Establish Visitor Experience Center at Paterson Great Falls Overlook
Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park (PAGR), with the park's Friends group, the Hamilton Partnership for Paterson, and the City of Paterson, are planning a new visitor experience and education center in Overlook Park across from the Great Falls. The proposed facility would be the first point of contact for the anticipated 300,000 plus visitors coming to the national park each year. It is planned as an approximately 10,000 square foot facility at the scenic falls overlook, connected to the existing footprint of the former 1915 steam generating plant. This new facility will consist primarily of open exhibit space with a visitor orientation area, a multipurpose room, gift shop, and other support space. Hosted teacher workshops, on-site school programs, social events and guest speakers will also reach additional individuals.
Currently, NPS is seeking public comment on the initial design plans. We expect that these design plans may change somewhat in response to public comment and consultation with the city and other organizations or individuals with a demonstrated interest in the project, in accordance with Section 106 and 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
To see the plans or to provide comments on the effects that the proposed project may have on the Great Fall of the Passaic/Society for Establishing Useful Manufactures (S.U.M.) National Historic Landmark District or Great Fall National Historical Park, please click on documents link to the left.
We look forward to hearing your ideas and concerns.