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Parks and Recreation Donations

Parks and Recreation Donations

Thank you for considering the Parks and Recreation Department for your donation. We look forward to working with you.

The City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department provides the opportunity for members of our community to donate memorials to loved ones within our park system. In order to allow for a coordinated and consistent program for soliciting and recognizing contributions, we have established the the following guidelines. The guidelines were developed based on research on the best practices of similar agencies nationwide, the needs and resource capabilities of the Parks and Recreation Department and the desire of citizens to recognize loved ones through monetary contributions providing for specific lasting memorials.

The Parks and Recreation Department memorial donation guidelines allow for several types of memorial opportunities. We encourage citizens to contact the department to discuss ideas for locations of memorials, however final memorial locations will be dependent on the needs of the department and planning processes already underway.

Donations to the City of Boulder may be tax deductible. (Please see your tax advisor.)

Memorials will be accepted in the following categories:

  • Living Legacy memorial tree donations:  Living memorial donations will be accepted in the form of tree plantings in city parks.
  • Memorial bench and other park amenity donations: Memorial bench donations will be considered within the city park system.
  • General memorial donations: Donations for general park and recreation purposes are accepted and encouraged.
  • Memorial Statues, Fountains, Plazas, Gardens, etc.: Donations of statues, fountains, plazas, gardens, etc. may be accepted under specific circumstances. The Department will determine placement of all such memorials.
  • Park Naming Opportunities: Naming of a park as a memorial may be submitted under the Parks and Recreation Department's Park Naming Policy.

General Memorial Donations

General memorial donations gifted to the Parks and Recreation department will be acknowledged by a letter from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Funds generated by these donations will be used to best meet current needs of the department as determined by the Director.  From time to time, the department may be accepting donations for a specific project to benefit the department. A list of opportunities for project-specific donations will be maintained and provided to those who express interest.

Memorial Statues, Fountains, Plazas, Gardens etc.
Memorial Donations which are large in scale are generally not encouraged. To the extent that projects of this nature are consistent with park planning processes they may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Donors may contact the department to discuss their idea.

Park Naming Opportunities exist for naming of park sites within the park system as detailed in the department's Park Naming Policy.

PLAY Boulder Foundation
In addition to the above memorial donation opportunities, donations may be made to the Play Boulder Foundation. The foundation supports and advocates for parks and recreation programs and services in the Boulder area.

Living Legacy Tree Program

The Living Legacy tree program provides individuals and organizations with the opportunity to honor people and commemorate special events by planting trees in city parks within the City of Boulder.

Trees may be donated by individuals in memory of a loved one, or to celebrate special events such as the birth of a child, or to observe a wedding. Businesses may wish to dedicate a tree to an outstanding employee, a new building, or upon reaching certain milestones. Other organizations may want to dedicate a tree as a living asset to the surrounding community.

Boulder’s extensive city parks system is continually growing and trees are a great way to increase the beauty of our city and provide countless benefits to this community. Your tax-deductible contribution will be used to purchase trees to be planted in the Boulder parks system and the City Urban Forestry Section personnel will care for the trees. Contributions for one or more trees are gratefully accepted. It is a departmental policy that markers or plaques are not allowed to be placed by the tree.

Although we accept living legacy requests year round, trees will only be planted in the spring or fall to give the trees the best chance to survive. Through communication between Urban Forestry staff and the contributor, an approved species will be chosen based on the desired planting site. Deciduous trees will be at least 2 inches in diameter (approximately 10 to 12 feet tall) and evergreen trees will be 5 to 6 feet in height. Most trees cost $175 but the price may vary due to species, size, and time of purchase.

Living Legacy contributors are always welcome to attend the tree planting. If you have any questions regarding the Living Legacy Program, please contact a forestry assistant at 303-441-4406.

Memorial Bench Program

Commemorate a special person or occasion with the placement of a bench that enhances our community’s parks. We invite you to participate in our Memorial Bench Program. The program provides an opportunity to commemorate a special person or occasion with the placement of a bench that enhances our community’s parks.

Contact Tina Briggs for more information and to discuss options:  303-413-7291 or

Donation Requests

If you would like to request a donation for your group or organization, please send a letter to:

Paul Bousquet
3198 N. Broadway
Boulder, CO 80304


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