The Friends’ Commemorative Tree & Bench Program allows groups and individuals to donate trees and benches to honor or commemorate friends or loved ones as well as commemorate special events. Trees and benches purchased through the program are planted or placed in a scenic location at one of the Metro Parks.

Your gift will be a wonderful remembrance or commemoration of a special occasion that adds beauty to the natural environment. It is also a valuable contribution to the Metro Parks system utilized by people of all ages and abilities. 

A donation period will last 20 years for the bench and the lifetime of the tree. The bench donation includes a commemorative plaque and installation at approved sites in the order requests are received. For the trees, a commemorative plaque will be located at the specific park’s nature center or easily accessible common area. A comprehensive list of native trees can be found at

The cost for each tree planted is $250 and for each bench installed is $1,500. These donations qualify as a charitable contribution tax deduction.

More details are available by downloading the Friends' Trees & Benches Program brochure at Friendstreebenchform.pdf. Print out the brochure and mail in a check, or log in and donate online. Donations can be made by clicking here.