Ontario Place – A Revitalized Space for Fun in our CommunityNews & Events | Written on January 20, 2017
It’s been a long time coming but there’s every indication that the revitalization work to transform and reinvigorate much of Ontario Place will be complete in just a few months! Sound the trumpets, folks! Toronto is getting ready to open up an exciting, completely redesigned venue! For us in Liberty Village, that means a 5-minute bicycle ride or a 10 to 15-minute walk to access an innovative space that houses concerts, exhibitions and a spacious park! In Liberty Village, we continue to be spoiled by our incredible location and, well, we absolutely love it!
Being able to call Liberty Village home means being able to get to an Argos, Toronto Marlies or Toronto FC game at BMO field in a matter of minutes. It means that all the incredible festivals and events that happen throughout the year at Exhibition Place are happening right at our doorstep! It also means that heading out with friends and family to take in a show at Medieval Times or to spend the day at Fort York or Trinity Bellwoods or at tons of other well-known Toronto locales don’t require commuting halfway across our city! Life in Liberty Village means convenience, and with the reopening of Ontario Place scheduled for summer, 2017, living in one of the best neighbourhoods in Toronto is about to get even better!
Ontario Place closed in 2012 for a large-scale and much-needed renovation. Our city promises that the long wait for the new space will have been well worth it. We know that we aren’t alone in our excitement for the big reveal! Here’s why the reopening is something to talk about.
Ontario Place boasts a great, waterfront location that offers space for any number of activities and events. When revitalization efforts were announced, it was with the goal of developing a space that would stand out, not just in Toronto but in our province. It will be eco-friendly, inviting and all-around transformative, with the Ontario park and waterfront trail being the highlights. The new park will have lots of greenery, including forested areas that surround the open-air pavilion, as well as grassy areas for events, activities or just to hang out. The upper trail and summit will be at higher elevations that will certainly be ideal locations from which to take in scenic views of the water or of the park itself. Or, if romance is in the air, a stroll through the newly designed William G. Davis trail, overlooking the water may be just what’s needed. The rocky beach and new fire pit will provide great spaces for summer and fall evening gatherings with friends while the boardwalk overlooking the lake, with its communal seating will offer an area to relax after walking the grounds, to reflect, or to admire the beautiful surroundings.
For many, the revitalized Ontario place will be recognized mostly as a great place for community gatherings. There will be free access to recreational areas and, to quote the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport: it will be a “hub for culture, discovery and innovation [with] new facilities that have an eye towards the future.” Stores and restaurants will line the waterfront promenade and the renovated pedestrian bridge will offer better and more convenient connections with Exhibition Place and Lakeshore Boulevard. We should note as well that the city has taken inspiration and ideas from Torontonians in reshaping the Ontario Place landscape. For us this means that means that this really will be a space for us and designed by us.
This has undoubtedly been a massive undertaking but, Rome wasn’t built in a day and, well, Ontario Place wasn’t either. The planned reopening for summer, 2017 seems like perfect timing and we’re sure we aren’t the only ones who are giddy with excitement to once again have full access to this space. Summers in our city are a time when we embrace the outdoors, attend fun festivals, do yoga in the park, go for a run outside and take long walks with our dogs. We’ll be looking forward to having a revitalized urban park close to Liberty Village where we can enjoy a part of the coming summer, as well as many seasons to come.
Written by L. D. Moore