The meditation garden takes root under the bridge water

From management Somerset press release –

August 11, 2021

Members of the 2020 Sumerset leadership team have joined community partners to celebrate the completion of a meditation garden on the Vogue Drive in the Bridge Hall in Richard Bridge Community Center. Somerset County Commissioner Paul Drake, Director of Somerset Link, cut the ribbon at the ceremony to officially open the garden, and completed the class community service project.

Commissioner Drake said: “Every year, Leadership Sumersets asks members of the class to complete a project that will bring them back to the community. A.D. Completion of a project by 2020 will be a major challenge for this segment, ”he said. “I admire the team’s commitment and perseverance until 2021 to create a meditation garden that understands the impact Kovy has had on our community and provides a place for people to sit, reflect and enjoy in the garden.

Somerset’s leadership team for 2020 described the project as “a place of remembrance, meditation and comfort for those affected, lost, inspired and forever affected by the COVID-19 epidemic.”

After exploring potential locations, it was selected as the site for the Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center, across from the Bridgewater Library. The garden is within walking distance of a neighboring non-profit youth organization. Both organizations share the joy and maintenance of the garden. Members of the public are welcome to visit and enjoy the mediation garden.

Beds and chairs surround the circular garden decorated with plants and flowerbeds to gather or create a quiet atmosphere for solitude. The garden is the result of the joint efforts of volunteers and donors. The 2021 Somerset County Vo-Tech Carpentry Unit was built and donated. Central Jersey’s nursery, ambulance gardens, and nursery and cafeteria trees provided plants and shrubs. Somerset County Park Commission and Somerset County Master Gardeners guided the project development and helped Summerville landscape architect Katherine Hughes design the garden. Millend Bernal, a member of the leadership team who was unable to complete the program due to her departure from the state, donated $ 1,000 to support the project.

Towards the beginning of the year, in the program, the 2020 segment gathered instead of being in person for their monthly meetings. In the midst of such a challenging year, the legacy of the Somerset class was part of the concept that inspired the meditation garden, the healing and the memorial.

The commitment of the regular program Completed by December 2020, the unit is stable and has seen its project to the end. Rita Donald, one of the project leaders, thanked her classmates for their commitment and hard work on many “Hot Sweat Saturday”. Finish the garden.

“It was a great opportunity for the community to get to know each other,” said Donald.

“This was a pandemic year,” said Jessica Dele, a classmate. It was difficult, but everyone was willing to complete the project. ” “It’s just gathered.”

Leadership Sumerset is a one-year community leadership program for adults living or working in Somerset County. Class members meet every month to explore Sumerset County through a variety of topics, and each class completes one or more group community service projects.

The 2022 applications will be accepted by the Somerset leadership team in October. For more information, contact Leadershipomerset@co.somerset.nj.us, Somerset Program Director Denise Katula, or visit the county website.


This press release was written by Somerset. The views expressed herein are those of the author.

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