After languishing for almost two years, Ontario Place is set to become a hub of city activity once again.
This morning, Ontario’s tourism minister, Michael Coteau, announced a $100-million plan to revitalize the Toronto landmark. The first phase of the project, which is expected to be completed in 2016, will see Ontario Place receive a new waterfront promenade, an outdoor space called the “Celebration Common” and additional music facilities. Along with the announcement, the provincial government released renderings of the proposed additions, a couple of which you can see below.
Those worried about the venue’s iconic Cinesphere need not worry; both so called pods will be spared the wrecking ball. That said, the government did not mention when they will be re-opened to the public.
In 2012, the Ontario Liberals, looking for ways to tackle the province’s growing $15-billion debt, closed the park as the number of visitors declined. However, during the recent election, Premier Kathleen Wynne promised to revitalize the space.
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