round waterfront destination.
Ontario Place master plan. Image via Province of Ontario.
As part of the broader revitalization of Ontario Place the province is seeking a design consultant for a Celebration Common on the East Island. The almost 20-acre proposed Celebration Common, approximately the size of 14 football fields, would be a flexible green space for open-air cultural activities, festivals, community events and recreation in downtown Toronto.
Trillium Park, Ontario Place. Photo by Stefan Novakovic
As part of an established master plan to transform Ontario Place into a mixed-use public green space, the Celebration Common would connect Ontario Place’s West Island, the new Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail and the recently reopened Cinesphere through a system of pedestrian and bike trails. Transforming the East Island into a year-round, public destination would create a cultural and recreational destination for people in Ontario, welcome visitors from around the world and boost the local economy.
The semi-linear Trillium park was opened to acclaim earlier this year. Photo by Stefan Novakovic.
Planning a vibrant waterfront destination is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.