- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) - Plans that have been in the works for more than 20 years to expand a Wichita Falls cemetery are starting to move forward.

The Wichita Falls City Council on Tuesday awarded a professional services agreement to a company for preparation of construction for the first phase of the project at Riverside Cemetery.

Riverside Cemetery, one of the oldest cemeteries in the city, is at maximum capacity with about 18,000 graves. Jack Murphy, Director of Parks and Recreation, says they get several calls a week, but have to tell residents the cemetery is full.

The expansion will be both within the existing cemetery and into the acquired land adjacent to it.

The city plans to add several features for beautification, increased revenue and additional space in a multi-phased approach.

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