Malinconico: $500,000 from feds boosts facade work at historic Hinchliffe Stadium

From Joe Malinconico at the Paterson Press on March 13, 2018:

Historic Hinchliffe Stadium is getting a $500,000 grant from the National Park Service for the renovation of the Great Depression-era ballpark’s exterior façade, officials announced this week.

The money is coming from the federal African American Civil Rights grant program, a nod to Hinchliffe’s status as one of a handful of stadiums still standing from the segregated Negro Baseball leagues of the 20th century.

“As one of the last Negro League facilities still in existence, Hinchliffe Stadium is an important part of Paterson’s and our nation’s past,” said Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. “This federal investment can help further rehabilitate the stadium to its former glory.”

In 2014, Pascrell convinced federal officials to expand the boundary of the national park at the Great Falls to include Hinchliffe, a move that stadium advocates hope will generate more money for its renovation.

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Originally published: March 14, 2018. Last Updated: March 14, 2018.