Park maintenance staff completed some much-needed maintenance at the Normal Hill Cemetery by pruning and removing overgrown bushes, shrubs and trees. This maintenance was necessary because many of the plantings were over 50 years old, in poor condition, overgrown and were not being maintained properly.
This maintenance opened areas that were taken over by the mature plants, uncovering headstones and improving the irrigation system coverage.
"We uncovered many headstones that have probably not seen the light of day in 50+ years," Parks and Recreation Director Tim Barker said. "The crew did an excellent job with this project and we've heard from a few residents who like to walk along the paths that they feel much safer now that there is a clear line of sight after removing many of the overgrown plantings."
Read City Code related to planting, pruning and removal within the cemetery (Chapter 11, Article IV, Sec. 11-27).