(Part of the Friends of Metro Parks Commemorative Tree & Bench Program). The cost for each bench at a Metro Park is $1,500.
This includes the bench, installation and a commemorative plaque. Benches are installed at approved sites in the order requests are received.
Installation depends on the time of year received and the number of preceding orders. Benches can be requested to be placed at most Metro Parks, until they reach maximum capacity.
You may select the specific park for your bench donation in the comments after selecting Commemorative Bench on the DONATION FORM. You may also request a specific area within the park, however the bench’s exact location will be determined by park staff based on the needs of the park.
Once the bench is installed, the contact person will receive a letter notifying them that the bench has been placed and a map showing the location of the bench. If the donor wishes, a card of acknowledgement will be sent to the recipient’s family advising that their loved one has been honored or commemorated in this special way.
A donation period will last 20 years. Within this time, Friends of Metro Parks will replace the bench, in the event of damage, at no cost to the donor.
After 20 years, the bench will be available for renewal for the cost of a new donation, with the first right of refusal given to the original donor. If the original donor opts not to renew, the donated bench and plaque may be removed or rededicated at any time.