Following a lengthy review by the community and key city boards and commissions, the Historic Cemeteries Master Plan was approved by the Austin City Council September 17, 2015. Links to the final plan are provided below. Select Cemetery Vision Plan process for more information about the process, including the review by city boards and commissions.

This is the first master planning effort for the City’s five historic municipal cemeteries, which include Austin Memorial Park Cemetery, Evergreen Cemetery, Oakwood Cemetery, Oakwood Cemetery Annex, and Plummers Cemetery. The Parks & Recreation Department (PARD) greatly appreciates the time and effort of our community members, volunteer board and commission appointees and elected officials in helping PARD deliver a high-quality and consensus-based plan to the Austin City Council.


2017 National Planning Achievement Award Gold - Urban Design

2017 Virginia Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects Merit Award for Austin’s Historic Cemeteries Master Plan

2016 Preservation Texas Honor Award

2016 Preservation Austin Merit Award

2016 Project Plan Award from Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association


"Designing for the Dead: The Perfect City Cemetery," Next City, March 6, 2015

"The Afterlife of City Cemeteries," Landscape Architecture Magazine, Sept., 2015

"Death Next Door: How Austin's Cemetery Master Plan preserves the urban bural ground," Curbed, March 16, 2016