Park status sought for Great Falls, N.J.

March 08, 2001|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

PATERSON, N.J. - Three New Jersey legislators have proposed the creation of a national park at Great Falls, Paterson's landmark and a major manufacturing center after the Revolutionary War.

The lawmakers - Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., Sen. Robert Torricelli and Sen. Jon Corzine - said federal park money could speed restoration of old factories that decades ago hummed with the production of silk fabrics, locomotives and Colt revolvers.

The Interior Department declared the Great Falls and about 118 acres around it a national historic landmark in 1976. During the 1990s, the federal government provided about $7 million for renovation of old factories and construction of pathways and bridges for visitors.

The legislators said they also envisioned restaurants, museums and other attractions.

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