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Mickleton Park | Hidden Acres Park | Other Parks

Democrat Road, Mickleton

Mickleton Park on Democrat Road - 2003 photograph
Mickleton Park on Democrat Road in 2003
Photograph by Janice Brown

According to the Gloucester County Times, July 21, 2001
EAST GREENWICH, TWP. -- Residents here joined Mayor Dalyn L. Curry to officially dedicate the townshp's only Tot-Lot Park on Democrat Road to Mickleton Friday night.

The park's dedication ceremony was held to honor Laura Getsinger, a long-time educator in the township school district who passed away.

The park was also built in her honor. "Laura was a special person who dedicated most of her life to the education of children," Curry said. "She also held a strong interest of the township's history and cared for seniors in the township in her latter years."

The park, now named Mickleton Park, was chosen from hundreds of entries from local schoolchildren. The ceremony was followed by an outdoor concert by the group, The Silvertones.

According to the East Greenwich Update [Town Bulletin]
dated October 2001

On June 23, Parks and Recreation dedicated the new park on Democrat Road, naming it "Mickleton Park," a name selected by the Township Committee from suggestions submitted by students at the East Greenwich Elementary School. The winning entry was proposed by Alex Velazquez, who won a $200 savings bond. The seond place winner was Alicia Andrescage and the third-place winner was Michael Gallagher, who both won $100 savings bonds. The township thanks all students who send in their suggestions.

The park was dedicated to Laura Getsinger, a long-time community resident and teacher in the township.

About Laura Getsinger
Thanks to the generosity of George Popp, East Greenwich Township Committee member for proving the following information:
Laura Bundens Getsinger was born on January 3, 1912 to Warner D. and Laura Bundens in Jefferson, N.J. She lived in Gloucester County all her life and was a teacher in the East Greenwich Township schools. Her father, Warner, was the first police chief in East Greenwich, and lived in Clarksboro on Cohawkin Road where he and his wife, Laura raised a family of four children, including Laura (her mother's namesake) for whom Mickleton Park was dedicated. Laura wrote several books about her memories of Gloucester County including "Laura's Memories," "I Remember..," and "The Memories Linger On."

View of Hidden Acres Park

Hidden Acres Park, a park of 50 acres off Jessup Mill Road has a stream, ball fields and picnic and barbecue facilities. History: In 1958 money had been set aside in the will of Frank H. Stewart for the establishment of park, recreation grounds and bird sanctuaries. In 1961 the township committee purchased land from Joseph DiSimone and William Brickner. In May 1962 then Mayor Raymond Thompson appointed a park committee consisting of Chairman Mrs. Barbara Bramell, Carlton Carter, Ralph Dyson, Norman Eastlack, Mrs. Joan Frampton and Mrs. Grace Jacobson. Other organizations cooperating in the preparation of the park grounds included: Mickleton Grange, Explorer Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H Boys and Indian Guides. Trails were blazed, campfires cleared and a gravel road into the park was constructed. Multiflora rose bushes, spruce and pine trees, a stone campfire ring, a foot bridge across the stream, picnic tables, benches and a comfort station were added. The entrance was graced with 96 flowering trees and shrubs. The Park was dedicated by then mayor Raymond Thompson on July 5, 1964.

Hidden Acres Park: This 50-acre park is located off Jessup Mill Road has a stream, foot ball and baseball fields and picnic and barbecue facilities.

Thompson Family Park: This new 60-acre park located at 40 East Wolfert Station Road, Mickleton features soccer and lacrosse fields, walking trails, playgrounds, tennis courts and picnic areas.

See the East Greenwich Township web site, Parks & Recreation Department.

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