TORONTO, Ont. – The oversized golf-ball-like cinesphere at Ontario Place has been as synonymous with Toronto as the CN Tower, overlooking the lake for almost 40 years.
However, that landmark may soon disappear, as there are large scale plans to revamp the amusement park.
Architects and developers are being asked to submit ideas concerning the redevelopment of the waterfront property.
A park spokesperson said developers will have a blank canvas for the new Ontario Place, and outdated facilities will most likely be retired, with the ultimate goal being to bring life back to the park.
“We’re expecting that the respondents will either go with a complete blank slate for the 96 acres, or may or may not encompass components that currently exist there today,” said Hugh Mansfield, the spokesman for the Ontario Place Revitalization Project.
“The cinesphere was a wonderful idea in 1970, when it was state of the art technology. Over the years, it’s been replaced by your local cinema, [which] has more complex camera equipment in it now than the cinesphere [...] We’re trying to build on the future here, not really relive the past,” he told 680News.
Meanwhile, some Torontonians are not ready to face the Ontario Place of the future.
“That’s a sin – taking out that big ball thing. They had the Trillium Room Dance there in 1983. It was great,” one man told 680News.
Construction could begin as soon as summer 2011.
The famous log ride and the water park may also be demolished as part of the redesign.
Since its opening in 1970, the purpose of Ontario Place has been to celebrate the achievements of Ontarians.