The final phase of cemetery development to-date is the Memorial Parkthat began in 1913 with Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California .
Memorial Parks are intended to be large sections of pastoral and uniform lawn areas for flat stone or bronze markers that do not stand out above the ground.
Trees and shrubs are minimal or on the perimeter of a section. Memorial Parks use strict guidelines to maintain the imposed uniformity. There is an emphasis on automotive circulation networks rather than pedestrian access.
It’s the 21st Century and we want humane place, place that means something to us…
Place that is intimate and connected.
Place that beckons us and says: “this means something to me”.
Fortunately, on a smaller scale, there are many such places in the US, and many designers creating these places. We need more of them, now, for our cemeteries, columbaria, mausolea, and scattering needs. Ask for more.