Memorial/Heritage Program – Tree and Bench Donations

Contact Information:

Parks Management Center
1507 Bus. Loop 70W
Columbia, MO 65202
Phone: 573-874-7201


Sponsored by Columbia Parks and Recreation, the Memorial/Heritage Tree and Bench Program allows groups and individuals to donate trees or benches to commemorate special events, honor individuals or agencies, or as memorials to loved ones to be placed on City-owned park land. Trees and benches purchased through the program are planted and/or placed in city parks, trails, golf courses, and playgrounds. Exact placement is at the discretion of the Parks and Recreation Department. Payment is due at the time order is placed. These donations qualify as a charitable contribution tax deduction. (For more information on charitable contributions see IRS Publication #526opens PDF file .)

In addition to this program, you can remember a friend or family member through a memorial gift to the Columbia Trust. [More Information]


Cost of the tree program is $250 per tree. This includes the tree, plaque and continued maintenance of the tree (fertilizer, pruning, mulching, etc.). After the tree is planted, the contact person will receive a certificate and map of the planting location for each tree. Trees ordered from April 1 through October 15 will be planted in the late fall. Trees ordered October 16 through March 31 will be planted in the spring.

Payment is due at the time the order is placed. Printable order form.

(Form is a PDF file – can fill in blanks on line and print. Only users with Adobe
Acrobat will be able to “save.”)

Newly Planted Memorial Tree
Memorial Tree Plaque
Heritage Tree Plaque


Types of Trees
White Oak London Planetree
Swamp White Oak Bald Cypress
Northern Red Oak Norway Spruce
Shantung Maple Yellowwood
Red Maple Redbud
Sugar Maple Tulip Poplar

For more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Forestry office at:

Forestry Division
Parks Management Center
1507 Bus. Loop 70W
Columbia, MO 65202

Phone: (573) 874-7520

E-mail: Dave Dittmer, Forester
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Park bench

Honoring The Presidents, Board, Administrator and Musicians of The Columbia Civic Orchestra Established 1993


A Memorial Heritage Bench placed in perpetuity is a unique way to celebrate family, friends, and important events. The cost for a recycled plastic lumber bench and plaque is currently under review.  Please call (573) 441-5495 for pricing. Payment is due at the time the order is placed. Benches are made of environmentally-friendly recycled plastic lumber. The installation price includes labor, materials, maintenance, and a 2″ x 10″ zinc plaque. Benches will be installed at approved sites within four months after payment and approval of plaque text.  


Pre-approved park or trail locations (see below bench plans) – $1,500

Customized park or trail locations* – $2,500

*Exact placement requires staff approval. Select park and trail locations are closed due to reaching maximum capacity.  Price includes labor, materials, lifetime maintenance, and a 2″ x 10″ zinc plaque. 


Benches can be requested at select Columbia parks and trails until they reach maximum capacity.  Please note,  there are no longer bench locations available at the following parks/trails:  Cosmo Park, Cosmo-Bethel Park, Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary,  Flat Branch Park, Forum Nature Area, Grindstone Creek Trail, Grindstone Nature Area, Hinkson Creek Trail (between Grindstone and the MKT), MKT Nature and Fitness Trail,  Scott’s Branch Trail, Stephens Lake Park, Twin Lakes Recreation Area with the exception of the “small and off-season dog park.” Columbia Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to limit other locations as needed. 

The following parks have a specific bench plan. Please use the links to view the bench plan and make your choice from available locations.  For locations not listed below or previously noted as unavailable please call Janet Godon at (573) 441-5495.

A program to replace the old wooden style Memorial/Heritage benches approaching 10+ years old with the new recycled plastic lumber benches began in 2009.

For more information on the Memorial/Heritage Bench Program, contact:

Memorial/Heritage Bench Program
Parks Management Center
1507 Bus. Loop 70W
Columbia, MO 65202

Phone: (573) 441-5495

E-mail: Janet Godon, Planner

Printable PDF order form (under construction)
In Acrobat Reader, you can type in the blanks on the form and print.
Only users with Adobe Acrobat will be able to save the form

after typing in the blanks.

Where does the City purchase the recycled lumber benches and plaques? The recycled-lumber benches are the Contour model (#6CB4RPIGCR) with cedar colored recycled plastic lumber purchased from Kay Park Rec Corp, Highway 218 South, Janesville, IA 50647, 1-800-553-2476. The plaques are 10″ x 2″ zinc with raised lettering.