A needed enhancement to the Village Cemetery!
A columbarium is a structure with compartments (niches) that will permanently house cremation urns. These structures are typically constructed from granite, which requires little maintenance other than cleaning.
In the last few years, cremation has become more popular as an option for the final disposition of loved ones remains. Statistics now show that over 50% of deaths result in the interment of cremation ashes.
Information from local funeral homes indicate that members of the community are seeking alternatives to a full in-ground burial for their deceased family members or their own planning. Some people do choose to keep the cremation urns of their loved ones at home, but many more are seeking a more permanent resting place.
Members of the local community who wished to utilize a public columbarium were required to purchase cremation niches in other communities or counties.
The Board of Directors of the Ballston Spa Cemetery Association concluded in 2018 that the Ballston Spa Village Cemetery and the community at large would be well served by the addition of a columbarium units(s) as a viable option for interment in the cemetery.
The installed first columbarium for our cemetery has 60 niches (30 each side). These niches hold 2 (two) cremation urns each.
While the cost of a grave for in-ground burial is less expensive, cremation niches do not need or require a casket, vault/grave liner or a monument; saving thousands of dollars per interment.
Our columbarium resides in an area of the cemetery that easily accessible in our newest section ‘G’. It allows for visitors and funeral services parking without obstructing traffic on main cemetery roads.
Pricing for each niche allows a modest profit to the cemetery. The cost of the unit itself, foundation, benches and landscaping were calculated to develop our prices.