Donations and Memorials

Monetary Donations

City of Tucson is a "qualified organization", which can receive a charitable donation, see IRS Publication 526 and Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations to the Tucson Parks and Recreation department support out mission to enrich our community through inclusive, innovative, fun programs, and safe, beautiful, sustainable places. If you have any questions regarding your donation, contact Parks and Recreation at parksandrecreation@tucsonaz.gov, including requests for donation letters. Please include a copy of your receipt when requesting a donation letter.

If you prefer to mail your donation, please indicate the donation category on your check.

Make it payable to the City of Tucson and send it to:
City of Tucson
Parks and Recreation
900 S. Randolph Way
Tucson, AZ 85716

Memorial Benches

Tucson Parks and Recreation offers other opportunities for recognizing or memorializing family members and friends, and for recognizing individuals' and groups' extraordinary accomplishments or contributions to the betterment of the Tucson community and its citizens. If you would like donate to Tucson Parks and Recreation for the purpose of installing a bench with a plaque in memory of a deceased individual, submit a request online using the Bench Request Form below.  Memorial benches must be chosen from the bench options available. Tucson Parks and Recreation cannot install benches purchased from, or fabricated by, any other source.

Tucson Parks and Recreation will attempt to accommodate the wishes of the applicants regarding bench location. However, consideration must be given to the ambiance and management plan for any park. The final decision on these issues will be at the discretion of the Administration. We are unable to accept requests for additional memorial benches at Alvernon Park, Gene C. Reid Park (including the Cele Peterson Rose Garden), Fort Lowell Park, La Madera Park, Rio Vista Natural Resource Park, or Sentinel Peak Park ("A" Mountain).

Because each memorial bench and park is a unique situation, the process to install a memorial bench may take longer than expected, sometimes as long as 6 months.  Donors will be required to submit a Memorial Bench Agreement (example(PDF, 201KB)) prior to the bench order.

Plaque Only Purchase: In some cases, an option may exist to purchase a plaque for an existing bench. Tucson Parks and Recreation does not have an inventory of benches without plaques however, if you locate a bench with an empty space for a plaque, you can submit a Bench Request Form indicating "Plaque only" to begin the process.

Please call Parks Administration at 520-791-4873 for additional information.

Additional Memorial Materials

For the safety of all park users, and for ease of maintenance, placing memorial materials in parks or adorning memorial benches and trees with additional items is prohibited. Park staff will remove and discard any mementos and keepsakes found in parks.

Memorial Bricks

Thank you for your interest in donating a memorial brick. At this time we only have an option to purchase a memorial brick at Wagging Tails Dog Park located in lower Lincoln Park. Please fill out the Memorial Brick Request Form below and a staff person will be in touch with information to make payment. Tucson Parks and Recreation will perform installation of bricks during the months of January, May, and September. All brick orders placed and paid for 30 days prior to day one of the installation month will be installed during that installation month. Otherwise, they must wait until the next installation month.

The cost of an engraved 6" x 9" memorial brick is $200.

For the safety of all park users, and for ease of maintenance, placing memorial materials in parks or adorning memorial benches and trees with additional items is prohibited. Park staff will remove and discard any mementos and keepsakes found in parks.

Commemorative Tree Dedications

Dedication sites at the Pantano River Park commemorative gardens have all been purchased by community members as of February 2018. Other options and locations are being explored. To see potential future areas or to indicate your interest in participating in future memorial plantings, please visit Tucson Clean and Beautiful's Commemorative Tree Dedication Interest page.

Naming and Dedication of Parks and Recreational Amenities

Tucson Parks and Recreation follows City of Tucson Administrative Directive 1.02-19 Commemorative Naming of City-Owned Physical Assets(PDF, 814KB) when considering naming or renaming its assets. Please refer to the Administrative Directive for submission procedures. All namings, renamings, and dedications are subject to the following fees:

  • Parks: $10,000 (or more based on the costs associated with the naming or renaming including park signage)
  • Park amenities: $5,000 (or more based on the costs associated with the naming or renaming including signage)

Submit all request to:

Director, Tucson Parks and Recreation
900 S. Randolph Way
Tucson AZ 85716

Current Naming Applications

In accordance with the City of Tucson Administrative Directive 1.02-19 Commemorative Naming of City-Owned Physical Assets(PDF, 814KB), the following applications have been received and verified for completeness by Tucson Parks and Recreation and are subject to a 45-day Public Comment Period.

NONE AT THIS TIME.

To comment on an application, please send letters to:

Director, Tucson Parks and Recreation
900 S. Randolph Way
Tucson AZ 85716