South Australia’s largest cemetery will offer greater choice and a new range of options to address the State’s future burial needs.
More than 15,500 new burial spaces will also be created over the life of Centennial Park’s new Future Concepts Plan (http://www.centennialpark.org/generalinformation/future-concepts.html)
Released this week, the Future Concepts will guide the development of Centennial Park over the next 20 years.
It will assist Centennial Park to maximise available land and meet the needs of future generations of South Australians wanting a place to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones.
Increased choice for burial options including full monumentation, grander headstones, a mausoleum, family crypts and the possibility of a natural burial ground have been suggested as part of the Future Concepts.
Centennial Park will also enhance the overall visitor experience through the potential development of a cafe and alfresco dining area, florist, children’s playground and themed walkways.
“Centennial Park is entering an exciting new era,” Chief Executive Officer Mr Bryan Elliott said.
“Our Future Concepts respond to community demand and will provide South Australians with greater choice in burial and memorial options.
“Without it, Centennial Park will reach full capacity for first-time burials within the next 20 years.
“The Future Concepts Plan incorporates many concepts that are new to Centennial Park and will be explored and implemented based on their feasibility and merit.
“These include the introduction of larger and more elaborate monuments and headstones, pavilion garden burials, a mausoleum and family crypts.
“The possible addition of a cafe and florist with alfresco dining area and children’s playground would allow people to enjoy a coffee and cake with family and friends after attending a funeral service or visiting the site of a loved one.
“The Future Concepts will be rolled out over 20 years, undertaken in carefully planned stages and is intended to be flexible. Many developments will initially be implemented on a small scale while we gauge the demand.
“South Australians need continued and ongoing access to burials, cremation and memorials. Centennial Park is committed to providing these services to our community for future generations to come.”
Mr Elliott said work had already commenced on a new burial area that will create up to 800 new spaces as well as road modifications within the Park.
Key concepts of Centennial Park’s Future Concepts Plan that will be explored over the next 20 years include:
• Maximising available land to continue providing for the burial needs of future generations.
• Full monumentation, grander headstones, garden burials, a mausoleum and family crypts.
• Exploring the possibility of a natural burial ground.
• Garden area for outdoor funeral services.
• Cafe and florist with alfresco dining area and children’s playground.
• Enhanced traffic management for vehicle and pedestrian access including improved Goodwood Road entrance.
• Themed sculpture walk.
• Improved irrigation management.
Centennial Park is South Australia’s largest provider of burial, cremation, funeral and memorial services. Set on 40 hectares of parkland, the cemetery has more than 50 individually themed memorial gardens. Visit: www.centennialpark.org