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October 15, 2004
City of Toronto and Province of Ontario examine Exhibition Place and Ontario Place future
  
An integrated Exhibition Place and Ontario Place was the focus of discussions
today that brought together municipal and provincial representatives, key
partners and industry experts to explore opportunities for maximizing the
potential of the two venues. The session was organized by a joint Exhibition
Place / Ontario Place Steering Committee.

"Ontario Place and Exhibition Place have a combined prime waterfront location
of 270 acres," said David Crombie, Chair of Ontario Place Corporation and
Co-chair of the Exhibition Place / Ontario Place Steering Committee. "Contained
within these two significant public assets lies extraordinary potential to
create a compelling destination that will contribute to Toronto's plans for a
dynamic waterfront."

Representatives from several Toronto attractions, as well as a team of culture,
arts, design, heritage, recreation, entertainment, planning and business
experts, attended the working session to offer expertise and concepts regarding
visions for the two sites. Participating in the working session were
representatives from the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation as well
as organizations such as the Architects Alliance, Canadian Urban Institute,
Lord Cultural Resources and the Toronto Waterfront Regeneration Trust. The
ideas generated from today's discussions will assist the Exhibition Place /
Ontario Place Steering Committee to guide further public consultation and
develop final recommendations.

"The visioning for what will emerge on these two sites in 20 years begins
today," said Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone, Chair of the Board of Governors for
Exhibition Place and Co-chair of the Exhibition Place / Ontario Place Steering
Committee. "We need to capitalize on the unique attributes and assets of these
public waterfront sites so that our goals of environmental preservation and
promotion of heritage, culture, education, recreation and tourism will be
realized."

Members of the public will also have an opportunity to provide input on the
future vision for Exhibition Place and Ontario Place. A public forum will be
launched in late 2004 inviting the broader community to contribute their
thoughts and ideas.

Media contacts:
David Crombie
Co-chair, Exhibition Place / Ontario Place Steering Committee
416-365-0186, ext. 233

Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone
Co-chair, Exhibition Place / Ontario Place Steering Committee
416-392-4009



 

 

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