As some of you may already know, Penn Forest is an enchanting green space. A hike around the property yields stunning views of lush canopy cover and ravines that unfold at Plum Creek, which surges around the forest. If you’re patient and quiet, you’ll likely see many species of birds, as well as deer, turkeys, ground hogs and foxes.
We manage thirty-two acres of this serene forest . As of right now, only 2.5 acres are allotted to burials. This leaves a whopping 29.5 acres free for other ventures! We’ve got a lot of ground to cover, literally, and we want your ideas!
Here are a few of our ideas for those 29.5 acres…
- Wildlife refuge
- Hiking trails, open to the public
- Apiary (Beekeeping)
- Community gardens
- Picnic areas
- Development of outdoor amphitheater for memorial services and cultural events (plays, poetry readings, music festivals, etc.)
- Interpretive nature trails
- Sculpture in the forest, or other art projects
We see this as a community initiative and your input is integral to making the most of what Penn Forest has to offer! Feel free to comment directly on this blog post for how to best utilize this space. Or if you prefer, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments and ideas.
A space like Penn Forest has the potential to be more than just a green cemetery. We believe the resting place for your loved ones needn’t only be a reminder of the dead, but a celebration of the living as well.