Adopt-A-Bench 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 6,800 benches have been adopted. In recognition of contributions to the fund, the Conservancy installs a personalized plaque on a park bench of the donor's choosing. Benches may be endowed for $10,000.

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.


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

Download Form


Central Park Conservancy is able to facilitate group fundraising for a bench through BenchMark, an online fundraising tool. Fill out a request form to set up a page for group fundraising.

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

  • Paige Rustum
  • Kristen Swenson

A program of the Women's Committee

Contact Information

For more information, contact: or 212-310-6617