2145 Compton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231

Improvements and Updates throughout Arlington June 27, 2020

THE BLUE LINE AND OTHER IMPROVEMENTS

Arlington’s vast green spaces and winding roads can sometimes surprise new visitors who are perhaps unsuspecting of the breadth of the park-like setting. If they missed the directional signage when they entered from Compton, they can often tour most of the entire 165 acre park before happening upon what is frequently their destination: the Lakeside Chapel and Mausoleum Complex. Very soon the pending opening of Celebration of Life Campus will create a new destination and perhaps even more confusion.

But we’re aggressively working to mitigate that confusion. Recently, the degraded roads created by the year-long pounding of heavy construction equipment, were at long last resurfaced when the spring rains took a break long enough for us to complete that project. The new roads have eliminated the adventure of dodging potholes and produce a dramatically smoother drive throughout the grounds. But that’s not all. Along with the new pavement beginning at the Compton Road entrance, we’ve added a new Blue Line Route that serves as the directional path to the Celebration of Life Campus – the site of the Arlington Funeral Home and the Cremation Tribute Center both scheduled for opening on August 1st.

The Celebration of Life Campus is a fabulously convenient and modern facility that connects the final disposition services of the Memorial Park with those provided by a funeral home. The site provides new flexibility for traditional and non-traditional services unlike other funeral facilities in the area. The funeral staff is available 24 hours a day to help you and your family through, what we know, are truly difficult times. If you’d like additional information, you can contact the funeral home at (513) 728-3460.

One other update needs to be discussed. In early April, Arlington played host to a tornado for a very brief moment. But in that brief time, numerous trees were destroyed as well as the Garden of Roses Pergola. While the sturdy granite niches located under the Pergola remained, as we would have anticipated, absolutely undisturbed, the same can’t be said for the rest of the structure which fell victim to the twister’s vicious winds.

After clearing tree and limb debris from numerous areas in the park, all during the most locked-down portion of the pandemic’s lock-down, we are responding as swiftly as possible to the rebuilding of the Pergola. However, it is a property damage claim which means it’s subject to review and the approval of the insurance company. We do believe that approval is coming soon and we are in the final design stages that will enable reconstruction to begin sometime in the next thirty days. The pending design incorporates elements that will add new color and artistic symbolism appropriate for a structure located in a rose garden. We’re looking forward to this new addition that we believe will embellish our grounds. Stay tuned for additional updates in coming newsletters.

Comments(7)

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    Terry Stegeman says

    Why is the Garden of Patriotism such a mess? A family member who visited today let me know how terrible it was with grave markers pulled up, dirt, weeds and she said looked awful. What is going on and when will this be fixed? Very distressing to those of us who have loved ones buried there.

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      Lisa McClain says

      We thank you for your questions/comments regarding the Garden of Patriotism. There are many things happening back there right now, and we agree, the various stages of the progress make things appear unsightly. The Garden of Patriotism and the surrounding area is currently undergoing renovation work. We hope we can answer some of your questions below. We ask that our visitors keep in mind that in conjunction with mandates and recommendations from the Health Department as well as recommended best practices from “Responsible Restart Ohio”, our Grounds Team has worked with split staffs since mid-March. The health and safety of our employees and visitors is one of our top priorities. The following summarizes the work taking place in that area:
      – Patriotism feature – Behind the feature has recently been graded and leveled with drainage added to it. This required us to remove four (4) Bronze Memorials. These memorials will be re-installed within the next few days. This work should alleviate most of the standing water issues that occur during heavy rainfall.

      – Privacy Berm – We are in the process of creating a privacy berm along the fence line that runs parallel with the maintenance roadway. This process involves first building up the soil and dirt berm. The berm will then be “shaped”. Once that is complete, we will hydroseed the privacy berm and add decorative landscaping grasses. We are doing all of this work in-house and the process does take time; the end result will be a nice improvement.

