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.
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.
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:
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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