What should the trail behind Buckland Park in Brighton be named?

What should the trail behind Buckland Park in Brighton be named?

[9/7/21 Buckland Park. Third grade Brighton Bruin (middle) and two budding Bruins whose mother suggested the trail be named the Brighton Bruins Trail, adding that she is biased. Except where indicated photos by David Kramer]

Today, for the first time I cycled the entire trail behind Buckland Park that ends at South Winton Road. Town of Brighton Parks and Recreation Department staff members explained that the Town maintains the section on its property, while the Faith Temple maintains the stretch on its land. Actually, the staff suggested that Town residents vote on a name for this still unnamed grassy long path.

9/7/21 Town of Brighton staff member, also a Baron/Bruin, BHS ’14. He liked the suggestion of the Brighton Bruins Trail. See The inscribed brick pavers at Buckland Park in Brighton

One man frequently enjoys jogging and skiing on the trail. He mentioned that, especially in the spring, standing puddles form, but is glad the Town lays down wood chips to help drain the water. Brighton Town Supervisor William Moehle told him more improvements are forthcoming. The jogger/skier nominated the Amos B. Buckland Trail.

9/7/21 Vote for Amos B!

9/7/21 At this juncture next to an old bench, two signs are marked: Prayer Focus: MILITARY & FIRST RESPONDERS. See Why did the Faith Temple in Brighton give away free stuff?

One woman was taking nature photos, mostly of birds. At various times, she has spotted a falcon, a Great Blue Heron. a red tailed Hawk and an American Kestrel. She’s heard from others that horned owls live on the path.

9/7/21 David Kramer near the Winton Road entrance [Photo: passerby naturalist] See Why did the Faith Temple in Brighton give away free stuff?

The woman was not particularly keen on The Brighton Bruins Trail or The Amos. B. Buckland Path. She thinks the name should not be Brighton or Buckland specific, rather it should be nature related. She’s working on a final nomination.

To learn more I turned to Supervisor Moehle who weighs in on my naming proposal:

The trails you describe are separate. The trail that is a loop with connections to the existing loop trail around the improved portion of Buckland Park is a Town trail The other is a prayer trail built by Faith Church on land the Church owns.

(background) Brighton Town Supervisor William Moehle speaking at the 2021 Memorial Day Ceremony at the Veterans Memorial. (foreground) Buffalo Soldiers of the VFW Post 9251 Pennington-Moye who served as Color Guards for the occasion. See Memorial Day at Buckland and Highland Parks

I would have to talk to our Parks and Recreation and Community Services Committees before coming up with a naming plan for the Town trail. I have simply been calling it the Grass Trail because it is just mowed through the field for the most part.

So we will say Bill provisionally nominates The Grass Trail. I nominate The Leo Dodd Trail.¹

I returned at sunset to see if, like my naturalist friend, I too could spot rare birds. Lo and behold, I observed a tropical cockatoo never before seen in Brighton.

Sunset 9/7/21. With binoculars in hand and birding hat on head, I made a remarkable discovery.  I also met two dog walkers who nominated the Gonsenhauser Trail, see Abandoned farms in Brighton [Photo: dt]


After reviewing the nominations (see COMMENTS below) Brighton Town Historian Mary Jo Lanphear writes:

Leo Dodd spent a great deal of time over there, photographing and sketching, so I lean toward that name. He was responsible for the preservation of the house as well as the archaeological dig that took place there in 2006-2007. We have been hopeful that a nature trail could be named for him. If not, then Bobolink Trail for the birds that he documented in his work.

Mary Jo Lanphear with the Leo Dodd Heritage Preservation Award 2020, outside the Brighton Town Hall [Photo: David Kramer, 1/29/20] From Honoring Mary Jo Lanphear, Brighton Town Historian since 1986

That said, Max Gonsenhauser owned the land for many years yet his name is not associated with the property. Amos B. Buckland is commemorated in the name of the park and the house.


At the Veterans Memorial in the park, I noticed a very moving tribute to American soldiers who died overseas following the 9/11 attacks. The flag flies at half mast.


The inscribed brick pavers at Buckland Park in Brighton

On the trail behind Cobbs Hill Village

Site says Brighton is best place to live in New York

About The Author


Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


  1. LipitZ

    Baron Trail

  2. Ian Schaefer

    I agree with the proposal to name the trail after the great Brighton historian Leo Dodd!

  3. Matt dye

    Love walking that trail. It’s great in the winter too. I would call it the Raptor Trail after the hawks and owls that call it home. Tell the kids it’s named after the local velociraptors ?


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