As a long-time boater at Ontario Place, I have noted a number of changes over the years. In the early years, there were frequent free concerts, many restaurants and exciting rides and attractions. Ontario Place was a jewel of Toronto, and a highly recommended, very busy tourist destination.
However, over the last 10 years I have noted significant changes, none good. Maintenance has apparently been suspended and the West Island rides have become rundown. Restaurants have been closed, torn down and paved over. Even Tim Hortons gave up on the place years ago. I cannot remember the last time there was a free concert in the Molson Amphitheatre. Each year fewer visitors attend.
I am convinced this is not accidental. As fewer people attend, losses will mount until finally it will become an eyesore and be closed. But then it will suddenly become priceless as condominium fodder. I believe the fix has been in for some time now.
Edward A. Collis, Burlington
David Pylyp I was fascinated when I found this piece online at the Toronto Star. Is this a possibility for the Ontario Place site?
If they redeveloped the site as condo's on the waterfront people would indeed flock to Ontario Place. Natural harbour, established infrastructure, access to rapid and rail transit, easy access to Downtown Toronto. Who wouldn't want to live there?
What do you think? Your comments are invited.