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The Province Announces Designers for Ontario Place’s New Park

Two design firms will collaborate on a new 7.5-acre public park at Ontario Place.

In June, the province announced that Ontario Place—which has been closed since February 2012—would be getting a 7.5-acre “moderate park,” whatever that was supposed to mean. Specifics are still few and far between, but we know, at least, the names of the firms that will be designing that park. In a press release this morning, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport announced that LANDinc and West 8, two design firms with international resumés, will be in charge of figuring out how the new green space should look. A first public consultation on the project is scheduled for December 4, at 6 p.m. It will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Still unknown, in all of this, is what will become of the rest of Ontario Place. The park will cover only a small fraction of the site. Back in 2012, John Tory’s advisory panel recommended mixed-use development with lots of public space, but Queen’s Park doesn’t necessarily need to adhere to that suggestion.

The ministry says it hopes to have the park completed by 2015, in time for Toronto’s Pan Am Games.

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  • lovetoronto

    We should all scrutinize these two Design firm’s background. MORE importantly, this piece of land is the “least desirable” on the property. Merely metres from Billy Bishop Airport and IF the the TPA allows the Island Airport to expand the Runway into the Lake, allows JET aircraft, allows for double the air and vehicular Traffic. Toronto citizens were “Thrown a Bone”

    • Melissa Goldstein

      Scrutinize away. You’ve been enjoying their work for years now: http://www.west8.nl/projects/toronto_central_waterfront/

      • lovetoronto

        A similar article at UrbanToronto ‘tagged’ Eb Zeidler. I hope they involve Mr Zeidler in this and future work at OP. The rest of my comment is as important. The cronyism which is the Toronto Port Authority (BBAirport) is insidious. Their entitled, above reproach behaviour mirrors what has happened in our Senate and with some of our politicians. ALL of Ontario Place was created for Ontarians. It must not be used for Private development.

  • lovetoronto

    Malcolm, I am merely being frank, you sadly have a big dose of naivety. This is NOT a new Park. The closure of Ontario Place was/IS a disgrace.