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Some spots in Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse greatly overgrown

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Oakwood Cemetery is 160 acres. To keep everything clean cut and precise would be a herculean task, but some visiting their loved ones have been upset at the lack of care.

Deborah Dohne was visiting a relative, but also takes walks there.

“So, what I notice is that there are areas that are not mowed at all, so the grass is like two feet tall,” Dohne said.

Where is the grass the tallest? In the older parts of the cemetery, which don’t get nearly as much foot traffic as the newer ones down below.

“I’ve noticed that it changed a lot after COVID actually, and I suspect maybe they had a hard time hiring people,” Dohne said.

The outermost parts of the cemetery appear to be well-kept, but the historic parts up above are overlooked.

“I really don’t know what their plan is. I know that they work hard and they’re mowing as much as possible,” Dohne added.

Some of the families we talked to in the newer parts say they even bring their own weedwhackers to keep the sites of their loved ones intact.

“I think it would be optimum if it was taken care of better and also for the people coming to visit relatives,” Dohne said.

And for those historic graves who might not have anyone visiting them.

We did reach out to Oakwood Cemetery, but given the holiday, did not here back. We will update this story when we do.

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