The province announced details of its plan to revitalize Ontario Place last Friday. It will include an all-season water and adventure park as well as a revamped indoor-outdoor performance venue
“As we mark the 50th anniversary of Ontario Place this year, there is no better time to bring this iconic destination back to life,” said Premier Ford. “We will deliver a renewed Ontario Place that provides year-round entertainment for all ages and interests.”
Therme Group is building Therme Canada, a family-friendly, all-season destination offering something for all ages, including pools, waterslides, botanical spaces to relax, as well as sports performance and recovery services, the province said in a statement. Outside, people will enjoy more than eight acres of free, publicly accessible gathering spaces, parkland, gardens and beaches.
Live Nation is redeveloping the existing amphitheatre into a modern, year-round indoor-outdoor live music and performance venue that will attract world-class artists and events. Protecting the iconic amphitheatre lawns, the new venue will have an expanded capacity of 20,000 in the summer and close to 9,000 in the winter, offering a unique indoor-outdoor experience with operable exterior walls to accommodate events, rain or shine.
Écorécréo Group is building an affordable, all-season adventure park for all ages. This new, environmentally friendly attraction will include aerial obstacle courses, net-based aerial adventures, ziplines, climbing walls, escape rooms and many other activities. Écorécréo Group will also operate Segway, quad-cycle, canoe and kayak rentals at the site.
Key heritage and recreational features of the site will be retained and integrated into the redevelopment, including the Cinesphere, the pod complex, the marina, Trillium Park and the William G. Davis Trail. The province will also work with the Ontario Science Centre to explore opportunities to have science-related tourism and educational programming at the Cinesphere and pod complex.
Starting in August, the province will launch the next phase of engagement through Ontario.ca/OntarioPlace, providing an opportunity for all Ontarians to share how they would like to experience a redeveloped Ontario Place. Virtual public information sessions will also be held in the fall with planning and development consultations related to the site-wide environmental assessment, heritage, and site servicing to follow later in the year. The redevelopment website,Ontario.ca/OntarioPlace, will be kept up to date with the latest information about planned public and stakeholder engagement.
A redeveloped Ontario Place will not include casinos or condos and the land will not be sold, Premier Ford said. Ontario Place will remain open to the public 365 days a year, with free public access and a waterfront experience that can be enjoyed by all.
The 155-acre waterfront attraction in Toronto, first opened in 1971 but was closed in 2012 after years of declining attendance.