Toronto’s waterfront is going to undergo some serious changes, as the province has announced its plans for a huge multi-use park.
Daiene Vernile, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, was at Ontario Place today to reveal the City’s plans for developing more green space on the iconic property, which includes the design for Celebration Common, a new multi-purpose waterfront park that will be roughly the size of 14 football fields.
“We have made tremendous progress on our vision to revitalize Ontario Place and bring new life to this iconic destination. The design of the new park boosts public access by providing an ideal location for festivals, cultural events and recreational activities,” said Vernile.
“Celebration Common illustrates the wonderful progress we are making to transform Ontario Place into a vibrant year-round destination along Toronto’s spectacular waterfront.”
The park, which is being designed by award-winning firm DTAH, will play host to various open-air cultural activities, festivals, community events and activities as well as an outdoor play area for kids and a beach where locals and visitors can play outdoor sports or simply enjoy the waterfront.
Through a system of pedestrian and bike trails, Celebration Common will connect to other parts of Ontario Place, including the new Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail and the recently reopened Cinesphere.
According to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the conceptual design is the first step in the multi-step design process.
The next step would be preparing a schematic design of the park, which will be completed by fall 2018.
According to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the conceptual design for Celebration Common features:
Before construction can begin on Celebration Common, an Environmental Assessment (EA) must be completed.