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07.09.19 – TCLF adds Ontario Place to its list of cultural landscapes at risk

The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) has added Ontario Place to its list of threatened cultural landscapes, thanks to a nomination by Associate Professor Jane Wolff.

Writes Wolff:

Built on man-made islands just off the shore of Lake Ontario, Ontario Place is an imaginative and ambitious composition of architecture, engineering, and landscape architecture that opened to the public in 1971. Designed by architect Eberhard Zeidler and landscape architect Michael Hough, the Modernist waterfront park garnered international recognition and won several design awards. But now Ontario’s government has asked for proposals to “comprehensively develop and reinvent the site,” treating most of the recognized cultural heritage landscape as a tabula rasa.   

A non-profit promotes the value and stewardship of culturally vital landscapes across North America, TCLF maintains a list of landscapes at risk, in an effort to "educate and thereby rally support at the local, state, and national levels."

Visit TCLF's website to read more by Wolff about the history of Ontario Place, why it is currently at risk, and what you can do to help.