How can I purchase a memorial bench or tree?

We work jointly with The Park People who help facilitate this process.  

Please visit their website here: https://parkpeoplemke.org/park-market/

The Park People Phone number: 414-273-7275

The Park Market helps beautify our parks while also providing individuals with a unique way to honor special people and events in our lives. The Park People offer a selection of trees and benches through its Park Market, the only program in Milwaukee County that allows a tree to be planted or a bench to be placed on your behalf in your favorite park. From time to time, the on-line Park Market offers unique smaller gifts, such as calendars or note cards featuring our beautiful parks. The Park People also work with donors who envision a larger scale park enhancement through the Park Market.

The primary Park Market products, the gift of a tree or bench, provide an enduring commemoration of an event in one’s life is possible. The Tree Program allows you to plant a new Ornamental, Evergreen or Shade tree. Or, you may choose to “Adopt-a-Tree”, adopting the tree in a park of your choice. The Bench Program allows you to select from three different bench styles. Whether planting or adopting a tree or selecting a bench, your gift includes a commemorative tag.

Commemorative Benches

All benches include a personalized inscription plaque mounted on the backrest. Fill out the form below to begin your order process. Or, Contact Us for a brochure and additional information.

Commemorating that special person has never been easier

  1. Choose a park
  2. Designate the preferred bench
  3. Choose what you want on your tag
  4. Submit your completed form with payment to The Park People

What happens next? The Park People office will contact you to confirm your order details, answer any questions you have and keep you apprised of your bench placement. The Milwaukee County Landscape Department reviews your chosen location. They may suggest a more appropriate location based on a number of factors. When done, The Park People informs you of placement.

Click to Personalize your Bench now or Contact Us for more information or a brochure about the Bench Program.

Available Bench Styles

We want to help you create a special place in our parks! Dedicating a bench in your favorite park is a wonderful way to help your parks and to

  • teach children about stewardship
  • commemorate a special event
  • honor an accomplishment
  • create a meaningful memorial for a loved one

All bench purchases include a personalized inscription plaque mounted on the backrest.

Mikalu

Named after former Parks Director and The Park People Board member, the Mikula is steel and has a thermo-plastic coating

6′ Cavanaugh or 8′ Cavanaugh

Named after former The Park People Executive Director, Nancy Cavanaugh, this bench has Douglas Fir planks and a polyester powder finish on the steel frame.

6′ Teschner or 8′ Teschner

Named after The Park People founder, the Teschner has Douglas Fir planks and a polyester powder finish on the steel frame

The Tree Donation Program

The Park People offer a selection of trees through its Park Market, the only program in Milwaukee County that allows a tree to be planted on your behalf in your favorite park. The program allows you to plant a new Ornamental, Evergreen or Shade tree. Or, you may choose to “Adopt-a-Tree”, adopting the tree in a park of your choice. Whether planting a new tree or adopting a tree, your gift includes a commemorative hang tag.

Commemorating that special person has never been easier

  1. Choose a park for planting
  2. Designate the preferred tree (see below)
  3. Choose what you want on your tag
  4. Submit your completed form with payment to The Park People

What happens next? The Park People office will contact you to confirm your order details, answer any questions you have and keep you apprised of your tree planting. The Milwaukee County Landscape Department reviews the preferred tree and park chosen. They may suggest an alternate tree if a specific location is requested. They then plant according to the best location within the park. When done, The Park People informs you of placement.

All trees include a personalized inscription plaque. Fill out the Personalized Form to begin your order process. Or, Contact Us for a brochure and additional information or a brochure about the Tree Program.

Available Trees

Ornamental Tree

examples of this type are: Crabapple, Japanese Lilac, Red Bud, etc.

Evergreen Tree

examples of this type are: Pine, Spruce, Cedar, etc.

Shade Tree

examples of this type are: Maple, Oak, Birch, etc.

Adopt-a-Tree

Adopt an existing park tree