Connect Hot Topics

June 5, 2019, Department, by National Recreation and Park Association

2019 June NRPA Update Hot Topics Memorial Benches 410

NRPA Connect is the only online professional networking platform for park and recreation professionals. With more than 62,000 members in Connect, someone is sure to have an answer or a suggestion for whatever situation you’re facing. Check out one of the topics being discussed this month:

Memorial Park Bench Program – If your agency runs a memorial park bench program, how do you decide certain factors, such as price, location, longevity and installation of the bench?

Several NRPA members offered the following suggestions:

  • We charge $2,000 for a DuMor memorial bench, install, with the understanding that we choose its location, and guarantee maintenance for 20 years. 
  • Our pricing ranges from $1,100 for a standard bench to $2,500 for a wooden bench. We take recommendations from the donor and determine if the area they want is viable. If it is not, we recommend potential sites within a park.
  • Donors can meet with our park staff to discuss a location, but we have final say. We purchase, install and provide plastic engraved plaques; if requested, we purchase brass plaques and charge the extra fee. We estimate a 10-year life span, and when the bench needs to be replaced, if we can contact the donors, they can opt to purchase a new one.  
  • We charge $2,100 for a new bench or $350 to dedicate an existing bench, and donors can pick a location from a pre-determined list we set. We do the install, provide a 10-year guarantee and have a local company do the engraving. If something needs to be removed, we retain the engraved plaque at a nearby location.

Log in to NRPA Connect today to see resources mentioned in the discussion, which include examples of the program policies.