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PILOT RE-OPENING PLAN

PUBLIC RECREATION PROGRAM

RULES AND REGULATIONS

PERMISSION TO ENTER THE CEMETERY GROUNDS IS CONDITIONED UPON YOUR AGREEMENT TO AND COMPLIANCE WITH THE CEMETERY'S RULES AND REGULATIONS

From the Rules and Regulations:

  • Three days/week: Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Hours: 8:00am to 6:00pm
  • Where: Enter only at Piedmont Avenue gate only. Sign In is required at the gate.
  • Dog Rules - Since the majority of the plot owners complaints have been the inconsideration shown by some of the dog owners, dogs will still be allowed but only so long as these rules are followed:
    • Limited to two dogs/person or family
    • On leash only (voice command does not qualify as a leash)
    • Leash Length - 8’ maximum
    • Bring your own poop bags – clean up after your pet
    • Must stay on paved roads and paths
    • Prohibited from plots and indoor areas
    • No aggressive or agitated dogs
    • No paid dog walkers
    • To be clear: Owners are responsible for their pets
  • Other Rules
    • No unauthorized alcohol
    • Fresh cut flowers only
    • No loud vehicles or music
    • No skateboards
    • No scooters
    • All gatherings including events and picnics must have prior Cemetery approval
    • All filming and photography projects must have prior Cemetery written authorization 
  • The Cemetery reserves the sole right to modify or cancel, the pilot program without notice.
  • Cemetery Rules and Regulations are required for the safety of the public, customers and Staff; violation by anyone, may subject them to immediate removal from premises.



FAQs

• Contrary to public perception, MVC is a private non-profit cemetery providing mortuary and cemetery services to the public. Unlike other open spaces in Oakland, it does not receive any public or church funding. Costs to host the public, such as security, events and trash collection, are borne by plot owners.
• While Mountain View Cemetery and the plot owners recognize that the majority of the public were respectful of the graves and surroundings, before the Covid mandated closure to the public, MVC and the families of the those buried at MVC, suffered negative consequences of its generosity—everything from vandalism, to speeding vehicles, loud pipes and music, dogs unleashed running across plots, dog owners failing to pick up their dog’s poop, and litter from picnics.
• In the year since closure, the families of the interred, have enjoyed the quiet, peaceful serenity of the cemetery, and they, the owners of Mountain View Cemetery are not in favor of re-opening to the public. Through this pilot program, MVC hopes to reassure its customers that the serenity of cemetery can co-exist with re-opening to the public.

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