Ontario Place is being transformed into a vibrant waterfront destination by creating a huge new multi-use park for people and families to enjoy.Ontario Place is being transformed into a vibrant waterfront destination by creating a huge new multi-use park for people and families to enjoy.
Daiene Vernile, Ontario’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, was at Ontario Place on Tuesday to announce plans for more green space on the iconic property and to unveil the design for Celebration Common, a new multi-purpose waterfront park that will be roughly the size of 14 football fields.
The park – which is being designed by award-winning firm DTAH – will host large-scale festivals and events, feature an outdoor play area for kids and a beach where locals and visitors can play outdoor sports or simply enjoy the waterfront.
DTAH’s other waterfront projects have included the revitalization of Queens Quay and the Central Toronto Waterfront.The development of Celebration Common is another step in the provincial government’s plan to transform Ontario Place into a year-round destination for everyone to enjoy.
To make Ontario Place more bike-friendly, the province has provided funding for 240 new bike parking spaces, which were installed this spring.
As revitalization moves forward, Ontario Place continues to welcome people to the site with new public programming throughout late spring and summer, including:
– IMAX movies at the Cinesphere, which will include a selection of documentaries such as The Trolley, Under the Sea and Aircraft Carrier: Guardian of the Seas;
– Trillium Park’s free Thursday evening performing arts series and free Sunday afternoon family-friendly interactive performances;
– A variety of outdoor activities including beach volleyball and free skating on an outdoor synthetic rink on the waterfront
The Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail opened in June 2017 and now welcomes people back to a spectacular piece of Toronto’s waterfront for the first time in over forty years.
Furthermore, this summer, Ontario Place will welcome back the YMCA Toronto’s Day Camp, an outdoor children’s camp experience that includes games, crafts, cycling, and water sport activities. Ontario Place will also be working with other non-profit organizations and local community groups on a program to give free tickets to Kids Up Front so children and youth can see movies at the iconic Cinesphere theatre.
To make Ontario Place more accessible, the Toronto Transit Commission’s 121 Fort York bus will include two stops at Ontario Place, beginning June 24, 2018.