There is a substantial amount of unused acreage in the Cemetery that is not currently available for burial purposes due to improper fill and drainage problems. The current lack of usable ground for burials has caused the Cemetery Board to temporarily suspend the sale of graves in the Cemetery. This has severely impacted the Cemetery’s ability to generate funds for its operations (outside of the operating subsidy provided by the City and County). Resolution of drainage and fill problems is necessary for the redevelopment of existing unused acreage for burials and other improvements and is essential for the Cemetery’s viability and long term sustainability.
Due to limited visible vehicular and pedestrian access, the Cemetery remains somewhat inaccessible to many local residents. Greater public appreciation of the Cemetery’ natural beauty and historic significance is vital to its long term sustainability as a valuable historic and cultural asset to the Covington community. In addition, the Cemetery is the largest green space within Covington’s urban core, necessitating its use for passive recreational activities consistent with the sacred and solemn character of this site.
Significant investment will be required to provide solutions for these particular challenges. The Cemetery Board and its represented stakeholders are committed to addressing and resolving these fundamental issues through the following improvements identified as priorities in the Master Plan development process.
Development of a Veterans’ Memorial Plaza – The Master Plan design concepts approved by the Cemetery Board detail the development of a Veterans’ Memorial Plaza in the parade ground/assembly area in front of the Speakers’ Platform. The Plaza will be framed by 3 to 6 Columbarium reserved for Veterans only and paved with memorial stone pavers. This project represents a significant and more immediate potential for generating additional income for the Cemetery.
Restoration of unused Cemetery roads as walking trails -There are a number of dedicated, yet unused and non-maintained roadways in Linden Grove Cemetery. These roadways are easily identifiable, connect distant sections of the Cemetery, and have a heavy gravel base that has become overgrown with grass. These existing roadways are ideal for use as pedestrian walking trails and two distinct walking trail circuits have been identified. No graves will be disturbed or violated by development of walking trails along these roadways. The Cemetery has recently received a $1500 grant from Duke Energy to move forward with the finalizing of these trails.
Design and installation of a pedestrian entrance gate on Kavanaugh Street - A pedestrian entrance gate on Kavanaugh Street opposite Prague Street will provide additional access to the walking trails in the Cemetery. The development of passive recreational opportunities in Linden Grove Cemetery will provide an intrinsic benefit for neighborhood residents, hospital employees and visitors to the area. The need for such additional green space and passive recreational uses is identified as a priority in multiple sections of the “Building Covington’s Future Plan”. Pedestrian entrance gates salvaged from the Cemetery’s original wrought iron fencing from the late 1800’s and stored at the Cemetery will be re-used for this project.
Restoration of the pond – The Master Plan design concepts approved by the Cemetery Board details the restoration of a pond inside the Cemetery. The original pond was drained in the late 1960’s/early 1970’s. Because the area was not properly re-graded, it has continued to retain water and presents a variety of maintenance difficulties. A water feature was one of the original design components of the Cemetery and its restoration will provide a source for irrigation of landscaping improvements as well as help to contain stormwater and groundwater seepage. The location and size of the pond will guide the determination of other uses for existing vacant land and the location of other planned improvements. An in-kind pledge of more than $15,000 has been received from Paul Michels & Sons Construction to assist in the restoration of the pond.
Replacement of Union Veteran headstones –Over the last several years, a number of Union Veteran headstones have been replaced through the efforts of the local chapter of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Replacement headstones are provided at no charge by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The replacement of deteriorated Union Veteran headstones will be an ongoing effort, led by the Sons of Union Veterans and supported with assistance and materials from the Cemetery.
|Pedestrian Entrance||Looking for Donor||In planning stages|
|Pond Restorations||Paul Michels & Sons Construction||In planning stages|
|Union Headstones||Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War||Ongoing|
|Vehicular Entrance||Mother of God Cemetery in Covington||In progress|
|Veterans' Memorial Plaza||Looking for Donor||In planning stages|
|Walking Trails||Duke Energy||In planning stages|
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