America now has 397 National Parks with the dedication of New Jersey’s Paterson Great Falls today. Great Falls is part of a 35-acre park and is home to the second-largest waterfall in the East, after Niagara Falls.
“We are glad that the National Park Service is taking over the Great Falls State Park because it will prevent Governor Christie from privatizing it,” New Jersey Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel said in a release.
“The Christie plan to privatize parks puts all area parks at risk; at least this one park can now be safe. We could have seen golden arches over the Great Falls or the statue of Alexander Hamilton replaced with Ronald McDonald.”
Hamilton chose the Great Falls site for his “national manufactory” idea — the nation’s first planned industrial city.