This redesign of Oakwood Cemetery is intended to reconnect residents of Austin with the city’s socio-ecological heritage through the ceremony of burial. Oakwood was the first city cemetery in Austin and has preserved traces of ecology that existed at the time of the city’s founding. Circulation would be concentrated into three different experiences: an elevated ridge path that crosses the site at a consistent elevation allowing visitors to experience the micro variations of the terrain; a below grade creek path that highlights hydrologic cycles and places visitors at eye level with existing burial monuments; and a dispersed circulation along existing pathways that brings visitors in close contact with features from Austin’s history. The site will be reactivated for new burial by the inclusion of columbaria along the sunken path and with elevated platforms for ceremonial gatherings. Maintenance practices will shift to preserve existing native trees and amplify native understory species. This will be achieved by replicating historic disturbance regimes and by including plot owners in a participatory restoration process. Currently, plots at Oakwood are privately maintained by families in the continuation of a tradition that goes back hundreds of years in the region. Plot owners will be able to opt in and derelict spaces will be incorporated into a plan that allows for a less manicured character. Much like Austin, Oakwood cemetery sits at the intersection of several different ecological zones. This mosaic of conditions will be amplified and maintained in a representation of the larger region that is associated with the city. In the next century, as increasingly mobile populations lose their connection to the physical location of a burial, the cemetery will be treated as a cultural artifact that invites residents of the city to interact with the ecological and cultural history of the place.