Date posted: August 1, 2014
Photo courtesy of blogTO
Ontario Place, recognized by many as the beloved hosting grounds of Digital Dreams, is getting a $100-million renovation that will transform the former entertainment venue into a waterfront park. It has yet to be confirmed how the makeover will effect the future of popular annual music festivals such as Warped Tour and Digital Dreams.
According to blogTO, the Molson Amphitheatre will continue as a live music venue; however, “the future is less certain for Echo Beach, which doesn’t appear in the latest renderings.”
The Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Michael Coteau, shared the first phases of the renovation project as being “a waterfront promenade with shops and restaurants, expanded outdoor music facilities, and a large outdoor space named Celebration Common,” reports blogTO. The new urban park and waterfront trail are expected to open at Ontario Place in 2016.
Remarkably enough, there are no plans to incorporate residential development, such as condos, into the site, as the grounds are being revamped strictly for public use with particular focus on environmental and cultural activities.
Here’s hoping the cherished sands at Echo Beach remain untouched throughout the renovation, as things were just getting started.
You can scroll through images of the renovation plans here.