Letter to Friends

October 22, 2014

Did you happen to walk through Historic Linden Grove Cemetery and Arboretum this past summer? If you did, you know it is a beautiful and peaceful site. If you didn’t, you really missed quite a show. The omnipresent green, the new floral gardens, the new Korean War Memorial and the new trees make it quite a special place in the middle of the city.

At more than 22 acres, Historic Linden Grove Cemetery & Arboretum is the largest green space in the heart of Covington and is within easy walking distance of more than 45% of the City’s population. It has nearly 2 miles of walking trails, as well as hundreds of different species of trees and plants. It is the final resting place for many of Covington’s founders, 4 Congressmen, a Civil War general, America’s veterans from every war since the War of 1812 and dozens of other famous and infamous people. Linden Grove is a microcosm of the City’s history.

Yet there are thousands of Northern Kentuckians who don’t even know about Linden Grove and have never visited this special place.

Over the years, I have spoken to so many people who wanted to visit the Cemetery and simply couldn’t figure out how to get in. The entrance is on an alley, set back in the 1400 block of Holman Avenue. There is only one entrance into the Cemetery and it’s very hard to find.

If we are going to make Linden Grove into a premier urban green space, the Cemetery needs a new and more visible entrance. The Cemetery’s Master Plan, adopted in 2009, specifies a new vehicular entrance on West 13th Street, opposite the terminus of Lee Street. This new entrance will provide direct access from West 12th Street/MLK Boulevard. A new entrance with improved accessibility and visibility is the key to getting more people to appreciate the Cemetery’s natural beauty and historic significance.

This new entryway is the single most important and most expensive capital improvement identified in the Historic Linden Gove Cemetery and Arboretum Master Plan. I’ve enclosed a graphic that depicts the new entryway so you can see what it will look like when it’s completed.

Making this new entryway a reality is a game changer for the Cemetery.

In June this year, the Cemetery Board committed $15,000 towards the construction of the new entryway on West 13th Street. In August, the Friends of Linden Grove, Inc. made a commitment of $5,000 towards the construction of the new entryway. The construction of this new entryway is such a high priority that both organizations unanimously voted to obligate these funds, despite their very limited resources. Even Mother of God Cemetery is helping out on this project – they donated the wrought iron gates from their former entrance which are valued at more than $5,000.

Unfortunately, the funds being provided by the Cemetery Board and the Friends of Linden Grove and the in kind donation from Mother of God Cemetery represent less than 25% of the total funding needed to build this new entryway. The Friends of Linden Grove are working hard to raise the rest of the money needed for the estimated $100,000 cost of the new entryway.

We need your help to construct this new entrance and I want you to be part of this important effort.

As Covington prepares to celebrate its bicentennial in 2015, I can’t think of a more fitting project to commemorate this important milestone in the City’s history than a brand new entrance for one of its most historically significant landmarks.

Your contribution of $50, $100, $500 or more will help us to complete this important project.

I hope that you will join me and the Friends of Linden Grove in this important effort by making a contribution before the end of 2014. You’ll feel good knowing that your support for this important project will have a very visible and lasting impact for generations to come. You’ll feel even better knowing that your donation to the Friends of Linden Grove for the betterment of Linden Grove Cemetery is deductible for Federal income tax purposes.


Marshall Slagle,