Correct, you had to pay to enter.I never went to Ontario Place as a kid so please forgive me - but was it always all publicly accessible? I thought they had just opened the grounds temporarily after it closed. I could have sworn it was originally gated and you had to pay to enter. Even the current scheme seems to offer unimpeded public access to all waterfront areas, which is a large improvement over the original configuration.
a couple of trees, whoop-dee-doo. The whole thing is sitting on a gigantic artificial island. It's not exactly an exemplar of the natural environment.
I mean what do you do if not this again? You can't just leave it as a park, you have to restore its entertainment function. Building a theme park more closely aligned to the original function is sort of pointless as that's why it closed in the first place, Wonderland pulled demand away.
Again, the indoor waterpark is something fairly creative that is missing from the Toronto entertainment market today, that can build on the waterfront location thematically, and offers a significant new entertainment venue. What else should it be?
From the Wikipedia entry:
The Ontario Place theme park operated annually during the summer months from 1971 until 2011. Designed originally to promote the Province of Ontario through exhibits and entertainment, its focus changed over time to be that of a theme park for families with a water park, a children's play area, and amusement rides. Exhibits in the pods were discontinued and the pods became a venue for private events. The Forum concert stage had long been a primary draw to Ontario Place in its early years as it offered free concerts by a wide variety of prominent artists, for free with the price of admission to the park.