How is Ontario Place going to be a year round attraction when the only new inside spaces are for the paid attractions? So, only people who want to swim or see a concert can find a space to get warm in the winter but for anyone else using the park, where do they go to get a bit of relief from the cold? If that is the case, this is badly thought out. Why not build a few buildings in the park where the general public can hang out and enjoy, without having to pay an admission charge? It could be an indoor food court linked to an attraction or some kind of market with a large seating area that mixes food and shopping. Why not a free or low priced cultural attraction that also contains public seating areas?
You cannot call a park a year round attraction if there are not indoor spaces for the general (non-paid) public to enjoy and most importantly, keep warm in Winter. I think ALL major parks need public buildings, that allow the public to linger, have a coffee or get something to eat. It makes a huge difference in how a park can be used in Winter. Community centres should all be put in or beside public parks where feasible and they all need a public area to linger, preferably with a restaurant.
I like the fact that something is happening with Ontario Place, I just don't like the very narrow focus on paid attractions which are limited to very specific activities, that not everybody is into. What if I'm not into swimming or adventure playgrounds? What if I don't have 200 dollars to spend on family fun? What are my options then? I don't see anything here with a general appeal, that won't break the bank for a family that just wants to have a fun day out. Yeah, you've got a free beach but we already have lots of free beaches, including one already in the area, Sunnyside beach. They aren't giving the general public anything so far. And this set up, is certainly not year round. Not if it's only paid attractions that offer very specific indoor amusements.
Where is the government offering anything to the general public, other than landscaping in this park? Where do you see any new, creative ideas? I'm not seeing much, just the same old stuff that is done in many other places around the world. Is this really the best we can do? I was expecting MUCH more for Ontario Place! I see nothing here for me, so far.
And can I just say, if Urban Toronto has taught me anything, it's that the actual buildings will look nothing like the renderings, so don't get all excited over pretty pictures because we all know the odds are very high, that you will all be VERY DISAPPOINTED! Thank you Urban Toronto for making me a cynical SOB.