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Recently staff at the Cemetery began noticing an uncommon discoloration and yellowing of turf in the Cemetery. Further analysis concluded that, due to employee error, a non-selective herbicide designed to kill broadleaf plants and grass was mistakenly applied to large areas of turf last fall resulting in full or partial destruction of turf. It was a regrettable and unfortunate employee error.
Memorial Day is fast approaching and the Cemetery intends to have restoration work completed in a fashion that will allow the public to enter all sections of the Cemetery with as few restrictions as possible. It will take several months to a year for the renovation to fully grow in. The Cemetery will issue progress reports during the period of renovation and up to Memorial Day using various social media sites.
As of April 20th 2015 work is progressing in the restoration areas. Currently work is being performed in several areas. In the south east area of the cemetery crews have power raked to remove the damaged turf and are spreading soil to help level the area in preparation for new seed to be planted later this week. In the North West area crews are currently power raking to remove the damaged turf.
The Cemetery staff deeply apologizes for the imposition and emotional strain this mistake may cause to many people. For further information you may contact the Cemetery Office at 801-596-5020.
There are 130,000 burial sites in the Salt Lake City cemetery and at present we have buried just over 121,000. The cemetery covers 250 acres in the heart of the city. Read about the cemetery's rich history at enjoyutah.org.
Mission Statement of the SLC Cemetery
The mission of the Salt Lake City Cemetery is to serve the families who come to us in a time of need. To watch over and care for these families loved ones who have been interred within our great and historical cemetery. To be a steward for the open space and care for the flora and fauna that lives and grows within our boundaries. We strive to provide service to the family members, friends and strangers who come to find closure, solace and peace within and upon are hallowed grounds. We strive daily to remember” the difference between ordinary and extraordinary is the little extra you do.” We all try to “pick up the stick” making sure to think first of those who work with us side by side and our selves second.