The Elgin County Railway Museum (ECRM) Board of Directors approved the conceptual Site Master Plan as presented by a+LiNK at their August 18th meeting. The ECRM Site Master Plan – “Railway Park” Design is an exciting long-term vision created around the community’s desire to have a multi-use central park for all ages, with the ability to provide event space, recreation activities, and extend the heritage culture of the Elgin County Railway Museum.
Through public design charrettes, meetings with stakeholders, and input from the ECRM Board, a+LiNK Architecture Inc., and York Urbanist developed the conceptual plan. Some of the key concepts include; celebrating the rich history of the rail lands, pedestrian connectivity within the site, connections to the downtown, neighbouring properties and City trail systems, and providing the festival venue and event spaces for all seasons. Principal Architect and Heritage Consultant with a+LiNK Architecture Inc., Ed van der Maarel, believes the design will connect all the cultural railway elements of the Railway City stemming from ECRM’s desire to create event space. The park and its trails will connect ECRM to the CASO Station, the St. Thomas Elevated Park, the PSTR, and the downtown. Identified by an iconic water tower landmark – a key component of the park, the central plaza space and eventually connect through the City’s trail system to the surrounding City Parks.
Development of the conceptual plan was made possible through a $20,000 donation from the Estate of Dorothy Palmer. A portion of the remaining funds was used this summer to begin grading the property to improve the grounds to host Museum and community events. The Iron Horse Festival also contributed funds to this initial site leveling work.
This Master Site Plan will provide the Museum with a long-term vision for the property, and blueprint to use for the future implementation of site elements, as fundraising and resources permit.
To view the plans, click here ECRM-Presentation-Boards