Another side trip that we took, as a result of our recent visit to Marion, Illinois, was to see the Jeremy Rochman Memorial Park in Carbondale. This park is a father’s touching tribute to his son, killed in an automobile accident in 1993, at the young age of 19 years. Jeremy “Boo” Rochman was a great fan of ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ and his love of this game was the inspiration for the park’s theme.
Everywhere you look, there are sculpted figures based on the characters in the game.
There’s an awesome castle for kids to explore, with all kinds of creatures lurking inside and outside the walls.
If you look carefully, you may see a fairy or a winged horse.
AND HERE BE DRAGONS!!
I managed to squeeze through a narrow opening in the castle to watch as this skillful artist added some colorful figures to one of the walls.
And while you’re walking around the park, don’t forget to look up in the trees. You never know what could be watching you from up above.
This private park at 31 Homewood Drive in Carbondale is open to the public from 9am to dusk. Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted.
If you are ever in the Carbondale area of Illinois and you have some time to spare, I strongly urge you to pay a visit to this park. I get very emotional about memorials such as this and couldn’t help shedding a few tears, thinking about this young man, cut down in his prime, who might possibly have been looking down with a smile at all the young children (and adults) who were there enjoying this delightful fantasy world.