The Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park

Posted on October 02, 2013

Thanks to a generous outpouring of community support, The Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park has transformed into a place of discovery, spiritual enrichment and reflection.

Today, visitors can experience the peaceful garden setting with the sounds of trickling water, birds flying overhead and the warm sunshine illuminating the vibrant colors of the flowering plants.

Showcasing the stunning beauty of nature, The Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park has truly become an important and meaningful space for many Lakesiders. Already, more than six families have gathered in the garden during the summer season to commit the ashes of loved ones to their final resting place.

Bob Brucken, an active community member and volunteer, chose The Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park as a final resting place for his wife, Lois. Brucken and his family gathered in July for a special placement of ashes service in the sacred space.

Visiting the memorial garden has now become an even more meaningful experience for Brucken and his family.

He said, “Each morning when I am at Lakeside, I run a few miles, including to and through Chautauqua Park, over both the south and the north trails, as well as inside the walls of the memorial garden. I think of Lois and her ashes literally becoming part of Lakeside there, and I feel her presence, too.”

If you or a loved one would like to begin pre-planning and making arrangements for the future, or would like to make a gift in support of the on-going phases of The Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park, we invite you to visit for more information. For progress pictures of the memorial garden, visit our Facebook page.