City Council adopts policy for memorials on city property

July 1, 2011

By Tim Pfarr

The City Council in June adopted a policy detailing how residents can purchase memorial trees and benches for city parks. Per the policy, residents can also donate larger items — such as statues or fountains — or name parks on a case-by-case basis.

The new policy replaces the city’s prior, informal donation practices, and City Manager Rob Wyman said that donating a tree or bench can be a great way to remember a loved one.

“If you had a family member or loved one who like to hang out at the park, every time you go to the park it kind of evokes the memory of that person,” he said. “I think it’s kind of a neat thing for people to be able to do.”

To purchase a memorial tree, the donor must pay for the tree and its delivery from a local nursery. He or she is also required to pay a $125 administration fee to the city to cover planting and maintenance.

A memorial tree must fit size guidelines, and donors can request a specific location for the tree. The city maintenance crew will try to honor requested locations.

City staff will replace trees that do not survive, but replacement trees may be of a different variety than the original tree. Requests will be accepted year-round, but planting will only be done in spring and fall.

A memorial bench will run donors between $500 and $1,000, depending on the installation site. City staff will maintain memorial benches for 10 years in their original locations, as after 10 years the bench may be removed or moved if the park site is redeveloped.

Bench donors can also choose to include a small plaque.

To donate a tree or bench, submit a letter to the public works department at City Hall, 13020 Newcastle Way, indicating which you would like to donate and where you would prefer it be located.

To donate a tree, indicate whether you would like to purchase the tree from the department-recommended nursery or from an outside source.

Tree and bench donors will be invited to the planting or installation if they wish to hold a dedication ceremony.

Call Wyman at 649-4444 for more information about large donations or park naming rights.


Remembering Steve Herzog

City Manager Rob Wyman said the city is considering building a memorial to Police Chief Steve Herzog, who was shot and killed in 2002. He said the memorial might be constructed at the site of his death — just south of the Newcastle Way and Coal Creek Parkway intersection — or in Lake Boren Park.

The memorial would be constructed in 2012 in honor of the 10-year anniversary of his death.

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