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 were used this summer to begin grading the property to improve the grounds to host Museum and community events. This Master Site Plan will provide the Museum with a long-term vision for their property, and blueprint to use for future implementation of site elements, as fundraising and resources permit.
“With the new pathways and parklands downtown, the construction of the police station and skateboard park, and now some new private sector developments, gradually we can envision a fresh look for the former railway lands,” commented Andrew Gunn, Trustee of the Dorothy Palmer Estate. “The ‘Railway Park’ next to the Elgin County Railway Museum is an important piece of the puzzle. The conceptual plans are inspiring. This effort ties in nicely with some of the past projects supported by the Palmer Estate, which have attempted to connect our past with our future.”
The Museum was open to the public free of charge during last week’s Iron Horse Festival, and the community had the opportunity to view the conceptual plan and drawings for the project. The ECRM will continue to display the drawings throughout the fall for public viewing.
Source: Elgin County Railway Museum