SPRING GROVE CEMETERY
This rural cemetery, established in the 1880's, encompasses 34 acres -- most of which have been used for interments. Recommendations in Behnke's master plan focus on expanding capacity, reducing operating costs, and maintaining Victorian character. In older burial sections, existing roads will become foot paths to reduce pavement maintenance costs. With cremation becoming more common, columbaria and inground cremains sections are expanded. A Scatterings Memorial Garden is recommended, for those who want to place cremains in a setting without permanent monumentation.
The Phase I implementation included a restoration of the Civil War Memorial entry area, with Victorian plant beds utilizing local sandstone, reexcavating an abandoned pond, and adding columbaria.
Construction Cost: $1.8 Million (all phases)