Memorial Tree & Bench Program
The West Chicago Park District has opportunities available to memorialize your loved ones by purchasing a bench or a tree to be placed in the District's park system.
Memorial trees are a great way to honor a loved one and also be friendly to the environment. Memorial trees must be purchased through the District and can be done so at any time throughout the year. However, the trees will only be planted in the spring and fall of each calendar year. As the purchaser of a memorial tree, you may choose from a shade or flowering tree. After installation, purchasers will be notified of the exact location of their specific memorial tree so that everyone wishing to remember their loved ones can visit it. Due to maintenance issues, a memorial plaque is not included with a memorial tree or permitted after installation. The total cost of a memorial tree is $300, which includes the purchase and installation of a tree, and a 1-year warranty.
Memorial benches are another way to memorialize a loved one and also enhance the aesthetics of the District's park system. Memorial benches must be purchased through the District and can be done so at any time throughout the year. Weather permitting, the installation of the benches can only be completed from April - October and will be completed at the earliest possible date from the District's receipt of the bench. After installation, the purchaser will be notified of the exact location of the bench so that everyone wishing to remember their loved ones can visit it. The District offers a choice of a 6-foot bench with an 8" X 2" plaque for $1500.00 or an 8-foot bench with a 10" x 13" plaque for $1720.00. The Parks Superintendent or designee must approve memorial messages.
The West Chicago Park District cannot accept memorial trees or benches purchased outside of the framework listed above. The Parks Recreation Department makes the final determination as to where memorial benches and trees are placed within the park system. The West Chicago Park District is not responsible for damage to the memorial donation as a result of weather or vandalism. The West Chicago Park District does not guarantee the lifespan of a tree donation past the 1-year warranty period. The memorial benches have a 5-year warranty on product defects only, deemed as such solely by the manufacturer. The West Chicago Park District will remove damaged benches or diseased and non-living trees at their discretion.
Please fill out a Memorial Tree and Bench Request Form located below and return to: West Chicago Park District, 201 W. National Street, West Chicago, IL 60185 or firstname.lastname@example.org