Park Bench & Tree Memorials
Wichita Park and Recreation offers three memorials for you to choose from to honor a family member, friend or coworker with a memorial in a beautiful Wichita park.
"The Park Memorial program is great for the City's park system and creates lasting memories for families."
David McGuire, Park Maintenance Superintendent
Memorial Park Bench
A memorial park bench is a great way to remember a family member, friend or co-worker. Wichita Park and Recreation's experienced staff will work with you to find the perfect park and location within the park to make your memorial bench a permanent fixture. Each park bench includes a bronze 4-inch by 12-inch plaque with specialized wording of your choosing.
- $2,000 Park Bench
- $3,250 Plaza Bench
Includes a 6-foot Wichita park bench, engraved plaque, installation, and concrete pad. The Plaza Bench is required in specific areas. Please ask a member of our staff for requirements.
Memorial trees not only honor the memory of a loved one, they also assist in replenishing the timber population. Trees that were destroyed by storms or drought are replaced by memorial trees restoring Wichita's canopy in public areas and parks. A commemorative letter will be sent to you with information about your tree including its location.
Includes 2 inch caliper tree from approved Park Forestry tree list, planting, tree watering for three years to establish, and commemorative letter.
All Memorial placements are subject to approval.
Donations are welcomed and encouraged for bench installations and tree planting in our beautiful Wichita parks. For questions or donations please email Lee Ann Sack or call 316-350-3171.
- Why are there two different Memorial Bench styles?
The standard Park Bench is a more affordable option that can be placed in the majority of our City Parks. However, this bench style is not suitable for areas that are highly architectural, such as College Hill Park, Fairmount Park, the Riverside Park complex, or the downtown core area.
Therefore the Plaza Bench is offered as an alternative that can be used in these areas as well as most other parks.
- What should I keep in mind when selecting a site for my memorial bench?
Park Staff will assist you with selecting a suitable location. Some of the things they will be assessing are ADA accessibility, density of other benches or park amenities, surrounding topography, drainage, park architecture, and existing trees or irrigation. Utilities and utility easements can also impact site selection.
- Are there any parks that are restricted from the program?
The Memorial Bench program is limited to City of Wichita Parks. Veteran's Memorial Park honors United States Military branches. Individual honors can be obtained by purchasing a Memorial Brick. Memorial Benches are not installed within this park. Additionally, when a park has reached a desired density of park benches, that park will be closed to additional Memorial Benches.