Visitors to the beleaguered Glendale cemetery on Sunday, May 25, 2008, line up at a table near the gate to get information and directions. They get assistance from volunteers including plaintiff’s attorney Paul Ayers and blogger Lisa Burks.
The Grand View Memorial Park cemetery hours this Sunday are from noon to 4 p.m..
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Anthony Mohr signed an order on Tuesday, June 24, granting the public visitation on June 29, as well as two more on July 13 and July 27. I got an e-mail today about the order from attorney Paul Ayers.
The judge’s order allows visitors to clean grave markers, hand trim dried grass, to water the grass by hand, and to leave commemorative items at the gravesites.
The 124-year-old cemetery has been struggling with management and legal problems since the fall of 2005, when a state investigator discovered the remains of four thousand bodies that had been improperly handled. Some of the human remains dated back to the 1930’s.
After being closed for a number of months, Grand View was opened for two short public visitations in March and May of 2008.