Acacia Park Cemetery Park Rules
On March 3, 1927, The Acacia Park Cemetery Association was chartered by the State of Ohio as a Corporation Not for Profit.
As Acacia Memorial Park is not conducted for profit, it has neither stockholders nor stock, and its business is managed by a Board of Trustees. All money received is expended for the maintenance, operations and/or improvement of Acacia Memorial Park.
Acacia Memorial Park is operated for the exclusive use and benefit of Masons, Eastern Stars and their immediate families, and the rules and regulations adopted for its care and operations are designated to give all lot owners equal rights and protections.
Burial lots or sites in Acacia Memorial Park can only be purchased by a Master Mason or Eastern Star, in good standing in a body recognized by the Grand Lodge F. & A.M. of Ohio or by his or her immediate family.
The Association specifically reserves the right to refuse to sell a lot or site to any person or persons who do not qualify for ownership according to the Association’s Rules and Regulations.
Lots and sites in Acacia Memorial Park are exempt by law from taxation and cannot be seized for debt, attached by any process of law, nor can they be mortgaged.
Multiple burial lots or sites may be purchased either for cash or upon a monthly payment plan
A Single site is sold only on a cash basis.
No interment shall be permitted in any site until the full purchase price of the site to be used for interment has been paid in full.
CERTIFICATE OF OWNERSHIP
When a lot or site is completely paid for, the purchaser will be issued a Certificate of Ownership for the same.
The Certificate of Ownership to a lot or site conveys only perpetual burial rights to the owner. Title to the underlying land for all lots or sites remains in the Association.
A Certificate of Ownership does not confer the right to sell, transfer or assign the said lots or sites unless such sale, transfer or assignment shall have the prior written approval of the Association.
The owner may and is encouraged to record in writing with the Association a directive designating which members of his or her family are to be interred within his or her lot, and which sites are to be used for each respective member.
It shall be the responsibility of lot and site owners to notify the Association of any change in his or her post office address.
Interments may be made only by regular employees of the Association. All interments shall be authorized only upon written order of the Superintendent or an officer of the Association.
The fees for interment are set by the Association and are subject to change from time to time at the sole discretion of the Association. A schedule of fees is available at the Association’s office. Notice of all applicable fees shall be determined and provided to the appropriate parties upon placement of the order for interment. All applicable fees are due and payable in full at the time of interment.
An interment will not be permitted unless the body to be interred is accompanied by a proper burial permit or, in the case of a cremation, a Cremation Certificate.
A minimum of twenty-four (24) hours advance notice (not including Sunday) to the Association is required for any interment to allow for the preparation of a site, emergency situations excepted. For Saturday burials, notice shall be given to the Association by the close of business at 4:30 p.m. on the Thursday preceding the requested interment.
Only concrete, metal or fiberglass burial vaults approved by the Association will be permitted to be used. All vaults shall be purchased through your Funeral Director.
No interment will be made on a Sunday or a recognized holiday except by order of the Board of Health. Recognized holidays are: New Years Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Permits for disinterment will be issued by the Association only upon written request of the surviving spouse. By state law, all other requests for disinterment must go through the Cuyahoga County Probate Court or other court of competent jurisdiction.
In a single site it is permitted to inter the following: 1. one casket; 2. one casket and one urn; or 3. two urns. In a single cremation site, such as in The David Edwards Section, only one urn is permitted.
GRAVE MARKERS (HEADSTONES)
All grave markers used in Acacia Memorial Park are located at the foot of each grave site and must be of the “flush” or “grass level” type and shall be set level with the turf. No “double markers” are permitted and only one marker is permitted for each site. In the case of a subsequent burial of an urn in the same site with a casket or other urn, the additional name and dates may be inscribed on the existing marker if there is room and if the new name and dates can be properly centered. If there is insufficient room on the existing marker then the existing marker may be replaced with a new marker at the family’s sole expense.
No marker may be set in Acacia Memorial Park until the material, design, finish, size and proposed inscription thereon have been first submitted to and approved by the Superintendent or an officer of the Association.
Markers of any material other than granite are not permitted. Markers, other than in The Dave Edwards Cremation Section, shall be 24 inches long, 12 inches wide and from 4 to 6 inches deep. Markers in The Dave Edwards Cremation Section shall be 18 inches long, 10 inches wide and from 4 to 6 inches deep. Any black granite markers require a waiver of responsibility as to damages to be signed with the Association.
