If you’ve been to a show at the Molson Amphitheatre recently you may have looked over at what was once a really fun place to be with your family, Ontario Place, and wondered what exactly is going to happen to it. There are lots of photos online of what it looks like now. Sad really, kind of creepy too. It’s like a piece of your childhood just left to rot.
The province announced back in February 2012 that it was shutting down Ontario Place but planned to revitalize the space and reopen in time for Canada’s 150th birthday, July 1, 2017. It appears they are way behind schedule.
Tourism Minister Eleanor McMahon now says that only the first phase of the Ontario Place redevelopment will be completed by next summer. The first phase will include a new park and trail, covering one-quarter of the Ontario Place lands on the eastern edge. No word on when the rest of the park will be relaunched.
It won’t be the amusement park it once was but instead it will be re-purposed into smaller intimate spaces for concerts, arts festivals and large scale music festivals with multiple venues across the entire park.