The next iteration is at Brighton Town Park on Saturday April 3rd at 9:30 a.m. For any additional info, contact Christine at [email protected] [See photos from the cleanup at end]
The park is well maintained, but nonetheless, especially in the wooded trail area, people negligently dumped their trash.
Actually, there is a history of cleaning and improving the park. In 1993, Carol Ritter reported on a beautifying project; in 1994 Paul Salmon built bat houses.
We’ve been to Brighton Town Park many times over the years: a coed-softball game, a youth football practice, a music academy outing, twice to the Kids Fishing Derby and on Election Day 2020.
Especially on the first warm and sunny day of spring, the park earns its reputation as one of the jewels of Brighton.
At lunchtime and in the afternoon, people flock to fish in the pond and walk and bike on the paved path, often stopping at the shelter or on benches and picnic tables.
On the path, the full range of humanity — like Chaucer’s pilgrims in The Canterbury Tales — are found: lovers hand in hand, parents chasing young children, retirees for whom time today doesn’t matter, congregants from the Islamic Center next door, wearing traditional garb and sometimes carrying rough hewn walking sticks, naturalists with jostling birding binoculars around their necks, stopping to identify every possible variety of wildflower and cattail. Speed bikers in spandex zip past me the slowpoke on their way to the Canal Path and beyond.
One ubiquitous type are the workers at the adjacent office parks and the UR medical center who drift out of their cubicles for a half hour’s respite. In the past, they might first stop by the gazebo to commune with their fellow exiled smokers, but now that furtive pleasure seems to be denied. CLOSED
I followed one man whose semi-distracted countenance and unrelaxed gait is all too common.
He and the others walk the path ostensibly to disengage bodies from screens and clear brains of digital clutter. But, all too often, you see them struggling to keep their devices, heavy in their hands, at bay. Trying to be zen if only before the hour is up. Usually fretting prevails: the tick tock in their minds ever a reminder that they must soon turn back.
As this is Rochester, the landscape of Brighton Town Park can change in a moment. The Saturday forecast is for ample sun.
UPDATE: 4/3/21 The cleanup was a great success.SEE