On November 7, the Secretary of Interior signed an agreement with the city of Paterson that formally established the Paterson Great Falls National Park. In an uplifting ceremony at the Great Falls on a picture-perfect day, Paterson residents gathered to hear remarks by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, Senators Frank Lautenberg and Bob Menendez, Congressman Bill Pascrell, and Mayor Jeffrey Jones. The dedication also marked the beginning of the National Park Service’s intensive two-year planning process. Officials expressed gratitude to the congressional delegation and the Paterson community for the unwavering unity sustained throughout the years. That unity was perhaps most pronounced among the Paterson youth present at the ceremony, many of whom were members of the Great Falls Youth Corps, flanking the crowd with signs celebrating the Park’s establishment and thanking their congressional representatives. This was truly a day to celebrate Paterson’s historic past. We look forward to the work we have ahead of us as we create a national park for the 21st century, one that will help us improve the quality of life today and in the future.