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Make a Donation in Honor

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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 citywide or borough park project, a bench adoption, or a tree planting. You can also choose to send a card to friends or family at no additional charge.


Adopt a bench, and share your marriage proposals, memorials, birthday wishes, and more. When you adopt a bench in a City park, you can add a personalized message or inscription on a small plaque. Our bench adoptions, which are $2500 for an existing bench, support the upkeep and maintenance of that particular bench for 10 years.

To learn more about the Adopt-A-Bench program, please call (212) 360-8216 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or email Certain parks, such as Central Park, Bryant Park, and Madison Square Park, have bench adoption programs that are managed by the local conservancy.

Dedicate a Tree

Honor someone special by planting a new tree in a park or street. If you would like more information about planting or adopting a tree in honor of someone special, please call (212) 360-8213 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays or email

If you would prefer to donate by mail, please request a donation form and mailing information by calling (212) 360-8213 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays.

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Make a Donation to a Specific Park

Make a donation of $5,000 or more to a specific park of your choice. Donations of $10,000 or more receive a Park sign for one year. Please call (212) 360-8144 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday or email

Your Online Donation is Tax-Deductible

The City Parks Foundation is the not–for–profit partner of the City of New York/Parks & Recreation and the fiscal sponsor for online donations made here. City Parks Foundation is a tax-exempt organization and under section 501(c)(3) of the federal tax code, 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.

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

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