Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ontario Place - What's up with that?

#Toronto's little jewel on the lake sits lonely and blue waiting for the province to decide what to do with the property. The Government of Ontario announced in February of 2012 that the revitalization of the 155 acre site would require the closure most of the attractions like the waterpark, restaurants and the giant golf ball known as the Cinesphere. One of the first rumours was that a potential Toronto casino might fit right into the proposed attractions (it has also been suggested that the casino could go in nearby Exhibition Place).
Some of the site continues to operate, including the marina, the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Echo Beach, the Atlantis Pavilion banquet and convention centre and for those with cars, the paid parking lots will remain available during on and off site events.
"Ontario Place would like to thank our guests who have visited over the past 40 years. Thank you for your loyalty and we look forward to 2017 when we celebrate the new Ontario Place." The park was opened to visitors in 1971.
Near the end of 2012 Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport provided an advisory panel report on the planned transformation of Ontario Place into a landmark and desirable destination for families and tourists. The goal is to create a year round waterfront community with a mix of housing, recreation and work. In addition to the work to improve the actual lands and waters of the future mixed use property, the additional goal is to increase the transportation and transit opportunities to bring people to the site. It was often criticized for being hard to reach if you didn't have a car.

Atlantis sits above the water's surface in the inner harbour

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