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Space not a pressing issue at Oshawa’s only cemetery

Union Cemetery in Oshawa (Photo courtesy of the Oshawa Museum)

By Dave Flaherty/The Oshawa Express

It will be some time before cemetery space becomes an issue for the City of Oshawa.

During the latest community services committee meeting, director of strategic and business services Beth Mullen provided an update to councillors.

During her presentation, Mullen noted Union Cemetery, located at the corner of Thornton and King, is Oshawa’s only active cemetery.

The city also has eight historical cemeteries to maintain.

Mullen said a report addressing the city’s cemetery facilities will be coming to council in the second quarter of 2019.

“We are developing different business models, and we will come back with recommended actions,” she stated.

This led Ward 4 regional councillor and committee chair Rick Kerr to question how much longer Union Cemetery would be functional.

“I’m just trying to get a handle on how much of a pressing issue this is…,” Kerr said.

Under the cemetery’s current layout, Mullen estimated they have enough space to last until 2050.

Mullen said her department is looking to increase the amount of land available for burials in Union Cemetery. There are about 100 interments there annually.

From its pioneer beginnings, it has grown to a facility 30 acres in size with more than 25,000 burial locations.