Last month Cornwall’s new low level bridge opened, and the assumption is that the old bridge will eventually be torn down. However some people are brainstorming and imagining other possibilities. Paul St-Onge shared the following on the Mocktails Facebook page:“Anyone interested in supporting the conversion of a section of our ‘landmark bridge’ into a restaurant, casino or tourist attraction? The demolition of the bridge has NOT been finalized which may allow for the ‘out of the box’ idea of developing rather then destroying a part of our identification. This is the proposal…installation of elevators and stairs to bridge hump and enclosing the metal structure overlooking Cornwall. All remaining bridge would be removed as planned. Please share if you think this idea is worthy of consideration.” — with Caroline Guay.
Cornwall’s old bridge has historical importance and it is a beautiful landmark in our community. Before the old Cornwall bridge is torn down, other options, perhaps better options should be considered. Can it be utilized in a creative and exciting way to better our community? If social media is any indication, the answer is yes!
A quick Google search showed that some old bridges in the United States are being transformed into elevated parks, creating unique beautiful green civic space in various communities for all the public to enjoy. Read more about that here.
A revitalized bridge used as an elevated park could be beneficial to tourism and waterfront development. In the UK they are building a garden bridge from scratch. Read more about that here. We already have the infrasturure in place. With vision, creativity, and a smart investment, we could turn our historic landmark bridge into something truly special at a fraction of the cost.
It might not be easy to bring all the shareholders to the table (The Seaway International Bridge Corporation, Ltd., The City of Cornwall Ontario, and Akwesasne), and come to an agreement. However a diligent effort should be made to come together, and to consult the public, and to consider a better option.
What do you think should be done with the old bridge in Cornwall? Should it be torn down or revitalized? Your opinions are welcome. Please comment below.
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