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urban park and William G. Davis trail at Ontario Place

The new Urban Park and William G. Davis Trail at Ontario Place will open up a section of Toronto’s waterfront that has been inaccessible to the public for over 40 years.

Located along a portion of Ontario Place's east island, the new park and waterfront trail is situated on a 7.5 acre site previously used for parking. Once completed, the project will provide access to another section of Toronto’s waterfront previously unavailable to the public. The project includes an urban park and a new section of waterfront trail that will connect with the existing Martin Goodman Trail and the 780-kilometre waterfront trail system which extends from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Cornwall, Ontario.


Designs for the park and waterfront trail were unveiled on June 24, 2015, at which time it was also announced that the trail is being dedicated in the name of William G. Davis, who was Premier in 1971 when Ontario Place first opened.


LANDinc in partnership with West 8, are the team chosen through a competitive process to design the new park and trail. Both firms offer impressive resumes with award winning projects around the globe, as well as extensive local and international experience in planning and designing large waterfront projects. Their portfolios include Toronto’s Tommy Thompson Park, New York’s Governors Island Park, Waterfront Toronto’s Queens Quay Master Plan and the Spadina, Simcoe and Rees WaveDecks.


Waterfront Toronto has a long history of improving public space in the areas around Ontario Place. Improvements to the Martin Goodman Trail, Marilyn Bell Park and the Western Beaches Watercourse have improved access to the water, added new trail and offer an appealing environment to relax and unwind at the water’s edge.


In 2009, Waterfront Toronto opened a newly created stretch of the Martin Goodman Trail at Ontario Place. The 1.3 kilometre addition at Ontario Place is an important piece in connecting the wider waterfront trail and a critical link in the 17 kilometre Martin Goodman Trail. The addition provides opportunities for alternative modes of travel across the waterfront in a safe and attractive environment.


The improved Marilyn Bell Park is a fabulous green space right in the heart of Toronto’s western beaches. The improvements to Marilyn Bell Park are located just west of Exhibition Place and follow the shoreline of Lake Ontario. Opened to the public in 2006 and 2007, the project included a new multi-use trail, promenades and viewing platforms.


Improvements to the Western Beaches Watercourse were created to enable the City of Toronto to host the 2006 International Dragon Boat Federation Club Crew World Championships. The Western Beaches Watercourse is a 'flat water' training and competition centre for rowing and paddling. Built by Waterfront Toronto and Toronto and Region Conservation, the multi-sport watercourse located west of Ontario Place fronting on Marilyn Bell Park was completed in June 2006.


public consultation


Design excellence and meaningful public consultation are integral to everything we do at Waterfront Toronto, and this project is no different. Public consultation played a major role in developing the design of this new park and trail.


A series of public meetings were held to give the public an opportunity to share ideas and provide the project and design team with input and feedback on the design of the new park and waterfront trail.


The vision is to transform Ontario Place into a year-round, multi-use waterfront community and urban park for everyone to enjoy.


The future of Ontario Place will be shaped by public input to ensure this landmark destination is transformed into a year-round vibrant hub of activity for people of all ages and abilities.


learn more

For more information on the overall revitalization of Ontario Place, please visit the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport website.

Related Meetings

Public Meeting - Urban Park and Waterfront Trail at Ontario Place
March 19, 2014

Public Meeting - Urban Park and Waterfront Trail at Ontario Place
January 22, 2014

Ontario Place Park Public Meeting
December 04 , 2013

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quick facts

Boundaries:  Located on a portion of the east island of Ontario Place


Size:  Approximately 7.5 acres


Design Team:  LANDinc in partnership with West 8


Related Information

June 24, 2015
Former Premier Honoured at Ontario Place (news release)

February 24, 2015
Construction of new urban park and waterfront trail at Ontario Place begins (news release)

July 31, 2014
Revitalizing Ontario Place (news release)

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