PATERSON, NJ - In celebration of Global Youth Service Day 2012, New Jersey Community Development Corporation (NJCDC) and its Paterson Community Schools Corps (AmeriCorps) Program, hosted a “Facelift for Hinchliffe” neighborhood revitalization project today. 

More than 100 volunteers spent four hours painting the exterior of the historic stadium as an initial step in improving its appearance.  Next Saturday, the city’s Clean Communities Program will continue the work.

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Hinchliffe, which has been shut down since the 1990s, needs millions of dollars of repairs. It holds historical significance as one of several ballparks still standing where old Negro League games were played.

Several years ago, city voters approved a non-binding referendum giving their support for officials to borrow up to $15 million for Hinchliffe, Bauerle Field and The Paterson Armory. Last year, the city borrowed about $2.2 million of that money, but most of that money was used to renovate the turf at Bauerle.

Although officials have held meetings and produced lists of possible amenities that would be featured at Hinchliffe once it's renovated, there's been little in terms of substantive progress on the project.

In addition to the work done at Hinchliffe, members of the Paterson Youth Council cleaned a parcel of land at Jersey and Grand Streets in the historic district, and erected a sign reminding motorists that Paterson is now home to our nation’s newest national park.

Bob Guarasci, NJCDC’s CEO, lauded participants for “taking part in a fun and meaningful day to change the faces of schools, streets, parks, and neighborhoods of Paterson.”

NJCDC’s partners for today’s project included Paterson’s DPW Department, The Home Depot, the National Park Service, the Passaic Valley Sewage Commission, and the Paterson Public Schools.