Commemorative Benches

The Cincinnati Parks Foundation has temporarily suspended the Memorial Tree and Bench Program. It is our hope to resume the program soon.

Thank you for your interest in supporting Cincinnati Parks.


Honor a loved one with a dedicated bench in her/his favorite Cincinnati Park. Commemorative benches are available for a donation of $3,000* or more, which includes the bench, plaque and maintenance.

Selection & Installation

You may select up to three preferred parks for consideration. If you choose to request a specific location(s) within a preferred park(s), please include this in the comments field of the donation form. Benches can be requested to be placed at most Cincinnati Parks.*


Bench styles are chosen based on overall park architecture and placement. These factors are determined by Cincinnati Parks managers to ensure the commemorative bench will enhance the beauty of the park.

Installation depends on the following factors:

  • Time of year the request is received
  • Approval/availability of the bench style and the number of preceding orders.
  • The order in which bench requests are received.

*Please note that many parks located downtown/in the urban core are not accepting commemorative benches at this time, including, but not limited to, John G. & Phyllis W. Smale Riverfront Park, Washington Park, Piatt Park and Lytle Park. 

** Please note that the donation does not cover new concrete footings or other needs for bench installation. 


Included with each commemorative bench is a commemorative bench plaque. A maximum of 65 characters is recommended.
Please note that “Cincinnati Parks Foundation 20xx” will be printed on the bottom of each plaque.

Maintenance Period

The donation maintenance period is 10 years. Within this time, Cincinnati Parks Foundation will replace the bench or plaque, in the event of damage, at no cost to the donor. After ten years, the bench will be available for renewal for the cost of a new donation. The first right of refusal is given to the original donor. If the original donor declines renewal, the donated bench and plaque may be removed or rededicated at any time.

Donation Form

Please complete the donation form online. Once received, Cincinnati Parks Foundation will seek approval from the park superintendent and manager. Upon approval, the Foundation will provide a map with the bench installation location.

If you have any special requests, please include them in the comments section of the donation form.
For additional questions, please call the Cincinnati Parks Foundation office at (513) 861-0023 or email Emily Parker at