Salt Lake City Cemetery Master Plan underway

Salt Lake City Cemetery Master Plan underway

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Introduction

Salt Lake City is creating a master plan to guide preservation and management of the Cemetery, expand access and enhance appropriate uses, and address future financial sustainability of the Cemetery.

Video interview with the Cemetery Sexton available here.

Why a Master Plan?

  • Burial rights are currently the Cemetery’s primary source of revenue. There are only 800 burial rights remaining, and it is estimated those will be sold within ten years.
  • Salt Lake City has a contractual obligation to provide burials for 24,000 pre-sold burial rights. At the current rate, pre-sold burial rights will require burial for approximately 100 years.
  • No additional property is availalbe for expansion at the current location.
  • Maintenance and operations costs have increased at a faster rate than revenue generated from burial rights.

For more detailed information, please visit the Cemetery website.

Interesting Facts About the Cemetery

It is the largest municipal cemetery in the country, with 130,000 burial sites, 150 acres of land and 9.5 miles of road.

The Cemetery was officially designated in 1851 and the Sexton Building was constructed in 1906.

As the largest park in the city, the Cemetery is frequented by a wide variety of wildlife, including moose, deer, fox and birds. The wildlife aren’t the only ones enjoying the Cemetery; many people in the community use the space for walking, running, biking or as a place of quiet contemplation. It is a figurative encyclopedia of Utah history.

Opportunities and Challenges

While the Cemetery is a beautiful, peaceful place, with amazing views of the city and proximity to biking and walking trails and abundant wildlife, it also contains aging infrastructure minimal parking and little or no room for expansion.

If you are interested in receiving updates about the master planning process, please send an email to pplplanning@slcgov.com.

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