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Posted on: August 4, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Fall Cemetery Clean-Up Set for October 2 - 6

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The fall clean-up dates at Union Cemetery and Memorial Park Cemetery are October 2 - 6, 2023. Families are asked to remove all items they wish to keep that are not permanently attached to a headstone prior to October 2. Any items adjacent to headstones that are not allowed by current cemetery rules will be removed during clean-up.

Cemetery Decoration Rules

During clean-up, staff will remove all cemetery decorations placed on burial spaces. If you’ve put decorations you want to keep; you must remove them before the dates listed above. All decorations not permanently attached to a headstone or the foundation left after the start of clean-up will be removed and thrown out. Once the clean-up week ends, decorations may be placed again until the next removal period.

Fresh-cut flowers and artificial bouquets set into permanent containers/vases on the foundations will always be permitted. Flowers/bouquets will be removed when they become unsightly. Flowers stuck in the ground are not allowed. The City assumes no liability for damage to fresh flowers and plants caused by periodic spraying of weeds, mowing, or trimming.

Permanent containers/vases must be made of granite, bronze, or aluminum only and permanently attached to the base of the foundation. No glass containers are allowed. Permanent vases are not permitted in designated Veteran’s blocks.

No plantings of trees, bushes, flowers or any other live plants on or around the burial space. No benches, hedges, fences, landscape edging or enclosures of any kind on or around burial plots.

Placing toys, boxes, ornaments, and similar items may only be placed on the monument's foundation and must be permanently attached. Glass objects are not permitted. Items can be no more than 12” tall and are limited to two articles per monument. 

A metal, single-stem flag holder no more than 30" above the ground surface is allowed if placed adjacent to the foundation. Flags can be placed in the flag holders and shall not extend more than 36" above the ground surface. 

A single shepherd’s hook, no more than 42" in height, may be placed immediately adjacent to the foundation, with one hanging basket allowed. The City will not maintain hanging baskets or urns of plants.

No flowers, wreaths, plantings or other objects allowed on or at base of columbarium at any time.

Artificial wreaths and evergreen blankets are permitted between November 1 and the first clean-up of each calendar year which occurs the first full week in April. 

The City assumes no responsibility for the loss or damage of any floral decorations, other memorials, or their containers. It reserves the right to remove items not in compliance with regulations.

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