Marc And Jason's Playground
Marc and Jason’s Playground
Once called Lefferts Playground, this parkland was named in 1997 for Marc Cleif Britou Jr. (1982-1996) and Jason Francis Moore (1982-1996), a year after a tragic accident claimed both of their lives. Both boys were bright, hard-working and enthusiastic students who graduated from JHS 61 in June 1996.
Jason Moore was born on February 13, 1982 in Rose Hall, the parish of St. Catherine in Jamaica, West Indies, and immigrated to America with his family in 1991. He showed talent as an artist and an athlete and aspired to become a civil engineer. He planned to attend Westinghouse High School. Marc Britou was born on December 26, 1982 in Brooklyn and was raised in Crown Heights. Marc intended to continue his education at Boys and Girls High School. On June 22, 1996, while on a science field trip, Marc died in an attempt to save his friend Jason from drowning in a swimming pool at a South Philadelphia hotel. Jason died shortly thereafter.
The playground where Marc and Jason often played basketball and enjoyed the company of their friends was renovated in 1996-97 under a $585,000 capital project. The colorful Caribbean theme links the new features--swings, play equipment, benches, flagpole, drinking fountain, sprinkler system, tennis and basketball courts--through decorative elements and motifs of ocean and marine life.
The playground has been jointly operated by Parks and the Department of Education since it first opened to the public on September 18, 1958, when Junior High School 61 was built.