The Floating Entertainment Center in downtown downtown Ottawa will open to the general public on Wednesday.
It will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and it will offer more than 10,000 square feet of outdoor seating and space for outdoor dance performances.
The centre will also have a bar, a theatre, a movie theatre, two bars and restaurants.
“This is going to be an amazing opportunity for people who want to get away from it all to come out to have a good time and have some of the best entertainment downtown,” said Jeff Lebowski, president and CEO of the Ottawa Economic Development Corporation.
“The centre is going out of its way to be accessible for people with mobility issues and people who might have a limited mobility,” he said.
The floating entertainment centre, which is located at the corner of St. Stephen and St. Clair streets, will feature a large screen and large video screens.
The water will be on the water, but it will not be located in the water.
“People can actually walk on the floating screen, which will be water-tight,” Lebowski said.
“We’re going to try to create some of those social elements that are really cool to see.
People will be able to sit on the deck and have a few drinks, and there’s going to have some games.”
The centre is not the first floating entertainment center that has opened to the community.
Lebowerski said the centre has been available for a number of years and he expects it to be open for at least another year.
He said he hopes the centre will become the next downtown entertainment centre to open.
“There’s a lot of different options out there, so I’m really excited that we can bring some of that experience downtown,” he explained.
“I think it’s really exciting to be able and to be at the forefront of something like this.”
The Floating entertainment centre will be located at 4500 Bloor Street West, and it is not yet known when the centre is expected to open to public.
The Ottawa Economic Developers Corporation is helping to fund the centre’s construction.
Lebsowski said the floating entertainment will be the first of many floating entertainment centres in the city.
“It will be really, really cool,” he added.
“As soon as we get into the next five years, I think there will be a lot more floating entertainment.