With passage of the 2012 GO Bond, the Parks and Recreation Department received two million dollars in funding for improvements within the five municipal cemeteries. Community engagement for associated projects was completed in 2014 in conjunction with the Cemetery Vision Plan outreach.

Cemetery Master Plan

Active Cemetery Improvement Projects:

Oakwood Cemetery Chapel Rehabilitation

The Oakwood Cemetery Chapel was constructed in 1914 by prominent Austin architect, Charles Page. It sits within the Oakwood Cemetery, a City of Austin Historic Landmark, a registered Historic Texas Cemetery, and a National Register of Historic Places site. In the subsequent 100 years since its construction, the building has suffered from uneven foundation settlement and deferred maintenance. Under the 2012 Go Bond funding for Cemeteries, PARD completed a full rehabilitation of this historically and architecturally significant structure.

Austin Memorial Park Caretaker's Complex

The Austin Memorial Park Cemetery complex was designed by San Antonio architect W.H. Chambers, and functioned as a cottage, small chapel and service tower for the cemetery. Today, the buildings serve as the operations and maintenance hub for the municipal cemetery program. Since taking over cemetery management in 2013, the Parks and Recreation Department has performed extensive interior repairs on the complex to facilitate daily operations. However, the Historic Cemeteries Master Plan proposes that the entry structures be renovated to accommodate universal accessibility and provide enhanced services for both visitors and staff.