Barry Williams went to Frazier Elementary in Brentwood. The school is no longer there, but some footpaths that students used to walk to the school remain. Williams still lives in Brentwood not far from where the school stood, and he’s on a mission to restore two of those paths for the walkers and runners of today.
The school has been replaced by houses in Brentwood’s Ward 1. As a result, two out of four original paths remain (one of those is in good condition and one needs maintenance), one was lost with no hope of being restored (between Parkridge Avenue and St. Clair Avenue), and one was lost which Williams hopes to see restored (between Parkridge Avenue in Ward 1 and West Swan Circle in Ward 4).
Williams met with the Brentwood Public Works Committee on Tuesday about restoring the short path between Parkridge Avenue in Ward 1 and West Swan Circle in Ward 4.
He told the committee a replacement is possible on a different alignment. A fence now runs along the property line. A break in the fence is used by walkers, though it’s a short hill with some wear. Williams talked to the committee about like restoring that path in accordance with ADA requirements. The committee approved the idea 4-0.
The path from what was Frazier’s playground to Southcote Drive remains in place. The western half is well-maintained by York Woods. The eastern half is supposed to be maintained by the Yorkshire Lane subdivision but is apparently being neglected. One section of the path is covered with silt and decaying leaves. Williams says the path isn’t safe to use in wet weather, and would like to see it better maintained. See a history of the ownership of this path.
See information on Frazier Elementary at the Brentwood Historical Society.