You can add one more group to Austin Parks and Recreation Department's long list of peeved constituents: cemetery preservationists ["Then There's This: Parks and Rec in Review
," News, Dec. 28]. PARD's inability to come up with a fair renewal contract with its longtime contract care provider has put the city directly back into the cemetery business. PARD is putting out for bid a contract that no one in his right mind would sign up for. In the meantime, PARD is scrambling to find funds, equipment, and personnel to bury the dead in city-owned cemeteries. PARD has refused to follow through on its own initiated studies as to making the cemeteries financially viable. In the meantime, sites like Oakwood Cemetery continue to deteriorate at an alarming rate. Soon, there won't be anything to preserve, and another historic piece of Austin's (our) history will be forever lost.