Sponsor a Special Bench or Tree!

Honor the memory of a relative, friend, or a birthday, wedding, anniversary, retirement or other special event with a Commemorative Bench or Tree!

Your tax deductible donation will serve as a tribute while also helping your parks! Park Authority staff will install a recognition plaque on every commemorative bench. Since plaques are not permitted for trees or other living landscape elements, you may request a special certificate for each commemorative tree.

Please note that no new bench locations remain available at Riverbend Park or Scotts Run Nature Preserve. No bench requests for Burke Lake Park, Historic Huntley or Huntley Meadows will be accepted until further notice; however, locations are available at other parks. No new benches are being accepted for FCPA’s Stream Valley Parks.

Please note that NO new living tree plantings are being accepted for Green Spring Gardens; however, adoptions of existing mature trees are available for adoption. New tree plantings are available at other parks.

Photo of bench.
"Sponsoring a park bench along one of our favorite trails seemed an ideal way of honoring the memory of my late wife. The Park Foundation helped me select a very nice spot and I couldn't be more pleased with how the bench and accompanying plaque turned out!"
- Jim Davidson, Annandale, VA

Benches

You may choose any park or golf course that has a suitable bench available for adoption.  A new bench may only be installed in a park where the manager has identified a need. Some parks and golf courses use different bench styles in keeping with their functions and landscaping. The park manager will work with you in selecting an appropriate bench type and location in the park.

Bench recognition plaques will typically be up to 4" x 10" with ½" lettering. Wording is subject to approval by the Park Authority.

Bench Sponsorship Levels

  • New Bench $2,800 and up * (Please add $62 convenience fee if donating via credit card or Paypal)
  • Adopted Bench $1,000 ** (Please add $22 convenience fee if donating via credit card or Paypal)

*  If a non-standard bench style is preferred and acceptable to the park manager, the cost may be higher.
** Pending availability of an existing bench suitable for adoption.

Bob McLelland and family.
Bob McLelland enjoys a special bench sponsored in his honor by his loving family.

Within a period of ten years following the donation of a steel bench and five years following the donation of a wood bench, the Park Authority will repair or replace the bench if it is severely damaged. To learn more, e-mail the Park Foundation or call 703-324-8532.

Trees

Tree.

You may choose any park or golf course with planting availability for your tree donation. The park manager will work with you in selecting a native tree species and location for planting. Your tree will be approximately 1-1/2"-2-1/2" in diameter and 6'-8' tall depending on species.
Donations will be accepted throughout the year. However, to assure successful rooting, trees will be planted only twice per year - spring and fall.

Tree Sponsorship Levels

  • New Tree $1,500 and up * (Please add $33 convenience fee if donating via credit card or Paypal)
  • Adopted Tree $500 ** (Please add $11 convenience fee if donating via credit card or Paypal)

*  If a non-standard tree style is preferred and acceptable to the park manager, the cost may be higher.
** Pending availability of an existing tree suitable for adoption.

This includes planting by a commercial nursery and regular watering during the first season of growth.

You may also choose to adopt an existing tree whose location or appearance is meaningful to the honoree.

Within a period of three years following the donation, the Park Authority will replace the tree if staff determines that it has died or been severely damaged.

Since plaques are not permitted for commemorative trees, an attractive certificate that is suitable for presentation to the honoree or family is available upon request.

General Information

Full funding for the donation must be received in advance.

Some sponsors choose to donate more than the minimum sponsorship.  Remaining funds after the design, fabrication, delivery and installation of the bench, plaque and pad (where applicable) will help Fairfax County parks.

Donated benches and trees are the property of the Park Authority and are maintained at the same level as other park benches and trees.

The Park Authority retains the right to relocate a donated bench and replant or replace a donated tree in a new location. Staff will attempt to contact the donor to select the new location, but the park manager will make the final decision.