New push to keep visitors out of the water at Corbett's Glen Nature Park

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Brighton, N.Y. – Visitors at Corbett’s Glen Nature Park in Brighton can expect to see some additions the next time they go: Signs asking people to stay out of Allen Creek.

The town says it’s always been against the law to go into the water. Now, however, there’s more emphasis on enforcing this rule, and it has to do with protecting the park from erosion.

“Frankly, it’s been loved to death,” explained Brighton Town Supervisor Bill Moehle. “People are clamoring over the banks, into the water, causing a lot of erosion, and we want to preserve the character of the park. We want to protect the environment.”

Moehle says there is an added safety factor. The rocks in the water can be slippery, and there are no lifeguards on duty.

Signs have been erected at the park entrance, as well as deeper within.

“We wanted to share some education,” said Moehle. “We’ve used the phrase, ‘Vegetation grows by the inch, but it’s trampled by the foot.’ It’s catchy, maybe people will chuckle a little bit, but it will make them think about the impact. We want people to come, we want people to use the trails, we just don’t want them to climb down the bank into the water and cause damage.”

Moehle says neighbors of the park were the first ones to alert the town about issues by the creek.

Park-goers whom 13WHAM spoke with Thursday had mixed opinions about the new emphasis of keeping people out of the water.

"I think it’s kind of sad,” said Brianna Hildreth. “I used to walk in the water with my family and with my dog, and I think maybe there should be a sign that says, ‘Go in the water at your own risk,’ but I don’t think they should completely take that away from people.”

Morgan McManus says she can understand concerns about safety.

“I can see how it would be a safety issue,” she said, “with people slipping in the rocks or falling in it.”

She added, “The water’s not really that deep where drowning would be an issue, but you never know with little kids.”

“I think the main waterfall is really slippery, really dangerous,” said Hildreth. “I’ve been on it, myself. But, again, I think it should be at people’s own risk.”

Moehle says there will be park personnel and police keeping an eye out for people going into the water. While violators could be ticketed, he wants people to know the key goals of this effort are to keep park visitors safe – and the park intact.

“We made the decision, really, as good stewards of this beautiful park,” he said. “It connects Allen’s Creek, runs through Brighton, it runs through Penfield. It’s an area people really care about and so we want to make sure that people can enjoy it for generations to come in its present condition.

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