Saturday, June 20, 2009

Ontario Place Going Downhill

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.

4 comments:

peeter_m@yahoo.com said...

Good Article!
Thanks

poet2dreamer said...

It's so true they have spent millions of our tax dollars to flatten the island to prep it for construction. The care and control of repairs show in the fact that my son broke his neck on the water slide. This was a park me and my wife fell in love at. We spent many days in the 80s with our children there. We went back there this August with are grand son and our kids and we both cryed. The
P C goverments have a way of wrecking what ever they can for big money and the rich. What for more unneeded condos ? You are right the fix is in they are letting it run down so nobody fights them over closing it. the writing is on the wall very clearly

Elegant Homes in West Toronto said...

because changes occur so slowly... no one seems to notice but..

In 100 year will the Toronto islands be condos? I think so. Will the Ontario Place Resort be rezoned residential I think so. Not in my lifetime but... It will happen Its land use and possible.

pjeary said...

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