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Expansion could soon be coming to Riverside Cemetery

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Riverside Cemetery Riverside Cemetery
Riverside Cemetery Riverside Cemetery
WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) -

Wichita Falls has been working for 25 years to expand Riverside Cemetery, and work could begin in the next one to two years. Tuesday, councilors got a presentation on the project.

Director of Parks and Recreation, Jack Murphy, said the city's plan is to sell 600 spaces and use the money to help fund phase one of the expansions, which would cost $1.2 million.

Murphy believes it would enhance the city's revenue and is eager for the project to start.

"We're hopefully at a point now we can finally be doing some of that work to make the expansion a reality," he said.

Murphy said there is a demand for spaces at the cemetery, adding he gets calls every week for available plots. Some of the improvements would include a garden estate cremation area, a new sales building, and improvements to the main entrance.

City Manager, Darron Leiker, said it is very rare for a city to operate a cemetery and make a revenue, adding it's a great ambitious plan.

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