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Paterson's National Park Getting Its First Ranger

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Photo taken from Ilyse Goldman's Facebook page
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PATERSON, NJ – The Great Falls’ first park ranger starts work on Monday.

The National Park Service has picked Ilyse Goldman, who currently oversees youth programs at the national park at Governor’s Island in New York Harbor, for the position, officials said.

Goldman, a resident of Fair Lawn, is a former middle school math and science teacher who has worked for the National Park Service for 14 years, said Darren Boch, the superintendent of the Great Falls National Historical Park.

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Boch made the announcement at Thursday’s meeting of the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park Advisory Commission, joking that Goldman’s hiring would double the staff at the park. Boch has been the park’s only employee since it was formally created last October.

“I think she’s going to be an absolute wonderful addition to the office,’’ said Boch.

It was not clear how soon Goldman would begin providing tours of the park. But at Thursday’s meeting, Boch unveiled three new initiatives designed to bolster the public’s use of the new national park. They are:

  • A program in conjunction with the Paterson Education Fund that will train city middle school teachers to use the national park as a classroom.
  • A July 25 event that will allow about 60 Paterson children to explore the river on rowboats. That program is being conducted with the help of the Bronx-based nonprofit group called Rocking The Boat.
  • An August “art in the park” event in which artists will use the foundation of the steam plant as the canvas for a 3-D chalk drawing.

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