Historic Covington cemetery could become a park

COVINGTON, KENTUCKY (FOX19) - Linden Grove Cemetery is Covington's oldest and largest cemetery. However, it has suffered from decades of neglect.

Now, cemetery officials are working to turn some of that green-space into a public park that everyone can enjoy.

"We are trying to find this marriage between preserving the dignity of the people that are buried there and yet taking advantage of this great green space in the heart of the city," said Pete Navrone, Chairman of Linden Grove Cemetery Board of Overseers.

To accomplish this, trees are being planted and veterans memorials are being built.

"We have a Korean War memorial coming in that will be dedicated on July 27th," explains Navrone. "The greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky area is home to a great many Korean war veterans. There's been very little done around the area to really celebrate the great service that they provided."

The park will provide a place of respite for the community.

"This will be truly a passive park area where people could come in and walk through the park area," said Marshall Slagle, a supporter of the Linden Grove president. "It would be a setting where people could sit down and relax, enjoy nature and the beautiful trees."

The cemetery board is now trying to raise $3 million to make Linden Grove self-sustaining.

"Three million dollars, we think, will be enough of a capitol pool that the investment will generate 70-thousand dollars annual upkeep," said Navrone.

Fundraising efforts are now underway. The cemetery board and a group called 'Supporters of Linden Grove' have applied for grants to finance the cemetery's improvements and help it become self-sustaining.

Linden Grove Cemetery was dedicated back in 1843 and was the first cemetery in the area that was open to anyone regardless of religion or race.

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