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Soriano celebrates the opening of “Grafton Park”

PARSIPPANY — The Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills has completed the walking trails in Grafton Park. Grafton Park is located in the Sedgefield section of the township.

Sedgefield Civic Association worked with the Township to create tranquil walking trails. When Hurricane Sandy made contact in 2012, many trees came down and the park could not be used for safety reasons.  There were downed trees and the paths were deemed unsafe. More trees needed to be taken down and cleared away. Former Mayor Jamie Barberio held a press conference in late 2017 promising the residents that the park would be rebuilt. Mayor Michael Soriano kept the promise to the residents and celebrated with a ribbon cutting of new park, on Saturday, August 18.  The park is the perfect place for a morning walk or an afternoon stroll.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Michael Soriano, Council President Paul Carifi, Jr., Councilman Michael dePierro, Councilwoman Loretta Gragnani, Former Council Vice President Robert Peluso, Former Mayor James Barberio, along with members of the Board of Directors of Sedgefield Civic Association and local residents joined in the celebration and cut the “Green Ribbon” at the entrance of Grafton Park.

Sedgefield Civic Association members walking on new paths in Grafton Park
Mayor Michael Soriano cuts the ribbon celebration the completion of a passive park at Grafton Park
Councilman Michael DePierro, Councilwoman Loretta Gragnani, Council President Michael dePierro and Mayor Michael Soriano
Local dignitaries, Board Members of Sedgefield Civic Association (past and present) and residents posing in from of Grafton Park
Mayor Michael Soriano cuts the ribbon celebration the completion of a passive park at Grafton Park
Mayor Michael Soriano tying the green ribbon around the Grafton Park sign
Past President George Kimmey, Past President Bob Roberti, Jyoti Bhatia, President Sedgefield Civic Association; Councilwoman Loretta Gragnani and Mayor Michael Soriano

In 1949, Justus Nienaber started to develop Sedgefield with a group of builders.  The name was taken from a charming and peaceful Carolina resort hotel, The Sedgefield Inn, which is surrounded by a development of gracious homes.

The name Sedgefield itself is derived from two Anglo-Saxon words:  secg (a sword), its popular meaning – any course, grass like herb, growing in damp places; and feld – a cleared piece of land.

Carrying on with the Anglo-Saxon Association, all the streets bear the names of English towns, villages or locations.  The three entry streets are Sherwood, Sedgefield and Dartford.  All streets between Sedgefield and Dartford are in alphabetical order.  All streets between Robinhood and Friar are of English origin but are not in alphabetical order.

Development in Sedgefield can be determined by the type of roads in the area.  The first section contained ranch or single story homes built on streets with no curbs.  The second section contained ranch, split-level and two-story colonials built on streets with concrete curbs.  The third and final section contained two-story colonials or split-level homes built on streets with Belgian block curbing and sidewalks.

Long time residents can remember when Littleton Road (US 202) was a two-lane tree-line road with very little traffic.  It passed Rusty’s Hardware Store, the old St. Christopher’s Church (which was housed in the Blue Swan Inn) and a goat farm that used to be in the area of the Littleton Road bridge over Route 80.  Alderney Dairy had a barn and pasture where Gatehall is now located.  Cows and deer used to wander into Sedgefield along Robinhood Road.  A few deer still visit us on occasion.

Back then, the Morris Plains Shopping Center had a Two Guys from Harrison store.  Sip and Sup was located at the intersection of Route 202 and Route 10 where one could enjoy food and dairy products in a leisurely manner and watch the few cars going through the intersection.  The area now covered with commercial buildings (Campus Drive, Sylvan Way and Dryden Way) contained dairy farms and was used by the Civic Association for picnics and fireworks.

In the 1970s, Sherwood Village (the section around Sherwood, Friar, Robinhood and Littlejohn Roads) was included as part of Sedgefield.  Crawford Road was the last area to be developed.

The last home in Sedgefield was erected in 1988, a two-story colonial manufactured in Pennsylvania.  This was the 295th home in Sedgefield.

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Frank L. Cahill
Frank L. Cahill
Publisher of Parsippany Focus since 1989 and Morris Focus since 2019, both covering a wide range of events. Mr. Cahill serves as the Executive Board Member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, President of Kiwanis Club of Tri-Town and Chairman of Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Board.
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