“The vision and scope of Ontario Place gives promise of our vast potential’
-Bill Davis, Premier of Ontario, 1971
That potential is up for interpretation; the remier probably didn’t anticipate a $15-billion deficit and closure in 2012.
The new revitalization plan seems to honour Davis’ vision by attempting to connect culture, discovery and innovation while enhancing original structures and green space.
For 100 million tax dollars, this includes: a collection of green spaces, a blue park for water activities, flexible spaces for festivals, live-music year round, a canal district with shops and restaurants, conservation of the Cinesphere and pods, and a pedestrian land bridge to Exhibition Place. If executed properly, will this be enough to turn around the failed concept?
Food Truck Fest Ontario has been given the go ahead to enjoy the last days of Ontario Place, before the revitalization begins this fall, with a one day showcase of Ontario’s top food trucks on September 21st. The food palaces on wheels are coming together to feed the masses and compete for “The Golden Fork” trophy for the best food dish as voted by festival goers.
This will be your last opportunity to enjoy Ontario Place as you know it.
The south east part of Ontario Place (Marked #5 below) is where the majority of the festival will take place. If you’re taking a taxi, ask them to drop you off at Ontario Place Boulevard and Remembrance Drive.
Do you believe in the revitalization plan?