Last Post Fund Monument
Last Post Fund Monument at Mountain View Cemetery

In spite of last week’s cold and rain, crews at Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery installed a long-awaited new monument in the Abray South Veterans Section.

Designed as a two piece gateway feature for a future pedestrian precinct, the new monument includes interpretive signage in both official languages.

Legacy Gardens at Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery
Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery

We couldn’t resist sharing these sunny snowy day shots of the Legacy Gardens at Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery.
In 2016, LEES+Associates undertook the preparation of construction documents for this new precinct of the cemetery.

The Legacy Gardens design provides additional cremation niche and mausolea crypt inventory by transforming an existing service road around the Bennett Memorial into a premium cremation garden.

Cemeteries Running Out of Space [Audio]

Erik Lees was a recent guest on BCIT’s Evolution Radio (107.9 FM) show For the Record.

During the show, Erik and host Dennis Arellano discuss the prospect of urban cemeteries running out of space and other alternatives to in-ground burials.

Take a listen below (audio starts at 0:16):

Cumberland Cemetery Improvements
Cumberland Cemetery Improvements

Implementation of site improvements are now underway at the Village of Cumberland’s historic cemetery!

In 2013, LEES+Associates in collaboration with Outlook Land Design completed the Village’s Cemeteries Master Plan. Since then, the Village has been gradually undertaking projects to restore and enhance its three cemeteries.
New soil,

Lakeview Cemetery - Penticton, BC
Lakeview Cemetery in Penticton

On a recent visit to the Okanagan Valley, we got the opportunity to see the newly constructed burial expansion areas at Lakeview Cemetery in Penticton.
LEES+Associates was retained to develop construction documents for the expansion areas two years ago.

The burial expansion areas include:

A green burial area in a native Okanagan grassland
The ‘stream of memories’ river rock wall
Muslim burial area
Premium burial area overlooking the lake with a full range of interment and memorialization options including family estate lots and family cremation gardens
Scattering gardens

Below are a few photos from the site.

Royal Oak Burial Park Stone
Monument Slabs at Royal Oak Burial Park

LEES+Associates was delighted to work with Vancouver-based monument builder and sculptor, Dan Bellan, on the latest expansion area at Royal Oak Burial Park, in Victoria B.C.

The design team collaborated with Dan on the design, placement and refinement of monumental slabs of Vancouver Island white marble that are the key features at the cemetery’s new “BIRCH” and “MAGNOLIA” Sections.

Cemetery
‘Looming crisis’ as cemeteries across Canada run out of space

“We’re running out of room because, as I characterize cemeteries, they’re the forgotten landscape, they’re the forgotten land use,” he said. “We’ve managed to, on the whole, build healthy cities with good infrastructure and downtown cores and housing…but we’ve really neglected the importance of remembrance and places of grief and mourning.”

Erik Lees was a guest on CTV News last month to discuss the issue of cemeteries running out of space.