Jun 26, 2013
By Scott Walker
The Ontario government has announced the beginning of a new era for Ontario Place.
The province closed down the tourist attraction on Toronto’s waterfront last year because of declining attendance, from three million a season during the Eighties to a few hundred thousand in recent years.
Tourism Minister Michael Chan has announced plans to turn what is now a parking lot into a 7.5-acre park and waterfront trail. Landscape architects will be invited to submit proposals for the new development that Chan hopes will be open in time for the Pan Am Games in 2015.
The province is still considering what to do with the rest of the site. A panel headed by John Tory has recommended the site be turned into a mixed community of residences, offices, a hotel and year-round performance space.