The Ontario Government has finally revealed a plan to revamp Ontario Place after closing the theme park way back in 2012.
2019’s Call for Development Process saw three organizations — Therme Group, Live Nation and the Écorécréo Group — designing a refreshed, family-friendly version of Ontario Place designed to be open year-round.
The new take on Ontario Place will feature a revitalized waterfront, breezy gardens, several gathering places, pools, waterslides and a new winterized Budweiser Stage.
The project includes three major attractions. First off, the Therme Group is building a location called Therme Canada | Ontario Place. This modern park will offer waterslides, gardens, pools and interestingly, sports performance and recovery services. In total, Therme Canada will include eight acres of park space.
On the other hand, Live Nation is reworking its amphitheatre into a more modern facility capable of hosting music year-round, both in-door and out-door. The new venue will feature an expanded capacity of 20,000 and 9,000 in the winter.
The Écorécréo Group is building an adventure park for people of all ages. This park includes environmentally friendly family attractions, net-based aerial adventures, ziplines, climbing walls, escape rooms and more. Canoe, Segway and quad-cycle rentals will also be available at the park.
“As we mark the 50th anniversary of Ontario Place this year, there is no better time to bring this iconic destination back to life,” said Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford, in a press statement.
“By taking this first step with our world-class development partners, as well as the City of Toronto and Indigenous communities, we will deliver a renewed Ontario Place that provides year-round entertainment for all ages and interests. As we continue to engage and consult with the community, Ontario Place will realize its full potential as a long-term economic generator for the people of Ontario.”
In August, the Ontario government plans to allow Ontarians to share how they’d like to see Ontario Place redeveloped through this link.