Paterson Top Stories

National Historic Group Working on Fund-Raising Plan for Hinchliffe Stadium

95cfbbbe3bc04d2420fd_hinchliffe.jpg
95cfbbbe3bc04d2420fd_hinchliffe.jpg

 

PATERSON, NJ – A national non-profit group that helps protect and preserve historic sites has begun working on a strategy to raise funds for Hinchliffe Stadium.

The National Historic Trust for Historic Preservation has designated Hinchliffe, which is one of two stadiums still standing form the old Negro baseball leagues, one of its national treasurers.

Sign Up for E-News

Staff members from the group met at Paterson City Hall last week with members of the city government, the Paterson Public Schools and The Friends of Hinchliffe Stadium.

“I’m excited about it,’’ said Paterson Public Works Director Christopher Coke. “I actually feel it’s going to go somewhere. The big thing, I think, is that we’ve got everybody on the same page working together.’’

For now, the National Trust is focusing on the short-term goal of raising the last $300,000 needed to match a $500,000 state grant for stabilization of the deteriorated stadium, said Walter Gallas, one of the non-profit group’s representatives who attended the meeting on July 24. The group expects to have a proposed funding strategy in place ready for city and school district officials to consider next month.

Officials say vandalism, erosion and damage from squatters’ fires has left Hinchliffe in precarious shape and they say it needs repairs to keep it structurally sound.

Once that gets done, the Historic Trust will begin work on raising money needed to bring Hinchliffe back to life. “We agree the goal is to restore the stadium back to use,’’’ said Gallas.

"The National Trust for Historic Preservation has been a long-time supporter of the rehabilitation of Hinchliffe Stadium,’’ said Brian Lopinto of the Friends of Hinchliffe Stadiium. “This was evident when the Trust named Hinchliffe one of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

“For years, the Friends of Hinchliffe Stadium has contended that the stadium has national significance,’’ LoPinto added.  “When the highest authority on historic preservation names Hinchliffe Stadium a ‘National Treasure,’ it emphasizes precisely how important this historic ballpark is to African-American history."

The stadium is owned by the Paterson Public Schools, but education officials handed over part of the responsibility for Hinchcliffe’s restoration in a shared services agreement reached a couple years ago. But neither the city government nor the school district has the kind of money needed to restore the stadium.

Officials say it would cost between $10 million and $15 million in repairs for Hinchliffe to be used for public events again. Officials have talked about bigger plans – like including a skating rink or restaurant – at the site. There has been some talk of expanding the newly designated national park at the Great Falls to include Hinchliffe, but some officials are not sure that Paterson should relinquish control of such as an asset.

Hinchliffe opened 80 years ago, but has been shut down for the past 15 years.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Paterson

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_3f27a97645e7103f9868_flyer__courthouse_plaza_programs_2018-page-001

Tue, July 17, 11:00 AM

Paterson Courthouse Plaza, Paterson

Tuesdays in the Plaza

Wed, July 18, 10:00 AM

Cancer Center Resource Room, Belleville

Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease Support ...

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_7611ce284a8c86d65b64_37d34f9a-c5cd-4fb1-8bf8-b5b7319cb94e

Wed, July 18, 10:00 AM

Paterson Board of Education , Paterson

Teacher Job Fair

Education

Readers Says Let Developer Bring Paterson Back

July 13, 2018

Dear Editor: 

It is no secret that Paterson is in dire need of revitalizing, restructuring, rebuilding, and, quite frankly, rebranding. As a city, we have struggled to pay our municipal debt, to reduce crime substantially, to create sustainable employment opportunities for our youth and to provide assistance for our city’s most vulnerable residents. 

Today, we face an uphill ...

Pascrell, Renacci, Senators Celebrate House Approval of Congressional Gold Medal to Baseball Pioneer Larry Doby

July 11, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) and Jim Renacci (R-OH-16) hailed the passage in the House of Representatives of H.R. 1861, the Larry Doby Congressional Gold Medal Act. The legislation awards the Congressional Gold Medal to the late baseball star, Larry Doby, who broke the American League’s color barrier in 1947.

“A proud ...

Newark Lures Amazon With $1 Billion Payroll Tax Incentive

July 12, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Amazon will get a payroll tax break at a cost of $1 billion to the city should the company open its second headquarters here.

It’s one of two ordinances that were approved by the Newark City Council council to sweeten the deal for the corporate giant and stand out among other locations vying for Amazon’s so-called HQ2.

“The City Council has brought Newark a ...

Big Plans for Small Park in Newark’s North Ward

NEWARK, NJ- An under-utilized pocket park on Mt. Prospect Avenue in Newark’s North Ward has become a symbol of what can be accomplished in neighborhoods throughout the city through effective public-private partnerships. 

The park’s supporters have big plans for the public space, located directly across the street from the busy North Ward Center, located in an historic ...

I'm Sorry Mr. Jackson... I Am For Real

July 8, 2018

Hello again, Paterson. 

So much has changed since the last time I’ve written… as I’d hoped, Andre Sayegh is our new mayor and it seems an exciting new dawn is upon us. I think when any change comes, especially one as major as this, there is an opportunity for reflection as well as for hope. This election taught me quite a bit, seeing some of the best and worst sides of ...