First established in 1843, with a little over 22 acres, the Historic Linden Grove Cemetery and Arboretum is the largest greenspace in the urban core area of Covington Kentucky. There are over 22,000 burials, and 250 individually identified and managed trees on their grounds.
The need for parks and green space in Covington’s Urban Core has been identified in several planning documents, including the “Building Covington’s Future” Strategic Plan adopted in 2006, and Vision 2015. The 2008 Linden Gateway Small Area Study found that the Westside and Peaselburg neighborhoods are particularly deficient in open green space, tree canopy and pervious surfaces. Linden Grove Cemetery is the largest green space within Covington’s urban core and represents a significant exception to that deficiency.
Providing this site as a usable green space for passive recreational activities (consistent with the sacred and solemn character of this site) will offer a two-fold benefit: 1) it addresses the critical shortage of parks and green space in the urban core of Covington; and 2) it helps to improve the vitality and viability of the surrounding neighborhoods.
The increased publicity and awareness of the cemetery has generated new interest in the surrounding neighborhoods, helping to transform them into vibrant destinations. For 50 years, from 1948 to 1998, the Linden Grove grounds stagnated in a state of disrepair when the entire property was placed into receivership.
The interest and appeal of restoring Linden Grove is evidenced by the scope of support and level of participation of a wide variety of organizations that have partnered with the Friends of Linden Grove over the past 7 years. A number of volunteers, donations and grants have helped transform the grounds in a relatively short amount of time.