Taking Care of Boston's Cemeteries
The division manages burial records for over 250,000 gravesites and maintains approximately 200 acres of cemetery land. Thomas Sullivan is the General Superintendent of Cemeteries.
There are three active cemeteries owned and operated by the City of Boston's Parks and Recreation Department:
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Mount Hope Cemetery has close ties to the original Mount Auburn Cemetery design model in terms of its relationship to topography, circulation system layout, and use of vegetation and development of an artificial lake.
Evergreen Cemetery, though influenced by the garden movement, has a less dramatic topography and a more engineered approach that resulted in a formality to its layout.
Fairview Cemetery was developed at the end of the 19th century, and the oldest section of the cemetery exemplifies the garden park cemetery movement.