All along the waterfront: Ontario Place to get new waterfront park
Public can provide input up until March 31
by Joey Schwartz, Images courtesy of mtc.gov.on.ca
On March 19, 2014, a third and final public consultation about designing a new park for Ontario Place was held at the Metro Convention Centre in downtown Toronto. Roughly 75 people turned up for the presentation and consultation, with many members present from both print and television media. The final design will be unveiled in the late spring or early summer, this year.
The project was started after the August 2012 report on revitalizing Ontario Place. One of the 18 recommendations from the report was to create an urban park and waterfront trail. The park and trail are located on Ontario Place’s eastern-most side, where staff parking currently exists.
LANDinc /West 8’s – the project’s design team – plan calls for the greening of this 3.04 hectare asphalt wasteland with wooded areas, planted slopes, rolling lawns and an extensive pathway system. It will have simple furnishings and a lighting scheme that makes the natural park features stand out, while also taking into consideration migratory birds’ safety. The trail itself will be a 980 m main circuit.
Morah Fenning, assistant deputy minister for the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, and Patrick Morello from LANDinc made the presentations that were also live webcasted. The assembled crowd seemed to accept the plan, with only minor objections or corrections.
The main design feature for cyclists is that this trail will be an extension of the Waterfront Trail/Martin Goodman Trail (MGT). The new trail is entered off the MGT at Ontario Place Blvd., which will contain what they call an “allée” of coniferous trees. The multi-use trail will come close to the lakeshore and will have vistas that simulate “the countryside.” And the “rocky beach” design will be similar to the park along Humber Bay, in Etobicoke.
In the end, the trail is more a destination than something to just cycle through. So for cyclists it might simply be a place to come view Toronto from the lake, or watch a small concert or some other entertainment event, rather than to get from point A to B. It is definitely a recreational trail only, but that’s fine since it is expected to be open year-round.
People still interested in participating in this final consultation round can do so online until 31 March 2014 at http://www.mtc.gov.on.ca/en/ontarioplace/park_trails.shtml.
Looks nice! Members of the public can still provide input here, before March 31.
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