Tree and Bench Donation Program

This City of Ripon program provides the opportunity to donate a bench or tree in honor or memory of a loved one. These benches or trees may be placed at any of the parks or along the trails. Your donation to this program will not only provide a lasting memory but also help to beautify our parks and trails.

How the Program Works:

  • Fill out and submit the Bench/Tree Donation Form
    • Complete the Tree and Bench Donation Form below
    • Forms can me mailed, dropped off or emailed to:
      • 100 E Jackson Street, Ripon, WI 54971
  • Ashton Zeien, Parks and Recreation Director, will contact you once the form is received to discuss the project specifics, including placement and timeline
  • Complete your payment for the donation tree or bench
    • Mail a check to 100 E Jackson Street, Ripon, WI 54971
    • Stop into the Senior Activity Center to pay Ashton with Cash or Check
  • The Parks and Recreation Department will place the order for your tree or bench
  • Planting/Installation
    • Tree planting information:
      • Plantings occur twice a year - In the Spring and Fall
    • Bench Installation information:
      • Benches will be ordered in bulk 3 times a year with a lead time of 9 weeks after ordering
      • January, April and July
  • The City will take maintain the bench and/or tree once installed

Bench Donation:

  • $1,500
  • 6-foot cedar colored 100% recycled plastic benches with black legs
  • Custom engraving available
    • 4 boards with 35 letters per board (including punctuation)

Tree Donation: 

  • $200 (2-3 Year Old Tree)
  • Parks and Recreation Director will help select tree species and planting location
  • City staff will plant and maintain the tree
    • Plantings will only happen twice a year (Spring/Fall)
  • A recognition certificate will be sent to the donor/honoree after planting
  • Please contact the Parks and Recreation Department if there is interest in a memorial sign at your planted tree