Donations, Dedications and Memorials

You can donate to Tucson Parks and Recreation through the Tucson Parks Foundation.

Tucson Parks and Recreation also offers other opportunities for recognizing or memorializing family members and friends, and for recognizing individuals' and groups' extraodinary accomplishments or contributions to the betterment of the Tucson community and its citizens as outlined below.

Tucson Parks Foundation Commemorative Tree Dedications
Memorial Benches Naming of Parks and Recreational Amenities

Tucson Parks Foundation

The Tucson Parks Foundation is a non-profit, 501c (3) organization working with public and private partners to supplement and support the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation’s programs, services, and capital projects; particularly those that help children, at-risk youth, seniors and the disabled.  Since its inception in 1983, the Tucson Parks Foundation has donated more than $3 million to improve Tucson’s parks and recreation facilities and expand opportunities for all citizens to enjoy these public treasures.

The Tucson Parks Foundation also has the ability to accept contributions for specific projects, in coordination with the Tucson Parks and Recreation Department. If your neighborhood or organization wants to host fundraisers for specific projects that are currently underfunded, you can work with Parks and Recreation to make a donation to the Foundation to supplement any public funds in the project.

With a desire to renew, revitalize, and strengthen its mission and commitment, the Tucson Parks Foundation is looking to tap the abundant energies and special talents of people in our community. Please visit the Tucson Parks Foundation website to become a member and help us improve Tucson’s park and recreation experience.

Your tax-deductible donations to improve the quality of life of Tucson residents are greatly appreciated.

Donate online through the Tucson Parks Foundation website or by mail (check or money order) at:

Tucson Parks Foundation
900 S. Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ 85716
 

Memorial Benches

If you would like donate to Tucson Parks and Recreation for the purpose of installing a bench with a plaque in memory of a deceased individual, submit a request online.

Tucson Parks and Recreation will attempt to accommodate the wishes of the applicants regarding bench location. However, consideration must be given to the ambiance and management plan for any park. The final decision on these issues will be at the discretion of the Administration.  Because each memorial bench and park is a unique situation, the process to install a memorial bench may take longer than expected, sometimes as long as 6 months.  Donors will be required to submit a Memorial Bench Agreement (example) prior to the bench order.

Plaque Only Purchase: In some cases, an option may exist to purchase a plaque for an existing bench. Tucson Parks and Recreation does not have an inventory of benches without plaques however, if you locate a bench with an empty space for a plaque, you can submit a Bench Request Form indicating "Plaque only" to begin the process.

Please call Parks Administration at 520-791-4873 for additional information.

Bench Request Form (Submit your Memorial Bench or Plaque Only request using this link.)
 

Additional Memorial Materials

For the safety of all park users, and for ease of maintenance, placing memorial materials in parks or adorning memorial benches and trees with additional items is prohibited.  Park staff will remove and discard any mementos and keepsakes found in parks.
 

Commemorative Tree Dedications

Dedication sites at the Pantano River Park commemorative gardens have all been purchased by community members as of February 2018.  Other options and locations are being explored.  To see potential future areas or to indicate your interest in participating in future memorial plantings, please visit Tucson Clean and Beautiful's Commemorative Tree Dedication Interest page.
 

Naming of Parks and Recreational Amenities

Tucson Parks and Recreation follows City of Tucson Administrative Directive 1.02-19 Commemorative Naming of City-Owned Physical Assets when considering naming or renaming its assets. Please refer to the Administrative Directive for submission procedures. All namings or renamings are subject to the follwing fees:

  • Naming of parks: $10,000 (or more based on the costs associated with the naming or renaming including park signage)
  • Naming of park amenities: $5,000 (or more based on the costs associated with the naming or renaming including signage)

Submit all request to:

Director, Tucson Parks and Recreation
900 S. Randolph Way
Tucson AZ 85716
 

Current Naming Applications

In accordance with the City of Tucson Administrative Directive 1.02-19 Commemorative Naming of City-Owned Physical Assets, the following applications have been received and verified for completeness by Tucson Parks and Recreation and are subject to a 45-day Public Comment Period.  To comment on an application, please send letters to:

Director, Tucson Parks and Recreation
900 S. Randolph Way
Tucson AZ 85716