A refurbishment project for the cemetery was initiated in 2012-2013, when members the community contacted the municipality and requested that efforts be made to clean up and repair the park.
In February of 2017, Ecofor’s Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) operators conducted a scan of the cemetery in support of this project. The scan was guided by the results of detailed background research that our Archaeology and Cultural Resource Management team conducted prior to fieldwork.
With the goal of identifying grave-free paths within the park to guide refurbishment efforts, Ecofor’s scan resulted in the identification of an estimated 485 unmarked graves. Prior to these results, the city expected the number of unmarked graves to range in the 200-300 mark.
After interpreting the scan results, Ecofor provided recommendations on the location of grave-free paths within the cemetery. These paths aided in the city’s establishments of footpaths through the park as part of the greater refurbishment project. Additionally, scan information regarding the location and number of unmarked graves within the park will aid the city’s future efforts of identifying and marking the unknown individuals.