Parsippany Community Information

History

The area was first inhabited by the Lenapi Indians prior to the arrival of the Dutch and English. They called it Parseponong, meaning the place where the rivers run together. Colonial settlement started in the early part of the 18th century when agriculture and iron forges began to develop. Later, the farms and forges were very important to the Revolutionary soldiers who depended on this area for supplies. Revolutionary couriers used a route that is now called Beverwyck Road for easy passage between military headquarters in Morristown and West Point. Scattered throughout the Township are homes once belonging to key figures from this period.

Current Development

Much of the current development began with the establishment of summer communities, such as Mount Tabor where a tent colony was replaced with summer cottages. The advent of the automobile, paved roads, and suburban rail service opened this area to residents of New York and Newark. The local climate and lakes drew these residents to the Township. This population growth led to the incorporation of Parsippany-Troy Hills in 1928.

Amenities

Today, Parsippany is a model community with some of the finest municipal services possible. The city has its own water system, waste-treatment plant and one of the most effective recycling programs in the area. The city’s police department is one of three nationally accredited forces in New Jersey. In addition, the city is one of only 17 communities in the country to be awarded the Tree City USA honor for the past 20 years.

Recreation

Parsippany features 17 award-winning parks with 25 ballparks that provide plenty of opportunity for active recreation or for just enjoying the great outdoors. The city is also home to two golf courses, one of which is rated among the best in the state. A beautiful community center gives senior citizens a place to socialize and to participate in programs planned especially for them. The community theater provides first-rate musicals, comedies and dramas in a fun, intimate environment and at very affordable prices.

Area Transportation

Among its diverse attributes is the extensive transportation network. The Township maintains access to Route I-80, I-287, I-280, US 46 and US 202 as well as State Highways 10 and 53. Parsippany-Troy Hills is located merely 25 miles from Newark International Airport and is only 28 miles west of New York City.

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