The original master plan design for the cemetery called for a ramp alongside the wall supporting the columbaria. The ramp was in three sections rising 1″ for every 12′ of run with two resting platforms and a platform at the end where there would be entry into the bottom of the columbaria gallery.
The ramp was dropped from the permit plans due to its expense, the additional complexity of permits & water flow, and a great need to get what came in as a $3.4M project down into the $1.4M range we could afford and within the limit prescribed by the District.
The puzzle was how to route the path from the gate to the Memorial Garden given there are few open spaces between the rows of stones and licensed gravesites. Add to that the need for heavy equipment crossing the path makes for stronger foundation than one would suppose.
The answer is both elegant and simple…