With Spring in the air, more and more of us will be spending time in Brighton’s parks. Brighton has a park system that includes scenic trails, playing fields, shelters and fun for all! We have parks in all parts of Brighton, and our Parks Department staff works hard to keep them in great condition, particularly as we recover from the harsh winter weather.
This winter, the Parks Department renovated the kitchen and restrooms in the Carmen Clark Lodge at Town Park on Westfall Road, one of Brighton’s oldest parks. The project came in below budget, largely due to the work done by our own workers, and the renovations will make the lodge much more appealing to users. Coming up on April 25 at Town Park is the annual Kids Fishing Derby, which has become a family favorite event, thanks to help from many volunteers, including the Rochester Bassmasters, who welcome the opportunity to share their enthusiasm for fishing with the next generation.
West Brighton is home to the beautiful and undeveloped Stowell Nature Conservancy on East River Road, and Lynch Woods Park on Crittenden Road. It is also home to the Lehigh Valley Trail, running along a former rail line and connecting East River Road and the University of Rochester campus south to Jefferson Road and beyond.
Perhaps the most visible parks in Brighton are Buckland Park, on Westfall Road, and Meridian Centre Park, on South Winton Road. These parks have a full range of active recreation options, with playing fields, tennis and basketball courts, pavilions and trails.
The Meridian Centre Park trails connect with the Erie Canal Trail, and traverse woods and a small meadow with abundant wildlife. Also nearby is the 72 acres of undeveloped land between Elmwood Avenue and Westfall Road, which is soon to be the home of our newest trail, running through scenic land that was home to Brighton’s clay and brickmaking industry in the 19th Century.
Heading east in Brighton, Corbett’s Glen Nature Park is known as the jewel of the Brighton parks system. Stretching from Penfield Road to Glen Road, off Rt. 441, Corbett’s Glen offers trails through forever wild woodland terrain sculpted by glaciers, Allens Creek waterfalls and fishing holes that draw people from throughout the area. Corbett’s Glen was saved from development through the joint efforts of the Town and the Genesee Land Trust, and is also noted for significant local historic sites.
With so many parks, you can enjoy hours of leisure time right here in Brighton this summer. For more activity, check out the summer programs in the Recreation Department newsletter, and you can have a summer long vacation without leaving home!
Supervisor Bill Moehle
Town of Brighton