Jersey St., Crescent Ave., Layton Ave., Beechwood Ave.
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This playground honors Staten Island native William T. Davis (1862-1945), a local historian, an amateur scientist, and an early advocate of the Staten Island Park System. Born in New Brighton, Staten Island, Davis lived in the borough his entire life. He was employed by the New York Produce Exchange for nearly thirty years.
Throughout his life, Davis was very curious about the world around him. He was particularly interested in local history and natural sciences. Although Davis received little formal education in the sciences, he developed a wide range of knowledge through observation, experience, and the guidance of such distinguished naturalists as Nathaniel Lord Britton (1859-1934), first director of the New York Botanical Gardens, and Charles Leng (1859-1941). In 1881, while still working for the New York Produce Exchange, he helped to found the Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences, and became its first curator.
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