Cemetery Master Plan

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Decatur Cemetery Improvements
Status: Design completed
Bid Date: Fall 2010
Phase I Construction: February 2011 - December 2011 

 Master Plan  Pedestrian Improvements

The first phase of comprehensive landscape improvements to the Decatur Cemetery will begin in early February. Work should be completed by the end of this year and will include pedestrian and landscape improvements leading to a “pondside park” in the central part of the Cemetery, storm drainage improvements to reduce flooding damage to the historic Old Cemetery, restoration of the stream leading to Glenlake Park, and 2 pedestrian bridges over the stream. The contract for this work was awarded to Ed Castro Landscape, Inc., the low bidder. When combined with recent improvements to Glenlake Park, Decatur will have a centrally-located greenspace of over 60 acres.

The Cemetery improvements were designed by Edward L. Daugherty, FASLA, of Atlanta. Daugherty received the American Society of Landscape Architects’ 2010 ASLA Medal, its highest award, for lifetime achievement.

The Cemetery Office underwent a comprehensive renovation in 2010 and the woodland area near the stream is being restored by Trees Atlanta.

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Cemetery Master Plan Background
With the approval of Decatur’s bond referendum in 2006, funds are available to make a variety of improvements to the historic Decatur Cemetery, including:

  • A landscape improvement and tree replacement program.
  • Improvements to the storm water system, walkways, drives and other infrastructure elements.
  • Improvements to the cemetery pond, the historic Old Cemetery and a maintenance plan to address erosion.
  • Improvements to the undeveloped 10-acre section of the Cemetery property behind Glendale Avenue, including a walking trail connecting to proposed trails in Glenlake Park, removal of kudzu and other invasive plants, and stream bank protection.
  • Beautification of the Cemetery’s Bell Street entrance.
  • Recommendations for “memorial” gifts such as trees and benches.
The master plan is being prepared by the firm of Edward Daugherty, FASLA. Mr. Daugherty is one of the leading professionals in the field of landscape planning and design and has been a consultant to the City of Decatur for Cemetery planning for more than three decades. Other members of the planning team include Alexander Engineering, civil engineers, and Register Nelson, environmental consultants.

For additional information or if you have comments about the master plan, please contact Hugh Saxon, Deputy City Manager, at 678-553-6507 or send an email.

Photos and Illustrations
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Deterioration of old gravesites and stream banks caused by inadequate storm drainage facilities.
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Photo of the current entrance hidden by commercial properties.

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Areas of development and existing greenspace. Many of the older trees, illustrated in white, are declining.
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Kudzu, ivy and other invasive plants in the woodland area.
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Proposed greenspace in the 10-acre woodland area on the east side of the Cemetery. Presently, there is no access to this area.
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The proposed woodland trail would be like the mulch trail along Peavine Creek in Hidden Cove Park near Westchester School.
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Proposed pedestrian improvements to the Bell Street entrance, around the pond and through the woodland.
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The Cemetery Pond.
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A "pond side park," with paths, overlooks and sitting areas.
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A planting plan to renew trees and other landscape plantings.
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Decatur Cemetery - Proposed Master Plan

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