October 9, 2019
The Michigan Central Railroad Bridge is located in St. Thomas, Ontario. It travels over Kettle Creek and used to carry around 50 trains per day. The last train travelled across the bridge in 1996 and it sat unused for 17 years.
In 2013, a community development organization, On Track, purchased the property from a local land developer. It was acquired with the intention of turning the space into Canada’s first elevated park.
Over the past six years, the bridge has been completely transformed with the addition of art installations, gardens and walking platforms. During Doors Open in 2019, it finally opened to the public from end to end.
On a beautiful fall afternoon, I travelled to the bridge to see the park for myself. I was completely amazed by all the work that had been done. The weather vane art installation was definitely my favourite piece on the bridge. I walked along the entire bridge and took in the incredible views of the valley down below.
I look forward to seeing this project continue to transform the bridge. It will be a wonderful place for people to enjoy for years to come.