On April 12 2016 a presentation and motion was made to Brockville City Council asking to approve a two phase project to restore the tunnel and surrounding property for public use.
The highlights of the revised and approved motion before Council was as follows:
Brockville Railway Tunnel Project Authorization
- THAT Council approve the vision, plans and budget of the City of Brockville Railway Tunnel Committee for restoration of Canada’s First Railway Tunnel, development of the vacant railway properties adjacent to the Tunnel, and improvements to Armagh S. Price Park in order to create Brockville’s new Railway Tunnel Park;
- THAT this project be undertaken by the City in the following two phases:
Restoration of the Brockville Railway Tunnel and north gorge including masonry repairs, rock stabilization, drainage system, concrete travel surface, lighting, ventilation, safety and security features, slope stabilization, access ramp and landscaping features.
Development of the vacant former railway lands north of the intersection of Tunnel Avenue and Brock Street, including a tour bus and visitor parking area, a Roundhouse Visitors Centre community multi-purpose building with public restrooms, snack bar, and attractions ticket kiosk, and acquisition of one or more antique railway cars for tour train office and historical displays. THAT all elements of Phase II must come before Council for approval.
Full details of the motion are available at the City of Brockville meeting information site; https://brockville.civicweb.net/document/94653