SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The city invites neighbors, patrons, historians and interested citizens to attend a presentation of recommendations from the Hazelwood Cemetery Community Visioning Project. The meeting is at 6:30, Tuesday, May 9 at the Schweitzer - Brentwood Branch Library, 2214 S. Brentwood Boulevard (Seminole Street, one block east of Glenstone Avenue.)
Springfield Public Works in January engaged Drury University’s Hammons School of Architecture to aid in the development of a long-term plan for Springfield’s historic Hazelwood Municipal Cemetery.
The final vision and recommendations were developed over a series of three public workshops attended by more than 40 community members and industry professionals.
The students’ report will include their findings and creative ideas for potential improvements. This information could help Hazelwood address changing industry trends, increase visibility and vehicle access, and improve Public Works facilities on cemetery grounds.
“It’s been interesting to see the students’ minds interact with the community members who are so intimately connected to Hazelwood Cemetery,” said Public Works registered architect Jennifer Swan. “The students provided many hours of research and have presented ideas that generated in-depth discussions that I hope will produce a focused vision for Hazelwood Cemetery as we celebrate its 150th anniversary later this year.”
Hazelwood Cemetery will mark its 150th anniversary in October. It's at 1642 E. Seminole St., near the Springfield National Cemetery. Public Works’ Public Grounds division maintains it. It is the largest municipal cemetery in the state with 60 acres and more than 44,000 grave spaces. Grave spaces are still for sale.
Hazelwood is the final resting place of many notable Springfieldians including Springfield founder John Polk Campbell; Mayor, Congressman and Judge Sempronius (Pony) Boyd; and Route 66 visionary John T. Woodruff.