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Make a Donation in Honor: Adopt a Bench, Dedicate a Tree

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Looking for a way to honor a loved one or celebrate a special occasion? Make a contribution to NYC Parks in the name of someone special! You can give towards a park project, a bench adoption, or a tree planting. To make a general donation to NYC Parks, please visit our Make a Donation page. 

Adopt a Bench

Give a meaningful, green gift with Adopt-a-Bench. Share a birthday wish, honor an important community member or beloved pet, make a marriage proposal, or remember other special occasions!

As part of your bench adoption, we’ll install a plaque engraved with a personal message on the bench, and maintain it for the next 10 years.

Benches are available in all boroughs. Call (212) 360-8216 or email AdoptABench@parks.nyc.gov to find the perfect location in an NYC Park. Your contributions are tax-deductible, and matching gifts are accepted.

Certain parks, including Central Park and Bryant Park, are managed by local conservancies which oversee these bench adoption programs.

Dedicate a Tree

Plant a new tree in a park or on a street in honor of a loved one. Our Forestry Division will help you select a location and tree species. You can also make a donation to have a Tree Guard with an engraved plaque installed around a street tree bed. Your donation supports tree guards, tree planting, and sidewalk repair. Call (718) 760-4009 or email NYTreeTrust@parks.nyc.gov to learn more.


Donations are Tax-Deductible

The City Parks Foundation is the not–for–profit partner of the City of New York/NYC Parks and is the fiscal sponsor for our online donations. City Parks Foundation is a tax-exempt organization and under section 501(c)(3) of the federal tax code, so your contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. City Parks Foundation will be named as the donation recipient on your statement.

Disclosure

NYC Parks is required to disclose certain information regarding donations to the City of New York Conflicts of Interest Board every six months.

Under no circumstances will donors receive special access to City officials or preferential treatment as a result of a donation.

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