The land occupied by the Toronto Island Airport has a spectacular location. The city’s impressive skyline dominates the view. On three sides is water. To the west is Humber Bay, to the east Toronto Harbour and on the north is the Western Gap. Toronto Island Park, the jewel in the crown of the Toronto park system, is just on the other side of a high chain link fence.
This area was once known as Hanlan’s Point. It once held Toronto’s favorite amusement park and the most popular beaches in the city. It was here where the diving horse preformed and Babe Ruth once hit home runs.
Today the 215 acres of land is occupied by a dirty, polluted airport. The spectacular land is fenced off from the public and accessible only to a handful of travelers and scores of aircraft both big and small. Soon, if Robert Deluce and supporters of Porter Air have their way, the runways will be lengthened and this gorgeous piece of land will become a jetport with flights to every part of North America. It will become a mega airport on Toronto’s Waterfront.
It takes only an act of imagination to see what this land could become. We invite you to look at some ideas others have had, and to develop your own ideas about the fabulous possibilities that the land holds for us all, if only the airport is closed. If you are inspired, please send us your own ideas.