Changes in cemetery fees, Memorial Tree Program begins January 1

Kevin PowellCity, Parks & Recreation

The schedule of charges at The City of Lawrence cemeteries, operated by the Parks and Recreation Department, will see changes beginning Friday, Jan. 1, 2021.

As part of the approved budget in 2019, a $50 increase of property lot rights was accepted for all cemetery schedule of charges annually through 2023, except for all interment and the property lot rates for infants. Those fees will be maintained at present levels for 2021. The schedule of charges includes lots and burials at Oak Hill Cemetery, Memorial Park Cemetery, Maple Grove Cemetery and the Natural Burial Area in Oak Hill Cemetery. The increase will be placed in a perpetual maintenance fund to provide upkeep at the cemeteries.  All other fees are being maintain without increases.

The 2021 cemetery schedule of charges is as follows:

CEMETERY RATES                                                      FEE
Property Lot Rates
Single Grave Spaces
Resident                                                              $1,000
Non-Resident                                                      $1,450
Infant Grave Spaces                                                $200

Interment Rates
(Burial Service Time)
Monday-Friday until 2 p.m.                               $850
Monday-Friday after 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.            $1,100
Saturday until 11 a.m.                                       $1,100
Saturday after 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.                    $1,300

Monday-Friday until 2 p.m.                               $275
Monday-Friday after 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.            $300
Saturday until 4 p.m.                                         $400

Cremation Burial Rates
(10” Round Opening)
Monday-Friday until 4 p.m.                               $350
Saturday until 4 p.m.                                         $675
(Burial Only, No Equipment)                                   

Disinterment Rates
Full, Monday-Friday Only                                  $1,250
Cremation                                                         $250

Also, changing Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, will be the rates for trees purchased through the Memorial Tree Program to account for tree variety and price increases that have taken place since 2010 when the last increase was made. Trees in the memorial program will now cost $400 each.

For questions regarding the schedule of charges for cemeteries and the Memorial Tree Program, please contact Lawrence Parks and Recreation Administrative Office in South Park, 1141 Massachusetts St.,, (785) 832-3450.