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Memorial Gifts

Our parks, gardens and open spaces are part of what makes living in Tacoma so special.  The gift of a park bench, picnic table, tree or bush is a great way to honor or remember a loved one and support Metro Parks Tacoma (MPT).

Memorial donations shall only be accepted with the full understanding and agreement of the donor that MPT may dispose of any donated item when it reaches the end of its useful life as determined by the appropriate District department.  The applicable department, at its sole discretion, determines if the donation is unsuitable, unusable or surplus to the District’s needs.

Adopting a park bench, picnic table, tree or bush is considered a tax deductible donation through the Greater Metro Parks Foundation.  If you are interested, contact Jennifer Wolbrecht in the Resource Development office – jenniferw@tacomaparks.com or (253) 305-1071.

ADOPT A PARK BENCH
 
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NEW BENCH WITH PLAQUE IN A NEW LOCATION - $5,000
(currently no bench is located there)
OR
NEW BENCH WITH PLAQUE IN AN EXISTING LOCATION - $4,000
(replace existing bench that is at the end of its useful life)
  • Different benches are used in various parks.  The type of bench used is determined by the Superintendent for Parks Maintenance in accordance with the park’s master plan.
  • The life of a park bench is approximately 10 years.  However, if the bench is moved, stolen, broken, or otherwise rendered unfit for continued use or exhibition, MPT may dispose of it when it reaches the end of its useful life as determined by MPT.  Historic and Cultural Resources and Resource Development shall make every effort to notify the donor before the disposition of the park bench to allow them to adopt a park bench again in the same location or have the plaque returned to them.
ADOPT A PICNIC TABLE - $6,000
 
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Different picnic tables are used in various parks.  The type of picnic table used is determined by the Superintendent for Parks Maintenance in accordance with the park’s master plan.

The life of a picnic table is approximately 10 years.  However, if the picnic table is moved, stolen, broken, or otherwise rendered unfit for continued use or exhibition, MPT may dispose of it when it reaches the end of its useful life as determined by MPT.  Historic and Cultural Resources and Resource Development shall make every effort to notify the donor before the disposition of the picnic table to allow them to adopt a picnic table again in the same location or have the plaque returned to them.
ADOPT A TREE OR BUSH - $750

 

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Different trees and bushes are used in various parks.  The location and species of tree or bush used is determined by the Metro Parks Tacoma Arborist in accordance with each park’s master plan.  Planting of the tree or bush will be when it is conducive to healthiest growth as determined by the Arborist.  There will not be a plaque on or around the tree or bush.  MPT does not allow a plaque or similar item to be attached to, or inscribed in, a living organism including trees or bushes.  A certificate will be presented to the family in honor of or remembrance of their loved one.

Lifespan – if a tree or bush dies within the first year it will be replaced by MPT.  After that, there is no guarantee how long a tree or bush will live.  Historic and Cultural Resources and Resource Development shall make every effort to notify the donor if a tree or bush dies or is moved to allow them to adopt a tree or bush again.