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First phase of Ontario Place revitalization underway

Province previews new park at Ontario Place as work continues on phase one of relaunch
WATCH ABOVE: Province previews new park at Ontario Place as work continues on phase one of relaunch

The first phase of the Ontario Place revitalization project is well underway and members of the media had a chance to tour the area on Wednesday.

The newly designed William G. Davis Trail located on the east island includes an open-air pavilion, garden, boardwalk and a summit at the southern tip of the park.

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The 7.5 acre urban park and a waterfront trail is part of the Ontario government’s $100 million investment to rejuvenate what was once a key Toronto tourist destination.

Ontario Place opened in 1971 but closed in 2012 as annual visitor numbers dwindled to 300,000 from a peak of 2.5 million and the province said it couldn’t afford to keep the struggling attraction open.

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In addition to the trail, which is expected to be finished by the summer of 2017, the revitalization plan includes a mix of outdoor and indoor areas featuring a live music venue and restaurants.