Tell your story in Central Park and help maintain the Park's 10,000 benches and their surrounding landscapes.

Established in 1986, the Adopt-A-Bench program provides funding to maintain and endow the care of Central Park's more than 10,000 benches and their surrounding landscapes. To date, more than 7,000 benches have been adopted.

A bench is a wonderful way to memorialize or honor a loved one, or share as a meaningful gift for a birthday, anniversary, new baby, or graduation. In recognition of contributions to the fund, the Conservancy will install a personalized plaque on a Park bench of the donor's choosing. Benches may be endowed for $10,000.

While the plaques take about 8 weeks for production and installation, a personalized certificate can be provided 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 choose their own message, which will be shared with Park visitors for years to come.

To adopt a bench, please email [email protected] for a current map of available benches. Then download, complete, and return the form below.

Fundraise as a Group

Central Park Conservancy is able to facilitate group fundraising for a bench through BenchMark, an online fundraising tool. To request more information, please contact [email protected].

To donate to an existing group fundraiser, please enter the code/name here:


All donations are non-refundable.

Should your group not reach its goal within one year, all contributions will be designated to support the general fund for the care and maintenance of Central Park benches.

Adopt-A-Bench Co-Chairs

Suzie Aijala
Jenny Price


For more information, contact 212.310.6617 or email [email protected].

A program of the Women's Committee