Lansdowne officially opens in the Glebe
After two years of reconstruction, the new Lansdowne in the Glebe is officially open.
Partners at Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG), the City of Ottawa, the Glebe BIA and TD Canada Trust launched the new destination in dramatic fashion Friday afternoon with a raucous concert, bubbles and live butterflies and a wild confetti drop just in front of the iconic Aberdeen Pavilion.
The official launch marks the opening of all the shops at Lansdowne, the world class stadium at TD Place and a slew of events coming down the pipe from huge stadium concerts like AC/DC to smaller, local community events like yoga and art classes and the ever-popular Ottawa Farmer’s Market.
“We now have over 30 shops and restaurants open for business at Lansdowne, the greatest patio space in the city, events in the 18-acre park, concerts, sporting events, the Ottawa Farmers’ Market three days a week and ample underground parking at very low rates,” said OSEG CEO Bernie Ashe. “The vision for Lansdowne as a people place is now reality and we look forward to welcoming visitors seven days a week. Lansdowne is live.”
The square was packed all morning, as scores of students from Hopewell Public School took a mini field trip down to the Park. They were greeted by mascots and Ottawa RedBlacks cheerleaders who armed the kids with bubbles and live butterflies to release following the ceremony.
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson was all smiles Thursday, as his long-awaited project is finally complete.
‘“When we started this project, the City’s vision for Lansdowne was for it to be a people place, a community hub where residents and visitors alike could gather and spend a great day,” he said.
“We are excited to see this vision come alive.”
The announcement also included scores of world-class events that are coming to Lansdowne this summer, including AC/DC, Serena Ryder and the Ottawa RedBlacks home opener July 4.
“Lansdowne, while it’s been here for over 100 years, is Ottawa’s newest hot spot,” added Glebe BIA Executive Director Andrew Peck.
“It’s a fun zone, a giant playground, a big back yard. It’s not for the fun free, if you’re a fan of smiling and enjoying yourself, this is the place for you. It’s a gift for the area, a gift for the city, and leading up to 2017 as Canada prepares to celebrate its 150th birthday, a gift for the country. Together with everything else along Bank Street, the Glebe is once again Ottawa’s most dynamic shopping and entertainment district.”
OSEG also announced that they are releasing more free Serena Ryder tickets for her July 3 show at TD Place. That concert kicks off the Ottawa RedBlacks home opening weekend when they take on the BC Lions July 4. The Ottawa Fury open their fall season July 5 with a tilt against the Jacksonville Armada.
There are tons of activities going on at Lansdowne all summer, both free events for the family, including skateboarding and a soon-to-open water park.
Lansdowne has also launched a brand new website that has information about everything from events to parking. Check out the new website here and we will see you at Lansdowne this summer.