Celebration Common

Multi-Purpose Park on East Island

On July 31, 2014, the province announced its vision to revitalize Ontario Place as a vibrant, year-round, public, waterfront destination that engages residents and visitors of all ages. A key component of this vision is Celebration Common, a new multi-purpose green space on the East Island.

At roughly the size of 14 football fields, Celebration Common will be an ideal space for open-air cultural activities, festivals, community events, as well as active and passive recreational activities. 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.

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.

Celebration Common Design Concept

The conceptual design for Celebration Common features:

  • Green space for casual events and displays of public art
  • Kids’ Exploration Outcrop, an innovative outdoor play area
  • Festival Plaza, with a splash pad and skating rink, for events and seasonal activities
  • North Beach area for recreation and activities such as beach volleyball or paddling
  • Echo Beach, a flexible space for festivals and events
  • Arrival Plaza and Celebration Walk, a flexible space that could feature a variety of visitor amenities, including food trucks
  • Woodland lookout, with unique views of Ontario Place, the natural surroundings and the city skyline.
  • Capacity for major festivals, while also accommodating smaller events and casual use year-round.
Kid's Exploration Outcrop: looking west
Kid's Exploration Outcrop: looking west
Summer market: Looking south from Celebration Walk.
Summer market: Looking south from Celebration Walk.

Environmental Assessment

Before construction can begin on Celebration Common, an Environmental Assessment (EA) must be completed. The Celebration Common project does not include the Budweiser Stage, the Administrative Building or any in-water work.

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport is the proponent of the project.

View the Notice of Class Environmental Assessment

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