Request for proposals issued for Ontario Place urban park and waterfront trail
By STAFF REPORTConstruction Infrastructure
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 are: Aldershot, Eastern Construction, Elite, PCL and Urbacon.
Construction will take place in two phases, beginning with the removal of the existing parking lot, site preparation, shoreline repairs and underground infrastructure in the fall of 2014. The second phase will start in fall 2015 and include building the park and its surface-level amenities.
The park and trail project will transform a part of the East Island previously used as a parking lot, providing public access to an area of Toronto’s waterfront for the first time in more than 40 years.
It will link to a large 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 Place.