Jun. 19, 2017

New waterfront park unveiled at Ontario Place

Toronto Star - Published on Jun 19, 2017

Patrick Morello, project director for LANDinc, gives a tour of the new $30-million 7.5-acre Trillium Park at Ontario Place.

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The vast majority of Ontario Place — including the iconic geodesic Cinesphere dome remains closed — but the government is hopeful Trillium Park and the Davis trail will rekindle public interest in the facility.

The new site consists of 1,200 newly planted trees, 28,000 shrubs and perennials, 1,700 tonnes of Muskoka granite from the Huntsville quarry, and repairs to about 600 metres of shoreline.

In Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi”, they paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

At Ontario Place, they did the opposite.

A new $30-million, 7.5-acre waterfront park opened Monday on the site of a revitalized parking lot at the once-popular lakeside provincial attraction that was shuttered in 2012.

Premier Kathleen Wynne literally cut the ribbon on the new 1.3 km William G. Davis Trail, named for the man who launched Ontario Place in 1971.

“Our vision for a transformed Ontario Place honours our history, our people, and our landscape,” Wynne said of the Trillium Park.

The vast majority of Ontario Place — including the iconic geodesic Cinesphere dome remains closed — but the government is hopeful Trillium Park and the Davis trail will rekindle public interest in the facility.

The new site consists of 1,200 newly planted trees, 28,000 shrubs and perennials, 1,700 tonnes of Muskoka granite from the Huntsville quarry, and repairs to about 600 metres of shoreline.

Some 52,000 cubic metres of soil were brought in — 3,700 truckloads — with more than half of that excess from a suburban development. Land Inc. Project Director Patrick Morello later revealed that if the site hadn’t been raised 1.5 metres, the entire north side would currently be underwater from the rising lake levels.

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