Commemorative Giving FAQs

Learn about commemorative giving in Prospect Park and take a look at some of our most frequently asked questions:

Q: Where can I learn more about Commemorative Giving in Prospect Park?
A: You can learn more about our Commemorative Giving program on our website.

Q: Can I plant a Commemorative Tree in Prospect Park? 
A: Prospect Park Alliance’s Commemorative Tree Program has been largely suspended so we can focus our efforts on the care of our existing landscape trees. We thank those of you who have participated in this program over the years. We encourage you to look at our Commemorative Bench program, Arbor Day Community Tree Planting, or Woodland Restoration Sapling options.

Q: Is my donation tax-deductible?
A: Yes! Your donation toward a bench, Arbor Day, or Woodland Restoration Sapling is fully tax-deductible.

Commemorative Benches

Q: Who can I contact about dedicating a bench in Prospect Park?
A: Please email us at

Q: What are the different commemorative bench options?
A: We have two commemorative bench options: bench adoptions and bench installations.

  • A bench adoption is where you can choose to put a personalized plaque on an existing bench in Prospect Park. You can view all available benches to adopt here.
  • A bench installation is where you can choose to install a new bench in Prospect Park in a preselected location.

Q: How can I pay for my bench?
A: There are a few different ways that you can pay for your bench:

  • You can pay for a bench adoption or installation online.
  • You can mail a check made payable to “Prospect Park Alliance” with a mention of the honoree to:

Prospect Park Alliance
Attn: Development Office
95 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Q: How long does it take to finalize a bench adoption or installation?
A: Generally, it takes between 6-8 weeks to complete either a bench adoption or installation from the time that you provide the text that you would like engraved on the plaque to when the plaque is installed on the bench.The process from start to finish might take longer than the estimate above. We cannot guarantee a completion date for any Commemorative Benches.

Q: Do you have a list of available benches to adopt in the park?
A: Yes! You can view a database of available benches to adopt here.

Q: Where can new benches be installed in the park?
A: There are select locations in the park where you can install a new bench. To view a map of available locations, contact us at

Q: How long does a plaque stay on the bench?
A: Bench adoptions and installations are permanent. If something happens to the bench or plaque, we will fix or replace it for free. If you notice something has happened to your bench or plaque, email On occasion a bench may need to be removed due to capital improvements. We will work with you to relocate your plaque to a different bench.

Q.: What is the character limit for plaque text?
A: There is a maximum of 8 lines allowed for the plaque text. We do not have a character limit for the plaques, but please be mindful when creating your plaque that large amounts of text will make the font smaller and text more difficult to read. You can view a sample plaque with 7 lines of text here.