Introduction to Open Spaces
Within the unique position and landscape of Ontario Place, the future open spaces of each test concept—the parks, trails, promenades and plazas—share a common set of challenges.
These challenges, such as how to transform Ontario Place into a world-class destination, how to link to the existing shoreline trails, and how to better connect with the city, are addressed by a series of ‘CORE ELEMENTS’ that are present in each test concept.
The culturally activated BLUE PARK creates a memorable central water experience within Ontario Place. THE WATERFRONT TRAIL brings continuity to the waterfront, linking key green spaces from east to west. Finally, ONTARIO LATITUDE PARK adds a strong north-south pedestrian connection from the city to the lake.
Test Concept Document
Ontario Place Revitalization Plan
The success and unique identity of Ontario Place as a waterfront destination depends on having a variety of public spaces that can accommodate a diversity of programs. The open spaces envisioned include naturalized green edges, vegetated topographies, culturally programmed parks, urban beaches, artfully designed gardens, recreational open spaces, festival + market grounds, and urban waterfront plazas.
Ontario Place Pods & Cinesphere Waterscape
In each test concept, the BLUE PARK activates the central waterfront with culturally programmed pods and a timber floating landscape. The floating landscape can host performances, aquatic gardens, markets, and a harbour pool, bringing a new way to interact with the Toronto’s waterfront.
View to the Pods & Cinesphere
The Blue Park elements will work together with programming in the pods, engaging the sides, roof, and underside of the pods for cultural uses such as outdoor performance, concerts, and special installations.
Under Pods - Winter View
The floating elements can be combined into different configurations to adapt to different events and seasons, and can be added to over time, making the Blue Park a highly flexible and truly unique destination on the water.
Under Pods - Summer View
MODULAR FOLDED LANDSCAPES are based on the geometry of the diamond-shaped pods, and can be configured in different ways depending on the season or use. In summer performance, harbor baths, floating food market and other events can take advantage of the structure of the pods to create cultural events that take water as their first point of activation.
Under Pods - Pan Am Games
When Toronto hosts the Pan Am games in 2015, the pods can be used for broadcasting and showcasing watersport events.
Echo Beach Dunescape
The calm inner waters and protected dunes at Echo Beach host water activities, kayaking, beach sports and play.