3 Minute Brock Trail Update

The Brock Trail is a beautiful linear park, City owned and maintained for all our citizens. It is available and accessible to all - FREE.

Our Brock Trail Committee is an Ad-Hoc Citizens committee. We've been together 6+ years now and we all have a personal interest in the Trail and the opportunities it presents for our community.

Since we began we have managed to:

  1. Extend the Trail from St. Lawrence Park to Church and Cedar St. Cost $160,000

  2. Replace and extend the Trail from Henry St. (Museum) to St. Paul St. Includes the new Tom Daily Bridge. Cost $325,000

  3. Rebuild an existing section of the Trail from Perth to William St. Includes the new Russ Chartier Bridge. Cost $310,000

  4. Complete the 401 By-pass which is a new section of the Trail utilizing City sidewalks. It runs from Westminster School on Central Ave. north on Ormond St. and then west on Parkedale to St. Lawrence College. Cost $310,000

  5. Extend the Trail north of Laurier Blvd. to Centennial Rd and the Cataraqui Conservation Area with a side Trail to Aspen Crescent and the Bridlewood subdivision. Cost $550,000

Grand Total to date: $1,655,000, of which approximately $520,000 has come from the City's capital budget and approximately $1,135,000 from grants, donations, and in-kind.

Looking forward we have several projects on the horizon:

  1. The North Gorge extension will be a new section of Trail from the Railway Tunnel north portal to Front Ave.

  2. Reconstruct the Trail from Perth St west to Brock St. (under CN Rail)

  3. Reconstruct the Trail from Stewart and Front north to Central Ave. at Westminster School.

The above projects will result in new/renovated Trail segments that are AODA compliant (fully accessible), and will include landscaping, benches, garbage cans, signage, trailheads, and pedestrian crossings (where needed).

Also on our "to do" list is a project to "Light the Trail": the installation of solar lighting along the Trail network where feasible and cost effective.

We have a website and Facebook presence, and a descriptive digital map on the City's website.

Our funding has been wide and varied. 2015 was the first year in a 10 year capital plan for the City of Brockville with dollars allocated to us on a 2 : 1 basis. For every $2 we raise, the City will contribute $1 up to a pre-determined maximum.

A list of our key supporters includes:

  • The City of Brockville

  • Both Federal and Provincial governments

  • Brockville & Area Community Foundation and the Tom Daily Fund

  • The Carolyn Sifton Foundation

  • The Brockville Kinsmen Club

  • The 1,000 Islands Community Development Corporation

  • Enbridge Gas

  • Shell Canada

  • Brockville Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee

  • Brockville Cycling Advisory Committee

  • Lafarge (Brockville site)

  • L.A. Knapp Construction

  • Riverview Design Solutions - Joe and Jamie McFarlene