Alto Reste Cemetery

Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

Applied Expertise

  • Parks & Open Space
  • Visioning
  • Interpretive Planning
  • Public Involvment
  • Market Analysis


peter j. smith & company, inc. was retained by the City of Red Deer to create a Master Plan addressing eight remaining on-site acres and to develop a phasing plan for potential future land acquisition. The project included an analysis of social and demographic trends and public input to ensure that the city cemetery accommodates the needs of indigenous and immigrant populations – including religious and cultural groups outside of the Judeo-Christian traditions typically served.

The Master Plan proposes development of a sculpture garden, a new indoor chapel and columbarium, lot layout and inventory in two phases, trails and a pond and boardwalk overlook. The plan recommends development of a new ceremonial entrance remote from a busy intersection and site amenities to increase the overall appeal of the cemetery as a space for commemoration as well as a park.