News at EDA Land Planning 

New Cremation Garden in Cemetery has Mature Look and Feel.
The new cremation garden and committal pavilion at Mills and Mills Memorial Park, a cemetery in Tumwater, Washington was designed by EDA Land Planning and is now complete. Though the construction is new, the garden feels as though it’s been there a long time. The project site was within a mature stand of Douglas Fir trees in which the cemetery planning and design team worked around and with the mature trees to create the garden. Tree estates, companion markers, individual markers, and family columbaria were woven into a peaceful wooded area with gravel paths, rhododendrons, and dogwoods. The crowning feature of the garden is a committal pavilion with timber log construction reminiscent of the National Parks lodges.  Stone faced columns with companion cremation niches support the timber log construction and add to the natural beauty of the structure.  The pavilion fits within its context and looks as though it’s meant to be there.  It all adds up to a quiet and peaceful atmosphere and a truly natural garden with great beauty. 

Mills and Mills Cremation Pavioion
Park Projects in the Southern Nevada
EDA Land Planning continues to provide design work for park projects in Southern Nevada. EDA has just finished the design work for Indian Hills Park, a small 10 Acre park for the City of Las Vegas. The firm has just helped the City of Mesquite secure a R&PP lease from the BLM for the Mesquite Regional Park. Finally, EDA landplanning is in the initial stages of site analysis for a flag ship 100 acre park and trail system for the City of Henderson.

3-D Innovations
EDA Land Planning continues to lead the way in 3-D interactive computer models.  Cities and developers are realizing the benefits of presenting these models at planning commission meetings, city council meetings and in-house reviews of a project.  Most people are unable to visualize 2 dimensional plans.  Even the best construction plans and plan view color renderings are difficult for some to understand.  A 3-D interactive model eliminates all of the guess work for those unfamiliar with plan representations.  Recently EDA Land Planning created a 3-D model for a project in St. George, Utah in which the model illustrated exactly what the development would be like.  The model was based on aerial photos, topographic data, and  proposed plans for both the building and the site.  EDA Land Planning took city officials on a digital tour of the project showing the development from various points of views and fly-throughs. The developer received his approval and City officials appreciated seeing the project from all angles. It makes it a lot easier to approve something a person can see and understand.  

Cemetery Realizes Immediate Results 
Even before construction was finished on a new cremation garden, Valley of the Sun Cemetery in Chandler Arizona saw  an upswing in burial sales and an increase in pricing.   Master planned and designed by EDA Land Planning, the garden represents a substantial investment in capital improvements with an immediate positive impact on revenues.  EDA Land Planning developed the product mix which included various types of cremation burials and traditional lawn burials.  With a custom pavilion and water feature, the garden is a desert oasis with a peaceful and calming experience for patrons  to enjoy.  EDA Land Planning's design services added value to the cemetery and created an outstanding memorial landscape.  

Mesquite Regional Park Master Plan Presented at the Mayor's Breakfast
The Mesquite Regional Park Master Plan was warmly received by residents and City Council members alike at the Mayor's Breakfast.  Introduced by Mayor Bill Nichols and presented by City Manager Tim Hacker and Landscape Architect Greg Graham of EDA Land Planning, the presentation impressed those in attendance.  The project represents the open space heart of the city.  "Its the desert version of Central Park in Manhattan" highlighted Graham.  The park sits within 660 acres of unique native desert land with 135 acres of developed park site and the remaining preserved in its native condition.  Residents will be able to enjoy  active recreational activities such as soccer, baseball, basket ball, long ball drive, and tennis.  They will also be able to enjoy passive recreation opportunities including  7 miles of trails in natural desert areas, picnicking, open play turf areas, amphitheater performances, and a botanical garden.