TORONTO, Sept. 11, 2014 /CNW/ - Infrastructure Ontario (IO) has issued a
request for proposals to five construction companies shortlisted to
build the new urban park and waterfront trail at Ontario Place.
A request for qualifications issued in February 2014 shortlisted
contractors with the expertise and capacity to undertake the
construction project. The five shortlisted companies invited to bid
Construction is planned to take place in two phases, beginning with the
removal of the existing parking lot, site preparation, shoreline
repairs and underground infrastructure in fall 2014. The second phase
will commence in fall 2015 and will include the construction of the
park and its surface-level amenities.
The park and trail project will transform a portion of the East Island
previously used as a parking lot, providing public access to a section
of Toronto's waterfront for the first time in more than 40 years. It
will link to an expansive waterfront trail system that includes parts
of the Trans Canada Trail Ontario route as well as the Martin Goodman
trail. More green space and access to the waterfront were among the top
priorities identified through public consultations for a new Ontario
Infrastructure Ontario, on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture
and Sport and the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and
Infrastructure, is moving forward with the development of the urban
park and waterfront trail project, the first step in the revitalization
of Ontario Place.
Infrastructure Ontario is a Crown agency of the Province of Ontario that
works to deliver public benefits through partnerships with the private
sector. IO delivers large, complex public infrastructure projects using
a made-in-Ontario modern procurement and project management practice
called Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP). Infrastructure
Ontario also partners with the private sector to manage one of the
largest real estate portfolios in Canada, provides municipalities and
eligible public-sector clients with loans to renew public
infrastructure, and leverages its private-sector expertise to advise
the provincial public-sector clients on commercial transactions.
Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca or www.ontario.ca/myontarioplace for more information.
Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
"We are one step closer to our goal of creating a new, landmark park and
trail on the East Island — the first phase of the Ontario Place
revitalization. The new park and trail will be open, accessible and
welcoming to everyone, and will offer spectacular views of the lake and
city. Families from across the province share fond memories of time
spent at Ontario Place. This revitalization will build on that legacy
for generations to come."
Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and
"I am proud of our government's commitment to turn this land into green
space that reconnects us to our waterfront, is accessible to all and
celebrates Ontario's unique landcape."
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SOURCE: Infrastructure Ontario
For further information:
Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport