Despite vehement opposition, the Government of Ontario is marching forward with its redevelopment of Ontario Place, releasing new renderings of its plans on Tuesday.

The release came in conjunction with an announcement that the government would be bringing the Ontario Science Centre to Ontario Place, the latest addition to the already expansive project.

The redevelopment will see the West Island primarily become home to a (controversial) new waterpark and spa, as well as 12 acres of public space, botanical spaces, a new beach, and biking trails. Plans also call for a man-made wetland area that will help to manage water run-off into the lake.

The spa and waterpark, housed in a futuristic-looking glass structure, will be accessible to paying customers, with a day pass estimated to cost $40.

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Over on the East Island, Live Nation will build an entirely new Budweiser Stage that can operate year-round -- a big change for the currently seasonal venue. The new stage and seating bowl will both be taller than their predecessors, a move that the Province says will protect against future flooding.

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The new renderings are of five distinct areas: the Water's Edge, Brigantine Cove, the Forum, the Marina, and the Mainland. The province notes these will be open free of charge, 365 days a year. The designs have been recommended through the Environmental Assessment process but are not yet finalized.

Water's Edge

Providing public access to the waterfront, this will be an extension of the William G. Davis trail across the entirety of Ontario Place. Design plans so far include natural stone terraces, piers, and lookout points, and the William G. Davis trail itself will also receive upgrades.

"A restored shoreline will make the water’s edge safer and more sustainable, offering the best views of Lake Ontario where people can have a picnic, relax with a book, and take in beautiful sunrises and sunsets," the Province says.

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Brigantine Cove

On the north side of the East Island, Brigantine Cove will undergo restoration with a naturalized shoreline, floating wetlands, a small beach, new pathways, and a new public boardwalk. a canoe/kayak launch and a children's play village are also in the works.

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The Forum

A large, open play destination with interactive fountains and splash pads, the Forum will also serve as a year-round community and cultural event space that can accommodate concerts, markets, art festivals and celebrations.

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The Marina

The existing marina will receive a major facelift with the addition of year-round waterside dining and cafes, retail space, boating amenities, and cultural programming. "The revitalized marina will once again be a destination for gathering, celebration and family fun," the Province said.

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The Mainland

The welcome area to the new Ontario Place, the mainland will feature a year-round promenade and serve as an event and festival space with pavilions and an urban beach. Interestingly, it will also have "upgraded transit and people movers to and through the site" to connect Ontario Place with the Ontario Line subway terminus at Exhibition Place.

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