More on how the Sandra L. Frankel Nature Park came to be

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The Brickyard Trail in the Sandra L. Frankel Nature Park 6/29/16

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Sandra Frankel 6/29/16 from Ghosts MIGHT walk the beautiful Brickyard Trail in Brighton.

As we reported, Wednesday June 29th was a special day in Brighton. A large crowd gathered for the Ribbon Cutting and Dedication of the Sandra L. Frankel Nature Park and its Brickyard Trail.


from the June 29th Dedication program see The ground breaking of the Brickyard Trail in Brighton and “Memories of the Crab Apple battles”

At the event, someone mentioned that planning for the Park had actually begun in the late 1980s (that I did not know).

For some more history, Sandy filled me in on the Barge Canal Five and the subsequent process by which the park came to be.

A group called the Barge Canal Five began advocating for open space preservation in the late 80s and as a result of their efforts, Supervisor Don Connors and the town board put a referendum on the ballot to purchase the Farash parcel as well as another parcel on Westfall Road. The referendum failed; people thought that the purchase price was too high.

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Sandra’s friends came from all over for the Dedication. Rudolph Harris and Theresa Bowick were there on behalf of Conkey Cruisers. from Ghosts MIGHT walk the beautiful Brickyard Trail in Brighton.

As she has always embraced and advocated for preservation of the limited open space left in Brighton, Sandy never gave up on the project.

When Sandra and her running mates were elected to town government in 1992 (she would serve until 2012), the town partnered with the community to create a new plan, working closely with local conservationists to ensure the park would be environmentally sensitive. And today we see the fruits of their careful labor.

As Sandra emphasizes, the current town administration deserves much credit for the design and construction of the park we now enjoy:

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Sandra Frankel with Brighton Town Supervisor William Moehle before Sandy’s remarks. Channel 13 covered the event.

Bill Moehle who was our town attorney for 18 years and is now my successor, along with his town board, has continued that vision [first set forth by the Barge Canal Five] by putting the final piece of the our park plan into place with the development of the new park and trail.

Below is Sandra Frankel’s speech:

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Ghosts MIGHT walk the beautiful Brickyard Trail in Brighton.

The ground breaking of the Brickyard Trail in Brighton and “Memories of the Crab Apple battles”


Iconic America at the Brighton Little League Parade

Casper scores the winning run at The Corners

Visiting a Talker haunt: the Brickyard Trail with Leslie Frances and Audrey

Do the troubled spirits of John and Irene walk the Brickyard Trail? Probably not. At the Brighton Library, Matt Bashore unveils the twists and turns of the crime and punishment

In search of Shirley Jackson and finding the Brighton High School Alumni author display case

Wildcats strike out our undermanned Barons

The Old Guard and New Blood at the Meadowbrook Garage Sale

What is a Meadowbrook Parade without the First U.S. Girl On The Moon?

In grand fashion, Brighton celebrates its volleyball champions and the first Boys state team sports title in school history

Celebrating diversity on the Fourth of July at Meridian Centre Park in Brighton

On a “Black Lives Matter” sign in Brighton

Brighton fans celebrate hometown hero Ernie Clement in victory

On a stainless steel American Bald Eagle in Buckland Park and endorsing Sandra Frankel

At the Brighton Town Hall 1957 mural with Sandra Frankel