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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

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 support the upkeep and maintenance of that particular bench for the next 10 years.

Your contributions are tax-deductible and Matching Gifts are accepted.

To learn more about the Adopt-A-Bench program, please call (212) 360-8216 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, or email AdoptABench@parks.nyc.gov. 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, please call (718) 760-4009 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, or email nytreetrust@parks.nyc.gov. Certain parks, such as Central Park, Bryant Park, and Madison Square Park, have local conservancies that manage tree programs.

Make a Donation to a Specific Park

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. on Mondays through Fridays.

Donations are 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. 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 the donation.

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