Jersey City Medical Center to Build Serenity Garden Honoring COVID-19 Heroes

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Jersey City Medical Center Rendering
Rendering showing the expansion underway at Jersey City Medical Center. Rendering courtesy of JCMC.

Jersey City Medical Center is slated to add new greenery to their property as a tribute to those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.


Plans are in the works to bring a “serenity garden” to the northeastern area of Jersey City Medical Center. The Grand Street campus, which opened in 2004, envisions the project as a way of “honoring our healthcare heroes and partners in the community” while remembering “the spirit and memories of all of those impacted by COVID-19.”

The garden was drawn up by Dewberry Engineers and is slated for the Jersey Avenue side of the property just off the intersection with Grand Street. It is set to feature several lawn areas, a stone water feature, and a wide variety of plantings.

Serenity Garden Jersey City Covid Memorial
Landscape rendering of the serenity garden. Image courtesy of Dewberry Engineers.

Several items throughout the garden will honor the lives of loved ones who are no longer with us and those interested can donate to sponsor a brick, bench, or other tribute in the space.

Jersey City Medical Center has several initiatives underway to improve the property, the most major of which is a currently under construction expansion that will add a 60,000-square foot new emergency room, a state-of-the-art emergency department, surgery suites, and increased rooms for inpatient services. The facility is also set to undergo an approved floodproofing project to better protect the facility from future storms.

While no groundbreaking date for the serenity garden has been announced just yet, Jersey City’s planning board is slated to hear the medical center’s application for the greenery during their February 15 meeting.

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