The preferred concept option provides a multi-purpose facility that honours Brockville’s railway and industrial heritage. The brownfield site, once strategically positioned as the rail gateway to the City, will be cleaned up and resume its role as a park and civic space that provides a gateway to the downtown/waterfront, while supporting the trolley, pedestrians and cyclists who go through the beautiful re-opened Rail Tunnel. Parking for over 65 cars and 8 buses keeps these vehicles off busy downtown streets.
The bright, airy, timber-framed Roundhouse will be the final phased element, to be built on the location of the former rail ‘turntable’ after funds are raised. It will provide income-generating space for up to 130 people for weddings, meetings and civic events. Its related facilities include public restrooms, ticket office, The Canopy shelter, The Platform community engagement space, and the North Portal Park Station, for boarding and disembarking the tunnel tram shuttle. At the confluence of Brockville Trails, The Lookout deck, built into the north safety berm, provides an excellent vantage point for train spotters. The Beacon helps people find and identify with the park; a playground and a bike parking plaza are other features for tourists and residents alike.
The Park’s planting scheme helps emphasize the radial pattern of the concept, with low maintenance and native species. Planted ‘bioswales’ help collect and store rainwater runoff.