Construction of foundations and the setting of markers shall be done only by the employees of the Association. A schedule of fees for these services is available at the Association’s office. These fees are usually paid through the company from whom the marker is purchased
LANDSCAPING AND PLANTING
The Association will use its best efforts to maintain, to the extent that is practical, all of the trees and shrubs that serve as a background to and enhance the landscape features of Acacia Memorial Park.
The plantings of shrubs and trees or the installation of flower beds upon any lot or site is strictly prohibited.
All work required for the care of shrubs, trees, flower beds, lawn and landscaping shall be done solely by employees of the Association.
All trees, shrubs and plants, once planted in Acacia Memorial Park, become the sole property of the Association and not of any lot or site owner. In the sole discretion of the Association, whenever any tree, shrub or plant shall, by means of its roots, branches or general condition, become unsightly or detrimental to adjacent lots or sites or any roadway, driveway, walkway, or path, or otherwise inconvenient to the public, the Association reserves the right to enter upon any lot or site for the purpose of removing, pruning or trimming any such tree, shrub or plant.
DECORATION OF GRAVE SITES
INCLUDING CHRISTMAS WREATHS AND WINTER DECORATIONS
Potted plants will be permitted upon grave sites only at Easter, Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day, Memorial Day and Christmas. Potted plants are to remain for a period not to exceed ten (10) days from the day placed.
The Association reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to remove all flowers, potted plants, summer wreaths or baskets of flowers when they become withered, for any other aesthetic reason or for the best interests of the Acacia Memorial Park.
The Association furnishes in ground flower vases for your convenience which may be purchased at the Association’s office.
Metal emblems or markers, flags and guidons, are prohibited upon grave sites except at Memorial Day. Placement by authorized representatives of lodges, posts, camps, etc. is permitted no earlier than May 28th, and removal is required by June 3rd (unless it be a Sunday, then by June 4th). Those remaining after said date will be removed by the Association’s employees and discarded. The Association shall have no liability for the discarding of any such items.
Christmas winter wreaths may be purchased through the Association during the months of November and December. The purchase price includes placement on the designated site(s) by the Association’s employees.
No artificial flowers shall be permitted on any lot or site during the grass growing season (April 15th to November 15th).
Winter wreaths must be removed by Feb. 1st or they will be removed by the employees of the Association and discarded. The Association shall have no liability for the discarding of any such items.
The Superintendent and employees of the Association have been duly vested under the laws of the State of Ohio with authority as special police officers with power to arrest summarily all persons who violate any rules and regulations adopted by the Association. All persons are reminded that the grounds are sacredly devoted to the burial of the dead and that the provisions and penalties of the law, as provided by statute, will be strictly enforced in all cases.
The Association will use its best efforts to maintain adequate security within Acacia Memorial Park. Every effort will be made to protect flowers, shrubs, trees and other property within the grounds, but responsibility for their protection is not guaranteed and the Association shall not be liable therefore.
The use of the roadways, driveways, walkways, or paths in Acacia Memorial Park as public thoroughfares, throughways or highways, either by vehicles, bicycles or pedestrians, is prohibited. Violators of this rule shall be considered as trespassers and dealt with according to law.
The Association disclaims any responsibility or liability for accident, or damage to persons or property due to defects of machinery, implements, tools and equipment used in its operations.
No person with firearms, refreshments or liquors, is permitted to enter Acacia Memorial Park. No dogs are allowed in Acacia Memorial Park, except when kept within an automobile.
No bands are permitted except at military funerals or on Memorial Day.
Amendment to the
RULES AND REGULATIONS
Adopted April 28, 2004
The Acacia Park Cemetery Association reserves the right to correct either of the following classes of error caused by its Officials, Superintendent or Employees, without incurring liability:
- Where a wrongful interment, disinterment or removal of a body is made:
By re-interring the body or transferring it to the proper site at the sole expense of the Association.
- Where the wrong lot or site is conveyed or an error in the description is made:
By canceling the Certificate of Ownership and issuing a new Certificate of Ownership for the correct lot or site and/or with the correct description.
Adopted April 28, 2004
By The Board of Trustees
ALL RULES AND REGULATIONS BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
April 28, 2004