Public meeting on Nirvana Park is May 8

This sign, at the headway of the blocked off road, indicates that Nirvana Park is the home of the Old Eyak Cemetery. Photo by Cinthia Gibbens-Stimson/The Cordova Times

A public meeting is scheduled at the Cordova Center from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 8 to discuss recommendations of the Cordova Historical Society for restoration and preservation of Nirvana Park.

A core committee formed after the Rasmuson Foundation presented a $25,000 check to the society in July 2016 has made 10 recommendations for the project scope for reclamation of Cordova’s first burial grounds. The committee consisted of the Cordova Historical Society, Cordova Parks and Recreation Department, Native Village of Eyak, Eyak Burial Caucus, Cordova Public Works Department and Cordova Port and Harbor.

The recommendations range from recognizing the Spit and Nirvana Park as the first cemetery in Cordova to offering the community expanded recreation opportunities at the Skater’s Cabin Recreational Area, and creating interpretive signage for the Spit and Nirvana Park.

Other recommendations include linking the Spit, Nirvana Park and Pioneer cemeteries together through landscaping and signage, and asking the community to make the Spit and Nirvana Park non-motorized areas, via land, water, ice and snow, as are the Pioneer and City cemeteries.

Those unable to attend the public meeting are invited to submit their comments in letters to Cathy Sherman, at; Brooke Johnson,; and Susie Herschlief,