Memorial Tree / Bench Donation Policy

Adopted by City Council on December 18, 1995.  Revised March 4, 1996 and January 22, 2001.

It is the policy of the City of Greenwood Village to accept donations for the purpose of planting trees and installing benches within City Parks to memorialize a departed family member or friend, or to commemorate a special occasion.  All donations shall be in compliance with the following: 

A.  Donations for Memorials will be accepted only for the purpose of purchasing and planting of trees, and for purchasing and installing park benches approved by the City.

B.  Memorials shall be self-supporting; all costs related to a memorial shall be at the expense of a donor(s), including repair or replacement, if necessary.

C.  Any tree that is mutually agreed upon by the donor and City staff is acceptable.  However, Siberian Elm, Native Cottonwood, Russian Olive, and Box Elder trees are prohibited.

D.  Memorial tree(s) and bench(es) are permitted at any park site, provided that the location is mutually agreed upon by the donor and City staff.

E.   Memorial tree(s) and bench(es) are permitted at any park site, provided that the location is mutually agreed upon by the donor and City staff.

F.   Memorial donations will be recognized by use of a memorial plaque which will be displayed at a City public building, and if the donor(s) so choose, an additional recognition plaque is permitted to be placed near the donated tree(s) or on the donated bench(es). 

      Standard memorial plaques shall be used to promote consistency in cost, size, type, and mounting, with plaque language approved by the City. 

     The City will provide residents with a list of recommended park benches for memorial use. This list shall include a description of each bench and a color photo. At the request of staff, City Council, and the Parks, Trails & Recreation Commission the list of recommended benches for memorial use will be reviewed and amended as deemed necessary.

G.   A ceremony or gathering at the time of a tree planting is permitted but must be arranged in advance with City staff.

H.  The City does not guarantee tree survivability.

I.   City staff shall maintain a record of each donation.  The record shall contain all pertinent information such as the donor's name, the person's name who is being memorialized, tree location, and type of tree, etc.