In 2007 the crew cleaned every monument and every marker in the cemetery. This is the first time we have been able to do a project of this scale and there are no guarantees that it will ever be done again but it certainly makes the old memorials look good again. It also makes them more easily read. We do not clean monuments upon request - there are companies that will do that for you.
One of the assets of Greenwood is the mature maple trees. Unfortunately many of the original trees have reached their life expectancy and over the next thirty years almost all of them will have to be replaced. Even though some cemeteries are not planting trees anymore because of the extra work they require it is our goal to plant at least 50 new deciduous trees every year. We plant mostly maple but also plant a few birch and flowering trees as well.
We have a company that is installing irrigation in a different portion of the cemetery each year. We install as much each year as we can afford and try to choose the areas that need it most. This project was started in 1983.
Like any city or subdivision our road system suffers from the elements and normal wear and tear. Some of our roads were first paved in the 1940's with no impovements since that time. The road system was originally laid out for horse and buggy travel and the roads are neither wide enough or built with the right base for today's vehicles. These roads will have to be upgraded.
Reconstruction of the Grounds.
Because of the long 'life' of a cemetery and the fact that these grounds have been cared for with grass mowed and leaves removed for well over 100 years there has been a deterioration in soil quality in that time. Sometimes it is necessary for us to renovate the existing turf by rototilling, adding high quality topdirt, leveling and reseeding in an effort to keep the turf and other plantings in good shape. Every few years we pick an area of the grounds to renovate and then work on that project through the summer months as time and finances allow.
Building Renovation and Expansion.
Our current office building was originally built as a home for the Jarman family in 1879 (Nathan Jarman and his family were the third white family to make Petoskey their home. He was a subject of our 2008 history tour). The house and property were purchased by the cemetery in 2004 and remodeled as offices in 2009. We are proud to be able to preserve a portion of Petoskey's heritage and have usable offices as well.