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Request for proposals issued for Ontario Place urban park and waterfront trail project

September 6, 2013

TORONTO, Sept. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Infrastructure Ontario has issued a
request for proposals seeking landscape architects with the expertise
and capacity to design an urban park and waterfront trail along the
east island of Ontario Place.

The park and trail project will transform a portion of the site most
recently used for parking, providing public access to a section of
Toronto’s waterfront for the first time in 40 years. It will link to an
expansive, 780-kilometre waterfront trail system that includes parts of
the Trans Canada Trail Ontario route as well as the Martin Goodman
trail. Through public consultations, green space with access to the
waterfront was among the top three priorities identified for a new
Ontario Place.

Interested bidders will need to provide a statement of design intent,
examples of similar projects, and an overview of their firm’s proposed
project team. Bids will undergo rigorous evaluation to ensure the
landscape architect chosen has the experience, expertise and capacity
to successfully manage a project of this size and scope. The successful
landscape architect is expected to be announced in fall 2013.

Once the landscape architect is selected, the public will be invited to
provide input as part of the design phase. The final designs will be
unveiled in spring 2014.

Infrastructure Ontario will also oversee the competitive procurement and
construction of the park and trail, which will take place in three
phases. Removal of the existing parking lot and site preparation are
scheduled to begin in spring 2014, underground infrastructure and
servicing in summer 2014, and construction of the park and its
surface-level amenities in fall 2014.

Infrastructure Ontario, on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture
and Sport and the Ministry of Infrastructure, is moving forward on the
development of the urban park and waterfront trail to revitalize
Ontario Place and improve access to the waterfront.

Infrastructure Ontario is a crown agency of the Province of Ontario that
delivers large, complex infrastructure renewal projects on time and on
budget. Over the last six years, the Province has applied
Infrastructure Ontario’s alternative financing and procurement model to
83 major projects valued at approximately $38 billion, saving taxpayers
an estimated $3 billion. Infrastructure Ontario also manages one of the
largest real estate portfolios in Canada, provides municipalities and
eligible public sector clients with financing to renew public
infrastructure, and leverages its private-sector expertise to manage
major commercial transactions on behalf of the Province.

Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca or www.mtc.gov.on.ca/en/ontarioplace/ontarioplace.shtml for more information.


Glen Murray, Minister of Infrastructure

“I am pleased to see the park and waterfront trail project proceeding.
The design and construction of this public green space will create
valuable jobs and enhance Toronto for generations to come.”

Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“We are taking decisive steps to revitalize Ontario Place and turn it
into a place that residents and tourists alike want to explore and
experience. Creating a new, vibrant urban park and trail on what was an
unused and inaccessible area for over 40 years is an important first
step on our path to transformation. Community feedback will continue to
play an important role throughout this process and I look forward to
hearing from Ontarians as we move forward together.”

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SOURCE Infrastructure Ontario

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