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What a Revitalized Ontario Place Might Look Like

New vision for a year-round destination includes music venue and waterfront promenade—and doesn't include condos.

The province is moving ahead with its revitalization of Ontario Place, with construction of a new urban park and waterfront trail set to begin sometime this fall.

At a press conference Thursday morning, the minister for culture, sport, and tourism, Michael Coteau, announced more details of the government’s vision for the lakefront attraction, which was shuttered in 2012 due to declining attendance. Queen’s Park has so far committed $100 million to the pre-development stage of the project, which includes environmental assessments.

The park and waterfront trail are to be completed in 2016—not in time for next year’s Pan Am Games, as was originally hoped—replacing a 7.5-acre parking lot on the east side of Ontario Place. Other potential attractions include an improved live-music venue, space for cultural events and festivals, and a “canal district” lined with shops and restaurants. The government will seek out corporate partners and private investors to fund these projects.

The Liberal government also announced that the famous Cinesphere and pods will be preserved, and reaffirmed a previous promise to debar condo development at the site.

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