City re-opens cemetery gates

The locked vehicle gate meant only a walk-through gate was accessible during most hours.

  • Wed Jun 27th, 2012 5:00pm
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The City of Terrace has re-opened the vehicle gate to its cemetery on Kalum Lake Rd.

It was opened last week and will remain unlocked, said Terrace’s director of leisure services Carmen Didier.

It was just determined that it was best they be opened back up,” she said. “Last week they were opened … they’re open all the time.”

The city had first decided to lock the vehicle gate to its cemetery after a string of vandalism incidents.

Following that action, several community members protested because locked vehicle gates blocked a drive-around road that enabled vehicle access to grave sites.

The locked vehicle gate meant only a walk-through gate was accessible during most hours.

Local Arlene Ridler has two children buried in the cemetery, and said that her mother-in-law was unable to visit one of the plots due to mobility issues.

She was concerned that there are many senior citizens who have loved ones buried there, and that locked vehicle gates acted as a barrier to the healing process, part of which involved visiting the grave sites of loved ones.