America's New National Park

The Paterson Great Falls is the most historic place that virtually no one in America has ever heard of, let alone visited. Soon that will change. On November 7, 2011, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar dedicated America's newest national park. It will be a National Park like no other. Learn more.

Building for the Future

To celebrate Paterson's past, we look to the future. The Paterson National Park will be a vital contributing part of the community. The National Park will provide a vehicle for economic progress and a source of local pride, and the Park will help transform the image of Paterson for living and investment. Learn more.

 

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Mill Mile Audio Tour App Launched

Mill Mile BrochureThe Hamilton Partnership released the Mill Mile audio tour smartphone app, the latest dimension of our gritty city self-guided walking tour of the Paterson Great Falls National Park.

Watch our video to learn more.

Why is one of America's newest national parks at the Great Falls in Paterson, New Jersey? Mill Mile answers that question, featuring messages from NBC's Brian Williams, NFL star and Paterson son Victor Cruz, MacArthur Prize-winning novelist Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Ron Chernow, Broadway composer Lin Manuel-Miranda, and a diverse mix of other friends of Paterson.

Mill Mile is available for free download on iTunes and Google Play. 

Or you can follow the self-guided Mill Mile brochure, available for download here or at www.MillMile.org

 

 

Hinchliffe Stadium: National Historic Landmark and Proposed Addition to National Park

Hinchliffe Stadium

This summer, the entire New Jersey congressional delegation introduced legislation to add Paterson's Hinchliffe Stadium to the Paterson National Park. Recently named one of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Hinchliffe is now a National Historic Landmark. 

Click here for testimony delivered to the National Historic Landmark committee by Leonard Coleman--former president of the National League in Major League Basebal and friend of the late Larry Doby

Located on a bluff above the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, the 10,000-seat, poured-concrete Art Deco stadium was the home field for  the New York Black Yankees for more than a decade.

Another Negro League team, the New York Cubans, also made Hinchliffe their home field for some years. The Negro League's brightest stars--including Hall of Famer Larry Doby, who became the first African American to sign with the American League--played on Hinchliffe's hallowed field. A beloved community landmark, Hinchliffe also played host to automobile and motorcycle racing, pro football games, and boxing matches attended by celebrities from Babe Ruth to Joe Louis and Lou Costello. 

Currently owned by the Paterson Public Schools, Hinchliffe has been closed since 1997 and is dangerously deteriorated. Now a movement is growing to restore the stadium for sports and other events.

Legendary baseball star  Cal Ripken, Jr., one of the stadium's many  supporters, said, "Hinchliffe deserves the opportunity to be restored into a place where tomorrow's youth will be able to walk in the footsteps of yesterday's legends and experience history first hand."

Once restored, we will honor at Hinchliffe the resiliency and unparalled athletic achievement by Americans of color and immigrants. We will celebrate the demise of segregation in baseball and the growth of a national pastime inclusive of African Americans and Latinos.

A history of Hinchliffe Stadium and the efforts being made to preserve and save it are discussed in this New York Times article, More Is at Stake Than Saving an Old Stadium in Paterson.

Click here for more details on Hinchliffe Stadium.