FALLBROOK – Those who have had occasion to use Santa Margarita Road lately may have noticed some changes at the public cemetery that began about a year ago.
The Fallbrook Masonic Lodge No. 317 now manages the daily goings on and has been making updates. Improvements to date include new irrigation, new drought tolerant grass, a second well, solar energy, a scattering garden and plans to build a columbarium or niche wall for urns. All the changes are geared toward long-term sustainability.
Many comments and much praise from the community have been received for the lodge’s efforts. Rest assured, however, that these changes are not the last of the improvements, according to lodge members. Long-term plans include two more niche walls and possibly a mausoleum.
There has been other community feedback as well. On several occasions, community members have expressed that they did not think the Masonic Cemetery, 1010 Hillcrest Lane, was a public cemetery, and in some cases, they did not even know that it was there. The staff is working to correct this issue. They said that the Fallbrook cemetery has been a part of the community since 1921. It is open to the public and serves all faiths. They are honored to have members of the military and, as the arch over the main drive indicates, their brother Masons and their families.
If anyone has questions or would like to meet the staff, they can stop by the maintenance building, keep an eye out for them at community functions, and look out for community events that will take place at the cemetery.