Group envisions park-like atmosphere at Fairmount Cemetery

A group that envisions creating a viable, aesthetically pleasing and park-like atmosphere at Fairmount Cemetery has made its pitch to the San Angelo City Council.

“The main thing we want to do is add a source of revenue for the cemetery, while trying to preserve it for years to come,” said Bitsy Stone, president of Friends of Fairmount Cemetery, who led a presentation to the council last month.

During the organization’s October 2006 annual meeting, Gerron Hite, cemetery preservation coordinator for the Texas Historical Commission, emphasized that “careful planning would result in maximizing the organization’s human and financial resources as goals were approached.”

So in February 2007, Stone said architecture students from the University of Texas and Texas Tech University, local architects, museum directors, horticulturists, biologists, designers, planners, cemetery professionals and preservationists gathered at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts for a day of brainstorming and drawing.

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