Have your say Ontario: What is your vision for Ontario Place and Exhibition Place? |
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The Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto today launched a web site
inviting Ontario citizens to share their ideas and suggestions for the future
of Ontario Place and Exhibition Place. Public input will assist the Exhibition
Place / Ontario Place Steering Committee in developing a long-term strategy for
the two venues.
"It is important for us to hear from the people of Ontario," says David
Crombie, Chair of the Ontario Place Corporation and Co-chair, with Toronto
Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone, of the Exhibition Place / Ontario Place Steering
Committee. "We need to create an informed voice and a bold vision that
recognizes the public's interest and financial investment in these properties."
The joint Exhibition Place / Ontario Place Steering Committee is exploring
options to maximize the potential of the waterfront assets. One option that is
currently being considered is the merger of these two venues for a combined
area of 270 acres. Greater co-operation between the two venues will help to
create a world-class destination that will contribute to a vibrant waterfront.
A stakeholder meeting in October assembled experts in arts, culture, design,
heritage, recreation, entertainment, planning and business as a first step to
solicit feedback and to lead the public engagement. The ideas generated at the
meeting form the basis of the draft concept plan. The stakeholder meeting
summary report and draft concept plan are available at www.op-ep.ca.
"Generations of residents and visitors have walked through the gates of Ontario
Place and Exhibition Place," adds Crombie. "These are significant historic
landmarks that the public feels a strong attachment to. In order to maintain
these valued sites that are an integral part of the fabric of this city and
province, we're asking people across Ontario to answer the question, 'What do
you want to see on these sites in 20 years from now?'"
Members of the public can log on to www.op-ep.ca to share their ideas. All
submissions must be received by December 24, 2004. Comments can also be sent by
e-mail, fax or regular mail to:
Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Recreation
Tourism Agencies Unit
15th Floor, 700 Bay Street
Toronto, ON, M7A 2E1
David Crombie, Co-chair, Exhibition Place / Ontario Place Steering Committee,
416-365-0816 ext 233
Karen Thorne-Stone, Acting Executive Director, Toronto Economic Development,