After the City of Edmond purchased a 20.5 acre parcel adjacent to the existing Gracelawn Cemetery, which was close to capacity, Mekus Tanager and Four Front Design worked with the City of Edmond to develop a 56 acre Master Plan for Gracelawn Cemetery.
A major goal of the Master Plan was to design a cohesive solution that blends together both existing and new parcels while emphasizing the natural assets of the cemetery. The expansion parcel will provide Gracelawn Cemetery with around 30,000 new burial spaces across a variety of burial inventory, reflective of the communities’ current and future projected burial choices. The Master Plan was designed in phases so as to allow Gracelawn Cemetery to expand its burial inventory based on need and future projected need. Burial choices will include: traditional burial plots, cremation plots, columbarium walls, an ossuary with memorial wall, scattering garden/ scattering platform along a creek, wall crypts and niches, semi-private family estates, garden mausoleum buildings, and more natural burial options such as tree burials.
Additional cemetery improvements will include: adding a committal chapel, public rest rooms, an information kiosk, a new, more prominent and accessible entrance for the cemetery, walking / running paths to allow additional pedestrian access to the cemetery, a pond surrounded by a walking path and columbaria, beautifying the existing cemetery drainage channel, new History of Edmond wall and flag plaza, natural areas for reflection, new wall sections meant to compliment the historical Works Progress Administration wall and original gate of Gracelawn Cemetery, and a relocated maintenance facility with a yard for materials and monument storage. The current administrative and maintenance building may be repurposed in the future into a committal chapel and/or event space.