Renovations at Mt. Pisgah to be completed by July

(Gillette, Wyo.) The sound of power saws is not exactly the most peaceful environment for meditation. Neighbors of Campbell County's Mt Pisgah Cemetery have been seeing construction workers in and out of the area for the past few weeks. Yesterday County 17 toured the site to see how far remodeling over an acre of the grounds has come along. The county is rebranding the area "The Gardens at Mt. Pisgah," hoping an expansion and the inclusion of community pavilions and reflective gardens will make the cemetery more inviting for the living. Near the front entrance, a half acre space of 172 burial plots (all empty) were reconfigured to include walking paths, water features, decorative stone work, and a small open stage area facing south over the grounds. The "Unity" gardens (feature photo) will now hold 159 burial plots and an additional 923 cremation plots. [image: inspiration.jpe] Over near I-90 at the top of the hill, the "Inspiration" Gardens are a full acre, designed with a much bigger pavilion overlooking the rest of the city. That area was expanded from 320 burial plots to over 3300 cremation plots. Cremation is a trend the county was seeing, according to CCCD consultant Julie Simon, and so when renovating Mt. Pisgah to maximize the space, they decided to incorporate the reflective gardens aspect. It's something they'd seen in other cities, but not yet in Wyoming. The county believes this new mixed-use space is the first of its kind in the state. Local contractors lead by Hladky Construction are working to finish the memorial retaining walls and install the extensive landscaping needed to complete the project. If weather permits, the grounds will be finished before the July deadline. People have already begun purchasing burial space in the new areas. The county hopes this will help recover part of the $4.85 million price tag. #county17 #news