Revitalizing Ontario Place - Proposals As part of the tourism study that came out today, a number of proposals have been put forward for revitalizing Ontario Place, including some that they want to see happen immediately. The most interesting are opening year-round, and with no admission charge. From the report: Context At the moment, Ontario Place is a prime example of an attraction not meeting its potential. Itâ€™s a symbolic attraction for this province and it needs attention. â€œWhen we first began some years ago to consider the concept of a major new provincial development adjacent to the C.N.E. [Canadian National Exhibition], it became apparent thatâ€¦there was a need in Ontario for something akin to a spiritual home, a touchstone of stability, a place where people could come, see and reflect upon the society that has been created in Ontarioâ€¦In short, we wanted a place to re-affirm our identity as Ontarians and Canadians,â€ Premier John Robarts, Remarks at Ontario Place Countdown Reception, November 3, 1970. Over the years, a series of studies have been completed on Ontario Place Corporation. These studies explored ideas for the site that included a mixed-use district, a full merger with Exhibition Place, free admission to the grounds, as well as options to make Ontario Place a year-round destination. Other ideas have included moving the Ontario Science Centre to Ontario Place or developing the site as an urban entertainment centre. With 96 acres of parkland including water lots and waterfront, it is clear much more could be done. Ultimately, Ontario Place could be a large public provincial square surrounded by entertainment, dining and shopping. A new vision for Ontario Place could help it become a place that is accessible for all people and recapture its original mandate to highlight the best that Ontario has to offer. Now is the time to revitalize Ontario Place and have it become the flagship of a new era in Ontario tourism by the 150th anniversary of Confederationin 2017. Next Steps â€¢ Develop a new vision for Ontario Place that will showcase the provinceâ€™s distinctive personality. â€¢ Create a long-term master plan for Ontario Place, with future consideration for the surrounding area to create a renewed cluster of tourism attractions on the Toronto western waterfront. â€¢ Establish a provincially led body to oversee the development of the master plan, under the Ministry of Tourism. â€¢ Offer free access to the public to the grounds. (Ticketed admissions to some entertainment areas should be maintained.) â€¢ Open Ontario Placeâ€™s doors year-round as a first step toward a new Ontario Place. â€¢ Develop a series of pedestrian/cycling trails linking neighbouring sites and residential areas. â€¢ Develop a transportation strategy that would allow easier access for visitors to reach Ontario Place from downtown Toronto. â€¢ Aim to have a revitalized Ontario Place become the flagship of a new era in Ontario tourism by the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. Result â€¢ Ontario Place would be, once again, a symbol of the province of Ontario and be a significant draw for visitors. â€¢ The entire west lakeshore region would be easily accessible from Toronto. â€¢ Ontario Place would fully deliver its legislated mandate to operate as a provincial exhibit and recreational centre and develop programs designed to enhance the image of the province.