Fencing will be erected this week as construction begins on a $3.5 million enhancement project at Woodland Cemetery. The scope of work includes relocating existing walkways and service drives and adding lighting and cameras to improve accessibility and security in and around the area.
During the construction period, access to the cemetery will be limited in order to keep the construction environment safe. The University is working with the contractor to develop some days of access during the project for visitation and University officials have been in direct contact with family members of those interred at the cemetery.
Individuals seeking access to visit a grave between February and the anticipated conclusion of construction in July should email email@example.com to schedule a time and to ensure safe access to the gravesite.
As construction is ongoing, the project’s core tenets will be displayed on signage near the cemetery:
- Existing burials in Woodland Cemetery will not be disturbed;
- We will honor and respect all graves through an appropriate preservation plan; and
- All burials must be consistent with the Guiding Principles, including archeological oversight and utilizing appropriate methods.
Special care has been taken to instruct the contractor and all subcontractors of the importance of this project and to emphasize respect for the sacred space as they conduct their work.