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Jersey City to plant trees for its COVID victims

Jersey City is set to plant trees to honor its coronavirus victims.

Mayor Steven M. Fulop will join members of the Jersey City Council, Jersey City Parks Coalition, the Hackensack Riverkeeper, and the Skyway Park Conservancy tomorrow to announce the final transformation of a 35-year-old toxic Superfund site into over 12 acres of park space for Jersey City. 

The city is investing $10 million to create public access to the open green space located along the Hackensack River waterfront. Skyway Park is located under the Pulaski Skyway, bordered on the east by Routes 1& 9, at the foot of Sip Avenue.

The design includes a pedestrian bridge to connect various sections of the park, a pollinator garden framing views to the Hackensack River, a waterfront walkway, as well as a grove of over 500 trees. 

Each tree will represent a Jersey City resident who lost their life to the COVID-19 pandemic and were unable to receive the appropriate funeral services due to the safety protocols in place at the height of the contagion.

According to the JC COVID dashboard, the coronavirus has claimed 539 lives in the Hudson River city.

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