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Tree and Bench Donations

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The Bench and Tree Donation program in City parks has been put on hold until the completion of the Parks Master Plan.

These options are available for City Parks. If you are interested in donating a bench on the strand, please visit the Strand Alcove Bench Program webpage.

Criteria for Acceptance of Special Donations, Benches or Trees
The Recreation Services Manager will oversee the acceptance of gifts in accordance with the City’s Donation Policy. If the donation creates any of the following conditions, a Staff Report must be submitted to the Parks and Recreation Director asking for acceptance:

  1. Does it create an immediate or initial City expenditure of $500 or more which has not been included in the approved City budget? This pertains both to a direct outlay of City funds or to the use of City staff, resources and materials.
  2. Does it create an annual City maintenance obligation of $1000 or more which has not been included in the approved City budget?
  3. Does it materially affect or change any aspect of City operations?
  4. Unless otherwise stated in a contract, the Donor shall give up ownership rights; right to alter, move or remove said donations without reservation, and maintenance obligation rights.

Requests for a Specific Site
In order to maintain a balance in the placement of benches and trees in areas where people congregate, wait, and rest or engage in social activity, all requests for a specific site must be approved by the Departments and/or Commissions that have jurisdiction over the site. The request must also be consistent with the Public Art Master Plan, Parks Master Plan and the General Development Plan. Specific locations that may be requested include public facilities, parks and thoroughfares.

Bench Donations (City Parks)
Anyone wishing to commemorate an event or recognize a loved one may purchase a pre-approved bench in a range of prices. To make a commemorative bench request, the Donor must complete an application form and submit it to the Recreation Services Manager, along with a check in the amount designated.

Bench Recognition Plaques
While the City respects the desire of individuals to remember their loved ones, it also recognizes the desire of other community members not to be burdened with a constant reminder of death in public places.

Recognition plaques and signage may be discretely placed on benches or other large donations. Information on the plaque may include the following:

  1. Date
  2. lf the donation is commemorating an event or the life of an individual, the plaque may say:
    “Dedicated to John Doe 2002” or “Donated By” or “Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of...”
    or “In Recognition of” 
  3. The size of the standard bronze plaque may not exceed 14 inches by 2 inches by 1/4 inch. 
  4. Three lines of copy with 40 spaces per line. Spaces between words are included in this figure.

Placement of all bronze plaques shall be discrete and consistent on all benches. The City is not responsible for replacing markers and or plaques if they are damaged or vandalized. The City reserves the right to remove any and all equipment and recognition markers at any time.

Tree Donations
Commemorative Living Tree Donation
Anyone wishing to commemorate an event or recognize a loved one may purchase a pre-approved tree from the enclosed list by filling out the attached application form and returning it along with a check in the amount designated.

A letter and Certificate of Appreciation signed by the Mayor and City Council identifying the individual to be recognized and the site location will be sent to the Donor.

Note: Site approval is subject to the Departments or Commissions with jurisdiction over the site. Recognition Plaques are not provided by the City and are not permitted at tree sites.

Please Note: All bench and tree donations are on hold until the completion of the Parks Master Plan.
If you are interested in donating a bench or tree. Please fill out the appropriate application and submit it to the City of Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department, 1400 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

Tree and Bench Donation Program Brochure (PDF)
Bench Donation Application (PDF)
Tree Donation Application (PDF)

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