ALCD provides cemetery operations and maintenance services to the Alamo Cemetery and Lafayette Cemetery. The boundaries of ALCD include portions of various incorporated areas, including the southwestern portion of the City of Walnut Creek, the majority of the City of Lafayette and the Town of Danville, the eastern portion of the City of San Ramon, and the unincorporated communities of Alamo, Blackhawk, Diablo, and a portion of the unincorporated community of Walden (in the area of Contra Costa Centre north of Walnut Creek). The District has a boundary area of approximately 84 square miles, and serves a population of approximately 162,700.
- 3 Member Board
162,696 residents of Lafayette, Danville, Alamo, Diablo, Blackhawk, Rossmoor, and portions of San Ramon and Walnut Creek.
To provide interment services as well as sale of interment rights and niche sales to District residents. To maintain and preserve the cemeteries.
Year-round cemetery maintenance, burial rights and niche sales, opening and closing of grave plots and niches as needed.
Patricia Howard, Superintendent/General Manager
Address: PO Box 1955, Lafayette, CA 94549
CSDA, Contra Costa Chapter
About the Alamo Cemetery
The Alamo Cemetery is located at 130 El Portal, in the Town of Danville. There are approximately 1,400 occupied plots at the cemetery. The cemetery has reached capacity for inground burials; however, niches are available for cremated remains. The District reported that there were 18 niches available for purchase, as of November 2009. The District plans to add 370 new niches at the cemetery in FY 09-10. Once these niches are added, the cemetery will have capacity for at least 15 years based on recent niche placement rates and projected population growth.
About the Lafayette Cemetery
The Lafayette Cemetery is located at 3285 Mount Diablo Boulevard, in the City of Lafayette. There are approximately 2,200 occupied plots at the cemetery. The District reported that there were 500 regular plots and 12 niches available for purchase, as of November 2009. The District plans to add 160 new niches at the cemetery in FY 09-10. With the additional niches at the cemetery, the facility will have capacity for at least eight years of niche placements, and at least 18 years of single body in-ground burials, based on recent niche placement rates and projected population growth. It should be noted that these capacity estimates are highly conservative, because if customers opt for in-ground cremation burial (as opposed to an in-ground full body burial), up to six urns can be buried in a single plot, significantly extending the usable life of the cemetery.
No short-term capacity issues were identified for ALCD, assuming that planned additions of niches are completed in FY 09-10. The District has taken a proactive approach in expanding capacity by continuing to add interment niches at both cemetery facilities as the number of available in-ground burial lots have decreased. Because niches can be constructed vertically along walls and walkways, and because a single niche can accommodate up to two urns, much higher densities can be achieved with cremation interments than traditional full body in-ground burials. It is important, however, that the District plan for long-term facility needs, including acquiring and developing new cemetery facilities. Public cemetery districts have the legal responsibility to continue providing cemetery services by obtaining and developing more land as existing facilities reach capacity. ALCD reported that adding niches is the only method of increasing capacity currently available to the district, due to the high cost of land within the district, and limited finances.