OSWEGO, NY – Friends of Riverside Cemetery has introduced a new program that will provide a lasting legacy for families with loved ones buried at the historic Riverside Cemetery and a local tribute to those who are not.
The Friends of Riverside Cemetery Dedicated Tree Preservation and Restoration Fund was established to honor or memorialize a designee of your choosing, as well as preserve the landscape of the historic cemetery for the future.
Since its founding, Riverside Cemetery has been known for its serene park-like setting. In fact, its history as one of the first cemeteries laid out in the Rural Cemetery style has earned it a designation on the National Register of Historic Places.
With extensively landscaped grounds over its 176 acres, Riverside was designed to have the maximum visual effect on its visitors.
As such, founders and succeeding generations have always relied heavily on its extensive collection of trees to make this impression.
Now through the establishment of the Dedicated Tree Fund, family and community members can be a part of preserving the future history of Riverside.
According to Sandy Resnick, a committee member of the Dedicated Tree Fund program, general gifts to the tree fund will be used for ongoing tree replacement and maintenance.
“What a meaningful and memorable way to honor and memorialize loved ones while contributing to the physical beauty of Oswego’s historic cemetery,” Resnick said.
Gifts of $50 and more will be acknowledged with a personalized certificate suitable for framing sent to honorees, or their family, recognizing your gift and the occasion for it.
If individuals or families wish to contribute to the entire cost of a tree, which is $500, they will not only receive the personalized certificate, but will be provided the opportunity to help select a tree species and location within the cemetery.
Riverside Cemetery is located just outside the city of Oswego, on County Route 57.
The cemetery is open daily from 8 a.m. to sunset.
For additional information on the Friends of Riverside Cemetery Dedicated Tree Preservation and Restoration Fund call (315) 343-7691 or email [email protected]