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Update for 2021

Due to impacts of the pandemic, the dedication program was not available in 2020. For 2021, the program will be offered on a limited basis and requests on the interest list as of January 2021 will have priority for available dedication opportunities this year.

Requests made after February 1 may be added on an interest list to be contacted as soon as there is opportunity available. Please note that it may be a year or more before we are able to accommodate your request. Your understanding and patience are appreciated. For more information, contact Kim Johnson

Bench Dedications

Honoring someone with a dedication of a public park feature is a special way to recognize and support the important role that parks, trails and natural spaces play in our lives. Dedications with Bend Park & Recreation Foundation can celebrate a special person and at the same time, support recreation opportunities for people in our community.

Dedications are bronze cast plaques placed at a bench or a permanent picnic table located on Bend Park & Recreation District properties. Bend Park & Recreation Foundation is the administrator for this program and a portion of the fee charged for all dedications is donation to the Recreation Scholarship Fund, supporting lower income children and families with fees for District programs and helping to provide free community recreation opportunities for everyone to play.

Cost is $1300 for a dedication at an existing bench or picnic table. The fee includes a custom 3” x 8” bronze cast plaque, installation and the donation to support recreation scholarships. Availability of benches and tables varies, with limited opportunities available for some parks and sections of the trail system.

The dedication plaque can include a simple message about the person being honored and text is subject to approval for appropriateness to the public space. It is the intent of Bend Park & Recreation District and Bend Park & Recreation Foundation to honor dedications as a personal expression while at the same time, providing stewardship and oversight for public land to keep those spaces as welcoming, safe and accessible for everyone. All dedications become property of Bend Park & Recreation District.

Plaques are typically placed in the concrete pad or pavers at the base of the bench or table, or in a small boulder next to the site, depending on location. Final placement for the plaque will be determined by park district staff and installation for dedications is scheduled during the spring and fall. Opportunities may be limited each season based on current District projects and priorities.

Request for a dedication with placement of a new bench at a special location may be considered. Special requests will be reviewed by District staff with accessibility, construction and maintenance considerations and usability in mind. Cost for new bench placement varies from $2,800 to $4,000, including dedication plaque and donation, and is determined by the style of bench required for that site.

Dedications Honoring Pets

Opportunity for celebrating the special furry friends in our lives with a dedication is limited to bench and table locations at designated off leash areas.

For more information about dedication opportunities, contact:

Kim Johnson
Community Engagement Supervisor
Email Kim Johnson
Image of adopted park benches in Riverbend Park.