*NEW: On July 28, 2014, City Council approved the Fairview Cemetery Master Plan, which was submitted to the City of Lacombe on March 21, 2014, by LEES + Associates Landscape Architects and Planners.
As Fairview Cemetery is getting close to reaching capacity, the City of Lacombe is facing the need to design and develop additional lands to ensure continued service to the residents of Lacombe and Lacombe County.
In 2009, the City of Lacombe completed an investigation to locate lands for future cemetery development, both inside and outside the town boundaries. However, a suitable and cost-effective property could not be secured.
As a result, the City decided to enhance its cemetery services with an expansion of the existing cemetery site. The proposed expansion site is approximately 10 acres in size and will provide an estimated 60-75 year supply of cemetery plots. This expansion will also enhance the role of the cemetery as a local cultural asset, and as an important link in the City’s trails system.
On July 22, 2013, City Council endorsed the updated Cemetery Master Plan (Phase One), which was developed by consulting firm LEES + Associates: Landscape Architects and Planners. They have been contracted to complete a Master Design and Cemetery Plan for Fairview East Cemetery expansion, and to oversee the construction of Phase One of the expansion.
View the LEES and Associates Landscape Architects and Planners presentation to Council on July 22, 2013.
Phase One of the Fairview Cemetery expansion is based on projected service needs and a comprehensive community consultation process. The estimated cost to complete Phase One is $225,000. It will provide for a 13-year supply of interment options for area residents. The project will be tendered in July 2015, with construction to start in September of 2015.
In the meantime, the City will capitalize on infill opportunities to gain approximately 90 plots on existing cemetery lands. The Phase One construction timeline will also allow for the use of the #4 Ball Diamond until the end of August 2015, when it will be decommissioned and relocated to Michener Park for community use from 2016 onwards.
Site work and grading on the cemetery expansion will commence after the ball diamond has been decommissioned. Initial roadway installation is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2015. The expansion site will become available for interment after the site work and grading are complete. Landscape planting and turf seeding is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2016.
The Phase One expansion will link to the existing cemetery roadway, and includes:
- a variety of interment options
- a Field of Honour, with an interpretive promenade
- cremated remains section
Proposed future additions to the site include:
- ceremonial plaza
- columbaria gardens
- memorial wall