Dear Cemetery Stakeholders:

 

The Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) will soon address long-term planning for the City's municipal cemeteries. PARD will solicit Request for Proposals for a Cemetery Master Plan in September 2013 for all five City of Austin cemeteries. Once a contract has been successfully awarded, the master planning process is projected to begin in January 2014.

 

PARD plans to host a series of cemetery stakeholders meetings in June 2013 with cemetery advocates and surrounding communities. The objective of stakeholder meetings for the Cemetery Master Plan Request for Proposal process is to educate the community about the master plan process, highlight the history of City of Austin cemeteries, provide information about existing cemetery conditions and gather community input and recommendations for the scope of work for the Cemetery Master Plan.

 

Introductory Community Meetings (two locations)

 

The meeting agenda will include the following three objectives: 1) offer a presentation on the history of Austin's municipal cemeteries, 2) provide an overview of the Master Plan process and timeline and 3) seek input or recommendations from the cemetery stakeholders about the master plan process. Following is a schedule for the two Introductory Community Meetings:

 

•             Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 2:00-3:30PM @ Carver Branch Library Meeting Rooms 2 & 3 (1161 Angelina Street, Austin TX 78702)

 

•             Wednesday, June 12, 2013 from 6:00-7:30PM @ Northwest Recreation Center Meeting Room 1 (2913 Northland Drive, Austin TX 78757)

 

Community Engagement Meetings (two locations)

 

The meeting agenda will include the following two objectives: 1) provide a review of existing conditions of each cemetery property and 2) seek additional community input for the scope of work for the Cemetery Master Plan. Following is a schedule for the two Community Engagement Meetings:

 

•             Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 9:00-11:00AM @ Northwest Recreation Center Meeting Room 1 (2913 Northland Drive, Austin TX 78757)

 

•             Thursday, June 27, 2013 from 6:00-8:00PM @ Carver Branch Library Meeting Rooms 2 & 3 (1161 Angelina Street, Austin TX 78702)

 

Kim McKnight, Project Coordinator and Cultural Resource Specialist, will be coordinating the meetings along with PARD Cemetery management staff. For questions or comments, please email cemeterymasterplan [Email address: cemeterymasterplan #AT# austintexas.gov - replace #AT# with @ ] or 512-974-9478. A website has been established with information about the Cemetery Master Plan process:  http://austintexas.gov/department/cemetery-master-plan.

 

PARD looks forward to a great planning process.

 

Best regards,

Kim McKnight