Expansion is going ahead on Fairview Cemetery to meet the needs of Lacombe city and county residents.
On Monday, Lacombe city council approved the Fairview Cemetery Expansion Master Plan, developed by LEES + Associates: Landscape Architects, based on projected service needs and a comprehensive community consultation process.
“The master plan design is projected to meet the interment and commemoration needs for city and county residents for 75 years,” said Mayor Steve Christie.
The expansion will add 10 acres to the cemetery, located at 4430 Woodland Dr., and will enhance the role of the cemetery as a local cultural asset and an important link to the city’s trail system.
The plan includes contemplative sites, trails and parkland; field of honour enhancements; incorporation of local history; and reduced maintenance.
Council also approved changes to allow additional urns to be placed in an occupied plot to allow more family members to be buried together in a family plot. Placement of one single or two double depth caskets in a single burial plot will also be allowed.
Phase 1 of the expansion will provide a 13-year supply of interment options. The project will be tendered in July 2015 with construction to start in September 2015. Phase 1 will allow for the nearby No. 4 Ball Diamond to be used until the end of August 2015, when it will be decommissioned and relocated to Michener Park.