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Madison Parks Tribute Gifts

Madison Parks Foundation accepts tribute gifts as a special way to commemorate and pay tribute to a special person, birthday, anniversary, retirement or event. Your gift can support any of your favorite park programs such as Goodman Pool Scholarships, Dog Parks, or Conservation Parks, to name a few. To acknowledge tribute gifts, Madison Parks will, at your direction, prepare a special letter for the honoree or occasion with a personalized message from you.

Madison Parks Memorial Gifts

Making a gift to the Madison Parks is a wonderful way to honor the passing of a loved one. Madison Parks supports the needs and principles of allowing memorials in parks and green space areas, but is also mindful that these facilities have many uses and are enjoyed by a wide range of people. Therefore, the city desires to manage and regulate memorials for the mutual benefit of all. There are a variety of appropriate gifts ranging from trees, to benches, to play equipment.

To initiate the process of a Memorial gift a written request should be submitted to the Superintendent of Parks. The written request should include the kind of gift you would like to give and which park(s) you would like considered (parks@cityofmadison.com)  

Parks planning staff and the Superintendent will review the request to determine if it fits with Parks Division Policy as well as the master plan for the requested park. Large items such as shelters, gazebos, swimming pools etc. will require an additional approval by the Parks commission and if large matching funds are necessary by the Common Council.

Memorial Trees - Madison Parks welcomes memorial tree contributions in our parks. Memorial trees are planted once a year in the spring. To be included in the planting we need an approved location and species by January 1.

Memorial Policy (.PDF)

For your budget planning purposes (estimates only)

Trees, $500

Benches, $2500-$4000

Shelters, Gazebos – starting at $20,000.

To discuss a tribute or memorial gift, please call the Madison Parks Division at 266-5949.

Memorial Bench