The Adopt-A-Bench program was established in 1986 as a permanent fund to maintain and endow the care of Central Park's more than 9,000 benches and their surrounding landscapes. To date, more than 3,900 benches have been adopted. In recognition of contributions to the fund, Central Park Conservancy installs a personalized plaque on a park bench of the donor's choosing. Most benches may be adopted for $7,500 (price valid through 12/31/2014)*. Custom-made rustic benches may be adopted starting at $25,000 (price valid through 12/31/2014)* and placed in a woodland or rustic area of the Park.
A bench is a wonderful way to memorialize or honor a loved one. Adopt-A-Bench for a birthday, anniversary, new baby, graduation – it is the perfect gift for any occasion! While the plaques take about 8 weeks for production and installation, a personalized certificate can be provided immediately upon adoption to notify the recipient that a bench has been adopted in their honor. You can write the plaque inscription yourself or let the recipient write their own.
*As of January 1, 2015, the required donation for a bench will increase to $10,000, and rustic benches will start at $30,000.
Central Park Conservancy is able to facilitate group fundraising for a bench through BenchMark, an online fundraising tool. To set up a page for group fundraising and to learn more about BenchMark, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212.310.6617
To donate to an existing group fundraiser, please enter the code/name here:
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