Graniteville Swamp Park

Graniteville Swamp Park on Staten Island

Posted by Anthony Licciardello on Sunday, April 29th, 2012 at 10:08am.

On July 7, 1997, roughly nine acres of land in the neighborhood of Graniteville were assigned to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. This area of land is within the site known as Graniteville Swamp, which is five graniteville_park_swamptimes the size of the acreage assigned to the Parks Department.  On June 1, 2000, another addition was made to what is now known as Graniteville Swamp Park.  This little sliver of land, in addition to the original portion obtained by the Parks Department, account for close to nothing when they are compared to the size of the swamp.

Graniteville Swamp was originally surrounded by Forest Avenue to the north and west, South Avenue to the east, and Goethals Road North to the south. Morrow Street, which juts out of Forest Avenue into the swamp’s vicinity, was not much of a boundary at the time, as the street consisted mostly of small houses.  At the turn of the century, however, the United Artists Stadium 16 movie theater opened between Forest Avenue and Morrow Street, making Morrow Street a northern boundary of the swamp.  Today, the area of land under the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation is just below Morrow Street.  To the right of the imaginary line which extends from the east of the movie theater down to Goethals Road North, there is a public storage facility.  Aside from these two sections, the area within the stated streets it encompassed mostly by Graniteville Swamp.

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