Children are instantly transported to a fantasy world upon entering Jeremy “Boo” Rochman Memorial Park, also called “Castle Park.” Adults are mesmerized by the life-size art of varying mediums. Locals know it's a must-visit place for out-of-town guests.
The idea for the park came about after Jeremy died on Aug. 22, 1993, at the age of 19, in a car crash. The Tolkien-themed park is modeled after a role playing game Jeremy enjoyed, and opened to the public in 2005.
Jeremy Rochman’s father, Barrett Rochman, hired sculptors, carvers, painters as well as SIU art students to help create the fantasy park including stairs and parapets which are defensive walls.
The park is at 31 Homewood Drive in Carbondale.