For years, the Memorial Tree Program sponsored by the St. Charles Park Foundation has served as a distinctive way of honoring the memory of a loved one or acknowledging a significant life event. With the implementation of new web site technology for processing payments in a speedy and secure manner, participating in this popular program just got a whole lot easier.
Interested parties can now submit their application for a memorial tree or bench on the St. Charles Park Foundation’s web site at www.stcparkfoundation.org and submit their payment knowing that the personal and financial information they share is encrypted using a secure certificate to protect against malware, viruses or attacks.
“We have transitioned from a paper submission to an online process in order to offer our patrons a convenient and timely way of carrying out a donation request,” said Erika Young, Public Relations and Marketing Manager. “Once received, the request is automatically sent via email to the appropriate staff member who will then coordinate with the donor to see that their memorial is carried out according to their wishes and within our guidelines.”
The Park Foundation’s memorial program includes trees in district parks, benches along trails and open areas and golf course landscaping options such as shrubbery, perennials and native plantings at tee boxes and along fairways. From time to time, other special tribute options such as bicycle racks, information kiosks and mini-shelters may be made available.
These worthy and long-lasting tributes provide a living reminder of milestone events and celebrate the lives of departed loved ones while contributing to the aesthetic beauty and environmental health of district parks. A symbol of beauty, strength and endurance, trees add to parks’ environmental health by providing species diversification, soil stabilization, food and shelter for wildlife, and improving air quality.
Trees are typically planted in spring or fall, depending upon the species selected. Donors will consult with a staff horticulturist about the type of tree suitable for the designated site. There are a wide variety of popular, mostly native, varieties to choose from, including Bur, White and Swamp White oaks, Red and Sugar Maples, Kentucky Coffeetrees, Tulip Trees, Lindens and Gingkos.
Memorial benches are made with a steel contoured seat, aluminum cast frame and glossy UltraCoat finish. Placed strategically to provide places of rest and contemplation, the benches complement the scenery and can be a fitting companion to a memorial tree.
All memorial tree and bench donors will receive a complimentary engraved plate on the Memorial Recognition Wall at Pottawatomie Community Center. Recognition markers denoting are installed in a concrete footing near the actual trees. Bronze plaques for benches can be ordered by the donor for placement in the concrete pad at the time of installation.
Costs for the memorial tree program are $500, while the memorial benches are available for $1,300.
For more information about the Memorial Tree and Bench program, contact the St. Charles Park Foundation by visiting www.stcparkfoundation.org.