Elkin’s Hollywood Cemetery will be getting new landscaping and additions during two phases of a project meant to improve the appearance of the traffic circle, of which phase two includes moving the cemetery reference kiosk to another area of the cemetery.
The Elkin Friends of the Cemetery are leading the fundraising efforts for the project, and the first phase, which will include new landscaping and the addition of dogwoods and granite benches in the traffic circle area, has funding pledged to cover the cost from the Boyles-Eidson Family Foundation, reported Adam McComb, recreation and parks director for the town, to the Elkin Board of Commissioners Monday.
“A plan was done several years ago and the Friends looked at it again with a landscape architect,” McComb said. “We’ve met on the site with the Friends and come to a good plan.”
In addition to endorsement from the Friends of the Cemetery, the town’s Recreation & Parks Advisory Board has given unanimous recommendation that the commissioners approve the project.
McComb said phase two of the project will include a new cemetery reference kiosk in a new location, and the Friends are working with the Chatham Foundation for possible funding of that portion of the upgrade at a later date.
Project one will include taking up the grass, installing a stamped concrete patio area with granite benches, and in the centerpiece of the circular benches will be the saying, “A loving and generous life continues to impact future generations.”
At the bottom end of the circular benches will be a smaller bench “where a clergyman could stand if they are doing a service,” said McComb.
A general contractor will handle the project, not town staff, noted McComb when asked about the work by the commissioners.
The commissioners unanimously approved project following a motion by Commissioner Terry Kennedy and a second by Commissioner J.L. Lowe.
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