Bench Dedication Program Policy

  • This policy is designed to enable residents and park users to support the Elizabeth Park Conservancy (the “Conservancy”) through a taxdeductible contribution. Contributions may be acknowledged by a bench plaque, if desired. The plaque is symbolic of the donation and does not entitle the donor to ownership of the particular bench.
  • Dedication applications will be accepted throughout the year. Once payment is received, the Conservancy will order the dedication plaque, which usually takes about four to six weeks to receive from the sign company. Due to the unpredictability of weather and staffing demands, we cannot guarantee a specific installation date.
  • Complete funding for the donation must be processed before the commencement of any work. The current donation levels are stated above. These amounts are adjusted periodically.
  • A donation period will last 10 years. Within this time, the Conservancy will replace, at no cost to the donor, a bench dedication plaque one time if it is damaged or stolen. The cost of any subsequent replacement plaques will be the financial responsibility of the donor and must be coordinated through the Conservancy.
  • After 10 years, the dedicated bench will be available for renewal for a cost with the right of first refusal given to the original donor. If the original donor opts not to renew within 21 days of contact by the Conservancy, the bench dedication plaque may be removed and the bench re-dedicated at any time. The donor has the obligation to update the Conservancy on any change of address so that such contact can be made.
  • The Conservancy retains the right to relocate a dedicated bench and the attached plaque at any time. If a bench needs to be relocated, the Conservancy will attempt to contact the donor to discuss alternative locations; the Conservancy will make the final determination.
  • Donors may request a specific bench location, but the Conservancy will make the final determination.
  • A maximum of three lines of text and 30 characters per line is permitted on the bench-mounted plaques. Text is subject to the approval of the Conservancy staff.
  • The dedication plaque is not intended to serve as a memorial marker; birth and/or death dates are not permitted. Messages should be simple statements recalling the event or person(s) recognized.
  • No logos of any kind are permitted on plaques.
  • Only bench donations are covered by this policy. A donor requesting any other donation, dedication, or memorial must apply to the Conservancy.