New designs revealed for Ontario Place's urban park.
When public consultations were first held about the design of the urban park planned for a portion of Ontario Place, one of their key findings was that Torontonians felt the space should honour the city’s First Nations heritage.
New renderings, presented yesterday during the final round of public consultations [PDF], reflect new efforts to establish connections with the city’s native heritage. First Nations–inspired carvings adorn the walls of the gateway to the “ravine” at the north end of the park—the carvings will be part of a provincial “moccasin identifier” project, which marks First Nations sites in urban areas with moccasin symbols.
Other new elements include a floating dock for canoeists and kayakers near the park’s entrance, and a firepit at the central beach.
Documents suggest the park’s central esplanade and programming space will be used for various different purposes and activities, including festivals, food trucks, a farmers’ market, and art fairs. The park’s south end could host events such as kite festivals and outdoor film screenings.
As with the previous rounds of public consultation, an online survey has been posted—it will be available until March 31. The final design is scheduled to be revealed by this summer.
Images courtesy Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport.