Friends of the Salt Lake City Cemetery

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Welcome to the Friends of the Salt Lake City Cemetery website.

October 29th: Salt Lake City Cemetery Tree Planting Event!   -  Join TreeUtah at the SLC Cemetery to plant 50 trees to replace trees lost in last year's windstorm. Two sessions are scheduled for the tree planting, both on October 29th:  Session 1 is 9am-1pm and Session 2 is 1pm-4pm. Registration is required in advance, please visit TreeUtah - Salt Lake City Cemetery Tree Planting-Community Tree Planting

Wear clothes you can get dirty, closed-toe shoes, and sun protection. Bring your own reusable water bottle; we'll have a water refill station. We'll bring all the tools, gloves, materials, trees, amendments, and first aid to have a fun time! (You are welcome to bring your own tools and gloves if you would prefer.) Look for the green TreeUtah tent when you arrive to check and thank you!  

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August, 2021:  Watering at the Cemetery -   The current irrigation system at the Cemetery is complicated because it does not allow trees to be watered separately from turf. Additionally, because a lot of new sod had to be installed this year, due to the extensive damage caused by the windstorm of September 2020, the Cemetery has had to keep the new sod sufficiently watered. However, the irrigation system does have a centralized computer-system that uses local weather station data to help plan efficiently and minimize the amount of water lost through temperature, wind, rain, etc. Recently, for example, the Cemetery has been able to reduce the irrigation system's water use, beginning July 30th - August 11th, due to the amount of rainfall received. The system was then turned back on for two nights of watering, and on Monday, August 16th, the irrigation ran for one night. As of 8:00 a.m. August 20th, with a rainfall total of 1.59 inches for the past two days, the Cemetery has again been able to reduce irrigation. With temperatures projected to be in the 80s through Wednesday, August 25th, the Cemetery hopes to be able to continue reducing irrigation. If community members see a broken irrigation head and can send a photo to the cemetery staff, this is the most helpful as cemetery staff can much more easily track a broken head with a photo. Friends of the Salt Lake City Cemetery would like the public to know that constant planning and management of the water use at the cemetery is happening. If there are additional questions, please contact the city sexton at .

July 2021 - Totals for the Memorial Day Cleanup Volunteer Event held in June.  A HUGE Thank You for all who helped our goal to become stewards of recycling and a cleaner environment! About one third of the total debris collected was green waste that is now being composted for future green use.   Recyclable Items- 11,250 pounds (6 tons!!!)    Green Waste collected- 17,480 pounds (9 tons!!!)    Garbage collected- 23,820 pounds (12 tons!!!).    We look forward to this event growing and hosting more cemetery improvement projects. Keep informed at

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Friends Of The Salt Lake City Cemetery was formed as a non-profit 501c3 organization to help Salt Lake City with managing the largest municipal cemetery in the United States.  The cemetery dates back to the mid-1800's when 120 acres were set aside as a permanent city cemetery. The first burial was September 27, 1848.

Located between 4th and 11th Avenue between N Street and U Street in the Avenues, the cemetery is of rich historical significance and is a cultural treasure, containing a number of retaining walls constructed by the Works Project Administration (WPA), capturing a fascinating cultural narrative, and representing an important wildlife role. In fact, the cemetery is one of the site’s for the Audubon’s Annual bird-count survey. It is also a tranquil place for reflection and remembrance.

Given the age of the cemetery, the grounds and infrastructure are in need of repair and restoration, and there are multiple opportunities for future enhancement. The windstorm in September 2020 also wreaked significant damage on numerous monuments and artifacts, and toppled over 260 trees, and the cemetery remains closed to the public at this time for downed tree removal and public safety.  See the current updates HERE

The main goals of the Friends group are to advocate for the cemetery, to engage the public in its history and upkeep, and to help identify and secure funding sources to address some of the needs in the Cemetery’s Master Plan, which was adopted by the City Council in October 2020.

Additionally, the Friends group is working closely with the City’s Public Lands division to identify a number of future volunteer activities to ensure the longevity of this local and national treasure. If you are interested in learning more about the Friends group, or if you have specific expertise that you feel could benefit the Friends group, please email . Visit us on Facebook HERE.