Parks and Recreation Department subcommittee approves cemetery plan

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by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist CHRIS SHADROCK

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Posted on February 10, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 10 at 11:41 PM

AUSTIN – Better protection and preservation of the City of Austin’s five cemeteries was the goal of a unanimous vote by a subcommittee of the Austin Parks and Recreation Board at City Hall Monday night.

The Cemetery Master Plan has been in the works for at least a year, according to Austin city planner Kim McKnight, who made a presentation to the PARD subcommittee Monday night.

The City of Austin owns five cemeteries: Oakwood Cemetery, the Oakwood Cemetery Annex, Evergreen/Highland Cemetery, Austin Memorial Park and Plummers Cemetery. However, in 175 years, the city has never had a master plan for short- and long-term goals for its cemeteries including funding, protection, preservation, conservation, landscaping and more issues.

There’s a proposal to pay a consulting firm $130,000.00 to come up with the city’s Cemetery Master Plan.

The subcommittee's vote Monday paves the way for PARD to vote on the issue, which is expected to happen Feb. 25.

The item is then expected to go to the Austin City Council for approval on Feb. 27.

 

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