Penticton and South Okanagan
Volunteers help District fix cemetery
Aug 16, 2013 / 12:28 pm
A 2013 project to clean up and improve a historic South Okanagan burial ground is now completed, thanks to the efforts of dedicated volunteers.
The Naramata Cemetery, which is more than 100 years old, now features a stone fence at the entrance and a chain link fence with a gate at the back.
"Credit goes to the volunteers who initiated the project," said RDOS Naramata director Karla Kozakevich. "And we are absolutely delighted to see it reach completion."
The need for the facelift was brought to the attention of the RDOS last year by Naramata artist Dennis Evans and his wife Patricia Evans.
The couple noticed on their frequent walks that the cemetery on Bartlett Road had fallen into a state of neglect.
Among the problems were part of the property was being used by the RDOS public works department for storage, there was illegal dumping and visitors in big recreational vehicles were camping there.
Kozakevich and residents including the Evans, Phil and Georgeen Janzen, Carol McGibney and Gerry Anderson, formed a committee and went to work making the beautification project a reality.
In addition to the revamped entrance and chain link fencing in the back, a granite slab was donated by the Naramata Citizens Association. It is now incorporated into the fence with the words, Naramata Cemetery, Circa 1907, written on it.
"It has overall been a very positive thing, with a lot of really good will from people in the community, some of whom have family members buried there," said Patricia Evans.
Kozakevich said she will meet with the committee in the fall to discuss further improvements in the summer of 2014.
"We will consider whether we want a scattering ground in the northeast corner, because a lot of people are doing cremations," she said. "The goal would be to have a nice walking path through the trees, some benches and a monument dedicating it as a scattering ground."
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