Tree and Park Bench Recognition and Memorials

Living Tribute Program

Honor a loved one or significant event in your life with a Tree or Park Bench. You will be adding to the beauty already present in the parks through your contribution.

Say it with a Tree...

Have a tree planted for a gift of $150 and the Normal Parks and Recreation Department will plant and care for your tree. In addition, you will be presented with a Living Tribute Certificate and a map telling you where your tree is located. This is a gift that will benefit everyone who enjoys the parks. You can also choose from a variety of trees: Maple, Oak, White Pine, Crabapple and Serviceberry.

Sorry...we do not install plaques with donated trees.

Park Bench Recognition Memorials

An attractive 6' Park Bench complete with a plaque inscribed with your message or loved one's name is available for a gift of $500. Your gift will make a lasting memory, while providing park visitors a place to sit and enjoy the beauty of their surroundings.

Whether you choose a tree or a park bench, you can submit a Request Form (PDF) and payment to the Normal Parks and Recreation Department.

Children & Elders Forest

Children & Elders Forest is an organization to encourage teams of children and elders to plant indigenous trees in groves, to celebrate and deepen bonds among the generations, and to improve the quality of life for residents of Normal and Bloomington. A team, consisting of at least one elder and one child, sponsors a tree. Trees are labeled with the tree name and the names and birth years of team members.  For further information, please contact Mr. Joe Grabill at 309-454-2883.