Ontario Place landscape architect quits revamp over tree clearing plans

A prominent landscape architect, known for designing Trillium and Tommy Thompson parks, has walked away from the redevelopment of Ontario Place, citing his opposition to clearing hundreds of trees to make way for a private spa and waterpark on Toronto’s waterfront.

After it became clear he couldn’t influence plans from the inside, Walter Kehm told the Star he could no longer be tied to a project that threatens a decades-old wildlife habitat, likening his professional commitment to protect nature to a doctor’s Hippocratic oath: “Do no harm.”

‘It’s time for telling the truth’: Ontario Place architect steps away from Doug Ford’s revamp to speak out against the tree clearing – Toronto Star, November 20, 2023

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