      – Wood Debris – In regards to the logs and wood piles on the outer corners of the Garden of Patriotism, we are actively working on these piles. This debris is a result of the tornado that came through the grounds on April 8. We had many large trees destroyed, damaging structures and blocking roadways throughout the cemetery. That damage required us to close the cemetery until we could establish roadway access for our visitors. Initially we inquired about having a dumpster delivered to quickly remove the large logs, but that was impractical. We are currently working to eliminate all of the debris as quickly as possible. Because of the large volume of debris, this process will take us some time.

      – Other Projected Improvements – Additional renovations will be taking place throughout the Garden of Patriotism which will include leveling out and pitching areas to help with drainage. This will be an ongoing process that will involve adding soil/dirt to different areas of the garden and grading those areas.

      We appreciate your questions and comments and well as your understanding as we make these improvements. We should have placed signage in the area to make visitors aware of the various work taking place and we apologize for failing to do that. If you know someone who is concerned, please feel free to pass this information along to them. Please reach out to us with any additional concerns.

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    Kasey says

    Hi,
    My father is buried in the Garden of Patriotism and I’m concerned about the entire upkeep of the once very beautiful area. What is happening behind the monument (headstones everywhere, dirt, hoses, many burial sites have overgrown weeds in lieu of grass). Can you update what the status is of this area?

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      Lisa McClain says

      We thank you for your questions/comments regarding the Garden of Patriotism. There are many things happening back there right now, and we agree, the various stages of the progress make things appear unsightly. The Garden of Patriotism and the surrounding area is currently undergoing renovation work. We hope we can answer some of your questions below. We ask that our visitors keep in mind that in conjunction with mandates and recommendations from the Health Department as well as recommended best practices from “Responsible Restart Ohio”, our Grounds Team has worked with split staffs since mid-March. The health and safety of our employees and visitors is one of our top priorities. The following summarizes the work taking place in that area:
      – Patriotism feature – Behind the feature has recently been graded and leveled with drainage added to it. This required us to remove four (4) Bronze Memorials. These memorials will be re-installed within the next few days. This work should alleviate most of the standing water issues that occur during heavy rainfall.

      – Privacy Berm – We are in the process of creating a privacy berm along the fence line that runs parallel with the maintenance roadway. This process involves first building up the soil and dirt berm. The berm will then be “shaped”. Once that is complete, we will hydroseed the privacy berm and add decorative landscaping grasses. We are doing all of this work in-house and the process does take time; the end result will be a nice improvement.

      – Wood Debris – In regards to the logs and wood piles on the outer corners of the Garden of Patriotism, we are actively working on these piles. This debris is a result of the tornado that came through the grounds on April 8. We had many large trees destroyed, damaging structures and blocking roadways throughout the cemetery. That damage required us to close the cemetery until we could establish roadway access for our visitors. Initially we inquired about having a dumpster delivered to quickly remove the large logs, but that was impractical. We are currently working to eliminate all of the debris as quickly as possible. Because of the large volume of debris, this process will take us some time.

      – Other Projected Improvements – Additional renovations will be taking place throughout the Garden of Patriotism which will include leveling out and pitching areas to help with drainage. This will be an ongoing process that will involve adding soil/dirt to different areas of the garden and grading those areas.

      We appreciate your questions and comments and well as your understanding as we make these improvements. We should have placed signage in the area to make visitors aware of the various work taking place and we apologize for failing to do that. If you know someone who is concerned, please feel free to pass this information along to them. Please reach out to us with any additional concerns.

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    VIVIAN VIARS says

    When will the debris from the trees and the dirt be removed by the Patriot Garden along the fence line? What is the crushed blacktop along there for?

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      Lisa McClain says

      Good morning Vivian. An update on the wood debris around Patriotism. Much has been removed and the rest will be chipped up soon to use around the property.

      Hello Vivian. Thank you for your questions. The wood debris along the fence line from the tornado will be removed. We are in contact with Rumpke about obtaining a dumpster to have it all hauled away. As for the crushed blacktop/chipped asphalt, that will be used soon as the base for the roadway behind Patriotism. We apologize for the unsightliness of it and we are working on getting it corrected. Please feel free to reach out with any additional questions or comments.

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    Beverly R Jackson says

    My family members are buried in the Garden of Roses. I look forward to more information.

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