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City of Des Moines Municipal Cemeteries
Frequently Asked Questions About Our Cemeteries
Where is the cemetery office located?
What are the gate hours of the cemetery and hours of the mausoleums?
From the first Sunday in April through the last Saturday in October, cemetery grounds will be open to the public from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. From the day after the last Saturday in October through the first Saturday in April, cemetery grounds will be open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Mausoleums open upon request at 8:00 a.m. and closes at 4:00 p.m.
How much notice do I need to give before a burial can take place?
Can I prepay for the cost of my grave opening?
Can I bury a cremation on my own?
Do you have a veterans section?
Can I feed birds and fish in the pond or pick flowers at the cemetery?
No, as part of the City ordinance, no person shall gather flowers, either wild or cultivate, break trees, shrubbery or plants or feed or disturb the birds, fish or other animals in the cemetery.
Can I have my dog in the cemetery?
Can I learn to drive in the cemetery?
We observe teens and their parental guides maneuvering around the grounds, but we weren't so excited when we had to call the police department for a car vs. headstone accident. Damages to headstones/car may cost thousands of dollars. Some of our headstones are art in their right, and the family expects a level of safety, as they should, for that property. We suggest finding a nearby parking lot or neighborhood.
Can I plant flowers by a headstone?
Does the Cemetery periodically clean off grave spaces?
How many cremations can be buried on a grave space?
Are there facilities for indoor services in the event of inclement weather?
What do I do if I have a question that isn't listed here?