The Brickyard Trail at the Sandra L. Frankel Nature Park
The Brighton "Brickyard Trail" was officially opened on June 29, 2016. The trail is part of the town's newest park, The Sandra L. Frankel Nature Park. The trail is a multiuse trail that provides a direct pedestrian and bicycle connection between Town Hall on Elmwood Avenue and Buckland Park on Westfall Road. It extends 0.8 miles through a publicly owned parcel of land that once served as the source of much of Brighton's raw clay - fueling the former manufacturing industry.
This landscape will serve as an important ecological greenspace in our community and will allow safe non-motorized passage between civic centers. The trail will be open year round and weaves through the northern woodlands before straightening out and navigating one of the largest urban wetlands in the Rochester region. The 0.8-mile shared-use trail is constructed on a 72-acre parcel, which was purchased by the Town in 2012. Part of the development/construction funding for this Trail was provided by a grant program with the State Assembly Ways and Means Committee supported through the office of Assembly Majority Leader Joseph D. Morelle. The Sandra L. Frankel Nature Park celebrates our coexistence with nature. By creating this peaceful oasis, it allows us to enjoy the beauty of our local landscape, while at the same time preserving and protecting the precious natural habitats of our wildlife. The Brickyard Trail is also a unique opportunity to celebrate and educate the community about Brighton’s history as a brickmaking center during the 19th and early 20th centuries.