Seven Stones, a botanical gardens cemetery, will be the first of its kind nationwide — and the first cemetery to be built in Douglas County since 1875, when Cedar Hill Cemetery in Castle Rock broke ground.
On April 23, Seven Stones broke ground on a 35-acre parcel of land located at North Rampart Range Road, just south of Chatfield Reservoir. The grounds are to include botanical features such as strolling paths, artistic sculptures, pavilions, fire pits, water features and outdoor gathering and seating areas.
The Seven Stones vision is a good fit for Douglas County, said Katia de Orbegoso, president of the Roxborough Business Association.
“We’re all about the Colorado lifestyle,” she said. “We welcome the creativity that fits into our beautiful landscape.”
In addition to the botanical features, Seven Stones will offer estate style, green, casket and traditional lawn burials, plus cremation, garden mausoleum and even pet burial and cremation options.
Families will have a lot of flexibility to cater to their individual needs, said Doug Flin, vice president of planning and product development.
Seven Stones will “create a venue that engages people in a number of ways,” he said. “Our goal is to enhance the family’s remembrance experience through innovation and expertise in design.”
Incorporating technology is a big part of Seven Stones’ vision, Flin said. There will be integrated sound with music and lighting, and the gathering spaces may host some evening events, such as art shows people can enjoy with the ability to purchase art for memorialization. Also, a memory medallion with an integrated QR code on monuments will allow each person’s life story to be remembered and shared.
“We created Seven Stones because we saw the need for a different final resting place — a more welcoming place for loved ones to truly want to visit,” said Charlie Piper, executive chairman of Seven Stones in a media release.
Construction on Seven Stones will be done in five phases, Flin said, with a number of sub-phases within the project. Phase I consists of about five acres of the land, and includes an entrance, a burial ground and a discovery center — a resource where people can go to learn about the industry. Construction is proposed to begin in about six to eight weeks, Flin said, and should last about five or six months.
Sales will begin within six weeks, he said.
Seven Stones’ founding partners have put a lot of creative ideas into place, said Andrea LaRew, president of the Highlands Ranch Chamber of Commerce.
They “are innovative, and pioneering a unique, new concept,” she said. “It’s exciting that they chose Douglas County to be the site of their vision.”
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