Memorial Program Information
Add to the beauty of your favorite park or trail and honor a loved one simultaneously with the help of our tree donation program. Choose a tree from our approved trees list with either a deed to commemorate your donation or a memorial stone placed near the tree with your message.
The Parks and Recreation Department’s Landscape Supervisor (Eric Ummel, 260-427-6402) will assist in choosing the type of tree and planting location. Shade trees such as Maples, Oaks, and Lindens, flowering trees such as Redbuds, Crabapples, Dogwoods and Magnolias or evergreens such as Pines, Spruce and Firs may be planted, depending on the site chosen (please note: not all park areas are open to the program, but customer preference will be taken into account).
Trees ordered between April 1st and October 15th will be planted between October and December of that year, weather permitting. Trees ordered after that time will be planted the following spring.
Memorial trees have a five year replacement guarantee. If a tree should die within five years of its planting, please notify the Landscape Supervisor, and it will be replaced during the next planting season.
Tree with Deed: A parchment Memorial Deed bound in a padded portfolio will be provided to the donor as a permanent record of this special tree’s location and significance. The deed provides GPS information to locate the tree. The tree donation with a deed is $500. View Order Form for Memorial Tree with Deed
Tree with Marker: Should you choose the marker option with the tree, the permanent dedication marker is made of polished light granite. The markers are set into the earth so the surface is flush with the ground. The exposed surface is 6” x 12”, with the inscription sandblasted into the granite. The inscription may be up to three lines with 16 spaces per line. The tree donation with a marker is $700. View Order form for Memorial Tree with Marker
Memorial Bench: Perhaps there is a specific area in your favorite park or trail where you find yourself lingering and wishing for a seat. You could turn that wish into reality by donating a park bench. The Parks and Recreation Department’s Landscape Supervisor will assist in choosing the location of the bench. The bench will be 6’ long, black in color, with cast-iron legs and a rubber-coated slat-style seat and back. A permanent dedication marker will be placed near the bench. It will be made of polished light granite. The markers are set into the earth so the surface is flush with the ground. The exposed surface is 6” x 12”, with the inscription sandblasted into the granite. The inscription may be up to three lines with 16 spaces per line. The bench donation is $2,500. View Order form for Memorial Bench with Marker
LAKESIDE ROSE GARDEN
The rose gardens of Lakeside Park have a national reputation as an All-American Rose Selection (AARS) and are beloved by the citizens of Fort Wayne. Yet in the past few years, the park has lost more than 300 rose bushes due to the very cold and wet winters and springs. Donations are now being accepted to benefit the Lakeside Rose Garden. If you are interested you can download the Memorial Rose Order form and submit with your check or money order.