Jennifer's Playground

Jules Dr., Elson Ct., Regis Dr.

Staten Island

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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

Graniteville Park, acquired by Parks in 1971, is located in northwestern Staten Island, at Jules Drive, Elson Court, and Regis Drive. The neighborhood of Graniteville was the site of quarries operated from the 1840s to around 1896 to extract trap rock from the geological formation that includes the Palisades. On August 4, 1997, this playground was dedicated to Jennifer Schweiger (1974-1987), of Westerleigh, who was abducted and murdered on July 9, 1987 when she was twelve years old. The impetus to create a "Playground for All Children" came from Community Board One and the "Friends of Jennifer," a community group which developed from the search party organized to find Jennifer after she was kidnapped. A playground without barriers, it is a fitting tribute to Jennifer, who had Down’s Syndrome. Jennifer was a student at Public School 22 and loved to dance. She is greatly missed by her family, friends, and neighbors.

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