Commemorate significant people and note-worthy events with a tribute tree or bench within the park system. A tribute bench or tree provides lasting recognition of the significant people and occasions in your life while supporting the Minneapolis parks.

MPRB Tribute Options:

  • New Bench
  • Refurbished Bench
  • New Tree


Phone: 612-499-3003


The MPRB Tribute Tree Program allows you to have a tree planted in the park of your choice, providing lasting recognition of the significant people or occasions in your life.


$500 for the life of the tree. Trees are guaranteed for five years from the date of planting. If tree fails to thrive, it will be replaced the next appropriate planting season at no additional cost to the donor. The Tribute Tree Band will be replaced up to three times if it is stolen or damaged.

A Meaningful Location

Work with MPRB staff to find the perfect spot and tree variety.

Planting Seasons

Spring: Mid April-early June
Tree requests must be received by October 1 of the preceding year for spring planting. 

Fall: Mid September-early November
Tree requests must be received by June 1 for fall planting.

Yours To Keep

Donors will receive a Memorial Tree certificate suitable for framing.

Request A Tribute Tree


A tribute bench is a great way to connect to your favorite place in the parks, celebrate a milestone or honor someone special.

New Benches

10 Year Term - $5000

New bench refers to the installation of a bench within a park where none existed before. We will make all decisions regarding placement of new benches. New bench placements coincide with master plans or renovation of parks to ensure that they will be in place for many years to come. 

Location options for new benches:

Refurbished Benches

10 Year Term - $2500

Refurbished bench refers to the renewal of an existing park bench. In most cases, this entails replacing wooden slats. The donor may select a bench from the existing undedicated park benches. Refurbished benches are available in all parks with the exception of Lake Harriet and Bde Maka Ska. 

There are no current opportunities for new or refurbished benches at Bde Maka Ska or Lake Harriet.

Bench Design

Memorial benches have a standard design (pictured). On occasion, the bench design may differ if it is a newly installed bench as part of a park redesign or planning project.

Installation Season

Benches and plaques are installed between April and October.

Bench Terms

The guaranteed term of a tribute bench is ten years. Bench installation and maintenance will be handled by MPRB. After ten years, the donor will be given the first right of refusal to renew the bench contract. The renewal fee will be based on the fee that is current on the day of renewal.


Both bench options come with a tribute plaque. Plaque location (bench-mounted or cement pad-mounted) will be determined by the MPRB. 

Yours To Keep

Donors will receive a tribute bench certificate suitable for framing.

Request A Tribute Bench


Are there other amenities available for adoption?

May I decorate my tribute or tree to honor a special occasion?

What happens to my tribute tree or bench if there is construction in the park?

May I ask interested donors at a loved one’s funeral to send donations to the MPRB for a tribute?

May I request a different style bench?

May I select a different park for a bench location?

Do you have a waiting list for popular tribute bench locations?

What species of tree will be planted?

How big will the newly planted tree be?