Backgrounder

Designing the Urban Park and Waterfront Trail at Ontario Place

March 19, 2014

The urban park and waterfront trail marks the first step of revitalization for Ontario Place and is a key part of the new vision that will transform approximately 7.5 acres of the east island into a vibrant green space and waterfront destination.

Once complete, the revitalized area will offer unrestricted access to a beautiful part of the waterfront previously closed to the public — offering residents and visitors spectacular panoramic views of the city and lake for the first time in more than 40 years. The new urban park and waterfront trail will also link to the existing 780 kilometre waterfront trail system, stretching from Niagara-on-the-Lake to east of Cornwall.

Public Consultation

The province is undertaking consultations on the design of the urban park and waterfront trail project at Ontario Place. Ontarians can provide input in person at public meetings and online at key stages in the design process. The first two public meetings were held on December 4, 2013 and January 22, 2014.

4 Phases of revitalization — 1: Kick-Off - December 2013; 2: Conceptual Design - Jan. 2014; 3: Developed Design - Spring 2014; 4: Final Design - Spring/summer 2014.

On Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (South Building, Room 701), the third public meeting will be held to present the detailed design. Presentations will begin at 6:30 p.m. and public feedback will be used as the design is finalized. The public can also provide comments through an online consultation following the meeting.

Those who can’t attend in person can also participate online by:

  • Watching the meeting live and reading the materials at ontario.ca/myontarioplace.
  • Joining the conversation during the meeting on Twitter using the hashtag #ontarioplace.
  • Completing consultation questions that will be posted online until March 31, 2014.     

Visit www.ontario.ca/myontarioplace to learn more about how to participate and contribute.

Design Team

LANDinc and West 8, working in partnership, were selected as the successful team to design the new urban park and waterfront trail at Ontario Place. 

LANDinc is a progressive, integrated firm with extensive experience that includes local and
international work involving parks and recreation, open space, trails, streetscapes, urban design, ecological restoration and world-class waterfronts. LANDinc has offices in Toronto, Halifax, and Abu Dhabi. The firm has had long-standing involvement in the design and implementation of Tommy Thompson Park on Toronto’s waterfront, as well as projects across Canada, including the Parliament West Sector Area Master Plan for Parliament Hill in Ottawa and the Never Forgotten National War Memorial in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  

West 8 is an award-winning international design firm providing urban design and landscape architecture since 1987. West 8 has extensive experience in large-scale urban master planning and design, landscape developments, waterfront projects, parks, squares and gardens. West 8 is based in the Netherlands, with offices in Belgium and New York. West 8 has designed renowned parks and public spaces in major cities around the world, including Governors Island Park in New York and Jubilee Park in London, United Kingdom. In Toronto, West 8 has designed the award-winning WaveDecks, and the central waterfront plan now under construction along the waterfront.   

Working Collaboratively

The province is working closely with its project partners, Infrastructure Ontario and Waterfront Toronto, to achieve excellence in the design of the new urban park and waterfront trail at Ontario Place. 

Infrastructure Ontario is responsible for delivering and managing the park and trail project, which includes oversight for design and construction procurements, implementing the environmental assessment, and project management during the construction phase. Infrastructure Ontario has a solid track record of delivering some of the province’s largest and most complex infrastructure renewal projects.

This spring, Infrastructure Ontario will post a report on its website about the environmental assessment. The report will summarize the results of consultation, identify potential environmental effects, issues and concerns raised by the public, and explain how these will be addressed. People can comment on the report within 30 days of the posting date.

Waterfront Toronto has been engaged to leverage their expertise in delivering beautiful parks and public spaces along Toronto’s waterfront. Waterfront Toronto is managing the design process and public consultations. Since 2004, Waterfront Toronto has opened or improved 23 parks, covering 59 hectares on Toronto’s waterfront.

CONTACTS
Jasmine Gill, Minister’s Office, 416-325-1759
Christy Arnold, Communications Branch, 416-326-1724
Mandy Downes, Infrastructure Ontario, 416-327-5246