Why doesn't Cemetery Park in downtown Ventura have picnic tables, playground
equipment or facilities offered at other city parks?
"It's because of the headstones that we don't put stuff out,"
says Terry Murphy, park supervisor. "We have to maintain it as
Cemetery Memorial Park, commonly called Cemetery Park, cannot be used
for anything other than a public cemetery as stated in Section 8126
of the Health and Safety Code, and stipulated in the 1965 deed from
the Roman Catholic Archbishop. Failure to do so will cause the land
to revert to the grantor.
The park, which actually is a 7.09-acre historic site that originally
served as the city cemetery from 1862-1944, is bounded by Poli and Main
streets, and Aliso and Hemlock lanes.
After the cemetery fell into disrepair, the city acquired the land in
the 1960s and replaced standing grave monuments with flat headstones