Des Plaines Park District

Memorial Trees and Benches

Memorial Trees and Benches Program.


Tree of Life Program at the Des Plaines Park District

Memorial Tree and plaque for Robert Artz, in Lake Park, Des Plaines, IL. Memorial Trees and Benches Program.

Memorial tree and plaque, in Lake Park

Memorial Trees

Our Tree of Life program is a wonderful way for people, businesses, and organizations to commemorate an individual, group or special event by having a tree planted in one of the district’s many parks. This program enhances the environment, encourages community involvement, and beautifies our neighborhood parks.

Included with every tree is a golden leaf, inscribed with your personal message and permanently displayed on one of the striking Tree of Life sculptures in the Administrative & Leisure Center or Prairie Lakes Community Center.

The Tree of Life program fee is $300, which includes a 20-year tree replacement guarantee. A personalized cast-bronze plaque is available, for display at the base of your memorial tree, for $275.

The deadline to order for spring planting is April 1; fall planting is September 1.

Please Note: Central Park, Lake Park, and Prairie Lakes Park are our most popular locations for memorials. Tree planting and the placement of memorial benches is limited in these parks and we may not be able to accommodate your request. However, our program does include the adoption of an existing tree or bench. Those options are popular, and one may be suitable for your memorial.

Memorial Trees and Benches

Memorial Bench at Centennial Park, courtesy of State Representative Mary Moylan. Memorial Trees and Benches Program.

Centennial Park Memorial Bench, courtesy of State Representative Mary Moylan.

Memorial Park Bench Program

These beautiful benches make a lasting contribution to the enjoyment of a park. The cost, which includes a personalized engraved plate on the backrest, is $650.

Download a PDF of the Memorial Tree and Bench-Order Forms 2023 order forms.

For more information, please contact: Julie Bohannon, at the Parks Department: 847-390-4944, or

Memorial Trees and Benches

Administrative & Leisure Center2222 Birch Street • 847-391-5700

Golf Center Des Plaines353 N. River Road • 847-803-GOLF

Lake Park Golf Course & Marina1015 Howard Avenue • 847-391-5730

Mountain View Adventure Center510 E. Algonquin Road • 847-391-5733

Mystic Waters2025 Miner Street • 847-391-5740

Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center515 E. Thacker Street • 847-390-4949

Prairie Lakes Community Center515 E. Thacker Street • 847-391-5711