Ontario Place already has a new park, Trillium Park, just east of the main park and it is never very crowded. In fact, it has always been empty when I went there. Ontario Place is surrounded by parks on all sides, so there is no lack of public parkland here. We don't need more empty, passive parkland. We need fun things for adults and children to do year round. We need to increase tourism and provide good paying jobs. If done properly, we can accomplish more than one objective here. Why not have a bit of everything and make Ontario Place appeal to a broad spectrum of the population. Keep parts of it free or affordable but also offer some upscale, paid attractions so it is accessible to as many people as possible. Making this park a year round attraction is important too.Thanks. Old satellite images confirm that all accesses were gated.
I get some here seem to want it to be a park, but I just think that's a massive waste of land. The area is relatively isolated and very, very large. A park would likely be lightly used given the lack of local population, and would do nothing to add to the city's entertainment options which was the original intent of Ontario Place.
Listen, I'm as cynical as the next guy and I am no fan of the Ford government but I think this might be a good start to turning around Ontario Place and we can always add to it or change things around after a change of government. Improvements can always be made, while respecting contracts. We've got to start somewhere and this plan seems decent to me but we need to keep pressure on Ford to do something with the parking lots, integrating OP with Exhibition Place and also public transit access. Those huge parking lots could provide valuable space for new attractions or some better use than parking.