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No condos at Ontario Place, Kathleen Wynne says

05/19/2014 11:17 EDT | Updated 07/19/2014 05:59 EDT
Ontario Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne said Monday her party would not support condos or any other residential developments at Ontario Place, a government-owned theme park on Toronto's western lake shore mothballed by the province two years ago.

At a campaign stop on Monday, Wynne said she supports a plan for Ontario Place that "embraces recreation and entertainment" and one that turns the property into "a year-round music destination."

Wynne says the Liberal vision for a revitalized Ontario Place would include:

- Creating a music destination that would bring live music acts to the site all year-round

- Developing a separate major cultural attraction, beyond the music.

- Building a new 7.5-acre urban park, completed in time for the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.

- Establishing a new waterfront trail that would connect Ontario Place to the existing Martin Goodman trail.

- Protecting and re-purposing the existing Cinesphere and pods as an important part of the cultural heritage of the site

- Lining a waterfront canal district with stores and restaurants

Wynne chided the Progressive Conservative and NDP, saying neither party has a vision for Ontario Place, which first opened in 1971.

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