By: Adam Reeson
As a headstone company in Regina, Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery is a place we visit often. This modern, park-style cemetery in the south-east end of Regina, Saskatchewan is a tranquil resting place for thousands of Queen City citizens – including my own family. Given how special this cemetery is to us both personally and professionally, our latest blog post is All About Riverside Cemetery in Regina.
History of Riverside Cemetery
As the historic Regina Cemetery started to reach capacity, the City of Regina created a new, park-style cemetery in the emerging east end of the city. The new graveyard was established in 1953, located just north of Wascana Creek. Sort of makes you wonder why it wasn’t called “Creekside Cemetery”?
Bad jokes aside, the new cemetery was built to offer a beautifully landscaped setting to create a more natural destination for people to visit their loved one’s, or just take a walk. Today, Riverside Memorial Park offers a wide variety of internment options to the hundreds of families they serve each year – regardless if they choose casket burial, cremation burial, or inurnment in a columbarium.
Headstones and Monuments at Riverside Cemetery
We might be biased, but the best part of any cemetery is the memorial art – also known as headstones or grave markers.
One of my favourite stories from my late Grandfather about the history of the monument industry in Regina is how the headstone regulations at Riverside Memorial Park was decided. As the story goes, the City of Regina wanted to only allow flat markers, which they believed would make grounds maintenance more efficient. The local monument companies opposed that idea, as did many local citizens who didn’t want to be denied the opportunity to memorialize their loved one with an above ground, upright headstone.
So, the City of Regina introduced a compromise by legislating that sloping, pillow-style headstones would be the only type of above-ground memorialization permitted at Riverside Cemetery.
These headstones typically feature the family name engraved on the front and back, with names, dates and carvings on the top surface. Today, these sloping memorials, typically made of granite or marble, can be seen throughout the vast picturesque landscape of Riverside Memorial Park.
Decades later, the City of Regina amended their bylaws to allow upright headstones to be installed in certain areas of the cemetery. This flexibility renewed enthusiasm for memorialization by Regina families, who have since created many unique and beautiful memorial headstones in the south end of the cemetery.
A Special Place
For generations of Regina families, Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery continues to be a place of recreation and remembrance. And like I said earlier, that sentiment definitely rings true for a family like mine, who gathered in that tranquil setting to honour our Grandmother in 2019.
For Frontier Monuments, I’m Adam Reeson.