A bill designating Paterson’s Great Falls as a national park was passed by the U.S. House on Wednesday. It now goes to President Obama.
The bill overrules a 2006 decision by the National Parks Service, which did not recommend that status. It was introduced by Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. and Sen. Frank Lautenberg, both Paterson natives and Democrats. The state has sought national status for the 77-foot falls in Paterson, 15 miles west of Manhattan, for many years with the hope that doing so would help attract more visitors to the site. A national park designation would make the area eligible for millions of dollars in federal funds.