As the City of Whitehorse continues to expand Gray Mountain Cemetery, officials are asking the public for comment on the plans.
An investigation has been launched into the potential expansion that would provide more options to honor deceased loved ones. Residents have until March 4 to complete the survey available on the city’s website.
The proposed expansion is from the 2008 cemetery master plan with a two-part process to be added to the cemetery. Part A has already been completed with this part – Part B – to add up to 500 additional plots over two hectares to the existing 3,100 plots as well as other options like a cremation scatter garden that could accommodate more.
As Arbor Webster, the city’s community development and parks program coordinator, explained in an interview on February 15, three areas could be integrated.
They would include more space for neo-traditional features of cemeteries (such as traditional burials in a more natural setting) and park-like amenities; a wooded section that could accommodate more low impact options; and a staging area for visitors to schedule ceremonies and the like.
Input from the survey will help determine how the zones are designed.
“We are just getting started,” she said. “(The survey) will help guide our process. “
The survey asks residents for their thoughts on a variety of options for the cemetery, from the scattered garden to more traditional burials and potential monument styles for loved ones.
As a result of the investigation, the results will be reviewed and design work will begin. It should take a few months, Webster said.
Another opportunity for input will follow after potential designs have been drafted with cemetery work that will take place over a few years.
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