When it comes to selecting a final resting place for your loved one, trends are changing and the Normal Hill Cemetery is changing with it.
City staff and the Cemetery/Urban Forestry Commission have been hard at work to bring new and essential projects to the Normal Hill Cemetery.
“With local and national trends moving towards cremation as an alternative to the traditional burial or interment, we are putting plans together to meet the demands of our community,” Parks and Recreation Director Tim Barker said.
Some of these projects include the creation of a *columbarium and **scattering garden.
A program that will be used to capture plots that aren’t being utilized is in the development process. This will help expand inventory, giving patrons a wide variety of options.
“Other amenities like benches and picnic tables are things we would also like to see at the cemetery,” Barker said. “These amenities will help change the culture of the site; we want to create a park-like atmosphere.”
All of these projects will be paid for through Perpetual Care Funds and reorganization of the current budget. This means no new tax dollars will be collected for these projects.
Barker says these projects are currently in the design phase, but he hopes construction will begin in the fall.
*Columbarium: a room or building with niches for funeral urns to be stored.
**Scattering Garden: designated area where the family and friends of the deceased can scatter the cremains of their loved one.