We have completed and agreed a Strategic Plan for the work we would like to carry
out over the next 5 - 10 years. The document covers both old and new cemeteries and
is split into categories, including from maintenance and upkeep to major projects
we would like to see happen.
A key part of the Master Plan is the work we would like to see done at the cemeteries
to raise the profile of both the cemeteries and the Restoration Project as a whole.
There are a number of projects we would like to undertake at the Old Cemetery with
the intention of making it both more amenable as a place for contemplation and as
a part of a number of UT curriculums.
There are five main parts to our plans for the Old Cemetery, as follows:
Installation of panels displaying the names of all the people buried at the cemetery,
located within a small garden to also contain the existing memorial
Installation of an access road and parking area with rain garden or a permeable surface
Installation of a footpath and information signs along the eastern edge of the property
Installation of a brick footpath between the parking area and garden and around the
Relocation of boundary markers to be placed to draw people towards the memorial and
Other items such as seating and a footpath from the Old Cemetery to Swan Creek are
A task we are interested in fast-tracking is moving at least one boundary marker
to the Old Cemetery. At present, there are five known boundary markers, taking the
form of concrete posts which originally served as fence posts.
Through conversations with the City of Toledo, we would be allowed to relocate three
of the five remaining posts, which we have agreement with the relevant property owners
to do. The other two posts would have to remain where they are, but could be marked
with bronze plaques noting their significance.
We are in the process of talking to the University of Toledo about assistance in
relocating these three posts.
TSHCRP is a grass roots organization that welcomes donations to support of our efforts
to restore the State Hospital cemeteries. Tax deductible donations can be made to
NAMI of Greater Toledo. For more details see our Donating page.