Happy New Year Ontario Place? Sorry you'll still be pretty much abandoned for the foreseeable future.
(and Alex too) are easily in my top 5 UrbanToronto contributors
(the other 3 are photographers of course) and I have showered applause on those many, many contributions (like most folks here I'm a cheapskate so my lazy applause is limited to likes
But... I'm going to put myself on the wrong side
of this discussion for a minute or so:
1. Is $30 million for Trillium Park the "grand vision" that will revitalize, reinvent and restore this entire site to its former glory (and human traffic)?
2. Where's the big plan (and $$) to restore and re-animate the Pods and Cinesphere as genuine destinations
all year which is at least promised by Therme? Are we going to paint the rust with Tremclad and have occasional art shows here?
3. I love
the Live Nation
plan for the Molson Stage... all weather, all season concerts on the lake ('world class' venue don't you know ;-).
Will Live Nation stick with their plan without another new big splash
(quasi-partner) at Ontario Place, generating (local and tourist) visits and cash-flow... another "there there" type of offering?
Highly doubt it.
A new park is of course great but c'mon... it ain't rocket science to say after all these years this Place
still needs (and deserves) a grand re-think beyond more disconnected (under-used?) parkland on an island across the Lake Shore highway, next to a soccer stadium.
So if no Therme... then what? Seriously, what?