Contact Jenny Runkel, Administrative Assistant at (847) 835-7531, to learn more about our donation program.


Glencoe Park District reserves the right to change the location of the tree, bench, picnic table, or stadium seat if the park is redesigned. Parks under renovation have donation opportunities following the park designer's plans and may have special items not listed here. The District will determine which parks are no longer available for donation opportunities due to lack of space, although established items may be adopted.


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Adopt A Tree Adopt A Bench or Picnic Table Other Opportunities

Donations and Dedication Program

Our parks, beaches, and open spaces are part of what makes living in Glencoe so special. The gift of a tree, bench, picnic table, or stadium seat is a great way to honor a loved one or favored pet, celebrate a memorable occasion, thank a person or group for their service to the community, or share a family motto or quote while supporting the Glencoe Park District. For more information about donation options, please call (847) 835-7531 or send us an email.



Timeline: Donations can take 12-14 weeks from the point the park district receives the plaque inscription from the donor; longer if products required are on backorder. If the donor has a specific date they would like the donation competed, please note the date on the donation form. We cannot guarantee a timeline shorter than described above.
Donation Cost: Donations start at $750 for a tree along with many other price points available; scroll through the options below.
Availability: Any bench with a "Adopt this Bench" plaque or without a plaque are available for a donation, unless a donation is in progress and the plaque has not been installed yet. Picnic tables, stadium benches, and most trees without plaques are available for donation. Take a stroll through your preferred park then call 847-835-7531 or email us with a specific donation option in mind to verify availability.
Donation Due Date: The donation will not be due until both the donor and park district agree to the donation. The plaque will not go into production until the donation is paid.
Bronze/Stainless Steel/Aluminum Plaques: All benches, stadium seats, and picnic tables require the stainless steel plaque to retain the integrity of the bench slats and allow for comfort while seated. All tree bench and social space plaques are treated aluminum used by Botanic Gardens throughout the States for their longevity. Park donations with naming rights will include a rock with a bronze plaque.
Tree Species and Location: Annually in fall, the horticulturalist will determine where trees need to be planted and the species that will best survive in that location from the species available from our providers. Donors may pick from that list or choose an established tree at the park of their choosing. The most recently planted trees are available below.
Parks under Construction: Parks up for renovation are not available for donations until the final phase of construction. Call 847-835-7531 or email us to get on the list of donors for the site. Once options become available, donors may pick from the list. There is no cost to get on the donor list and the donation will not be due until both the donor and park district agree to the donation.
Multiple Plaques: A second plaque may be added to a bench within the same family. The original donor's consent and/or the person dedicated on the plaque is required. The fee to add a second plaque is the actual cost of the plaque from order to installation including staffing costs. Commissioner benches also require approval internally.

Donate to the Watts Renovation

The 2022 Watts renovation plan activates inaccessible program space and updates aging mechanical systems, addressing accessibility and space constraints. When completed, this equates to 2,318 additional square feet of accessible multi-use indoor space and a infrastructure lift for the beloved ice rink. Additional amenities outside the project budget may be added if donors are interested.

  • Studio Rink Player Box: To expand the Studio Rink usability for games, dedicated players boxes and additional spectator areas would be added on the west side. The new space will expand the rink’s functionality, offer increased player safety, and expand viewing options for all. $100,000
  • Outdoor Fireplace: Warm up around our outdoor fireplace, complete with comfortable seating. The fireplace will be located between the rinks, so you can still watch your children on either rink. $50,000
  • Gathering Plaza: This enhanced entrance will serve as an outdoor classroom, as well as offer a place to wait between programs. It can be used year-round for events and games happening at Watts Park. $100,000
  • Naming Rights: Naming rights are available for both the rink and the facility. Contact Lisa to discuss.


Dedicate or Adopt a Tree

Many varieties of trees and site locations are available for your donation. While final selection of the site and species remains with the Park District staff, we will consult with you on the species and potential location. Installations are completed Park District staff and planted at the proper time in spring or fall, depending on the species. The price includes the tree, installation, 3" x 5" plaque with custom inscription, and continued maintenance of the tree for five years following the installation date. Also available are established tree adoptions which ensure the maintenance of long-lasting mature trees, are beautiful from adoption day one, and are strong, having made it through the first year. Peruse the list below for the most recently planted trees!

  • Shade Trees: $750 Commonly taller than fifty feet at maturity, these trees provide glorious shade, cheerful fall colors, and wildlife habitats that can last up to 200 years. Varieties include Tuliptree, Planetree, Buckeye, Maple, Elm, and Oak.
  • Ornamental Trees: $750 Intermediate in size, these graceful clump or trunk trees provide colorful flowers that have a lifespan of up to 30 years. Varieties include Linden, Red Bud, Magnolia, and Flowering Dogwood.
  • Evergreen Trees: $750 | Ponderosa Pine Market Price. The ornaments of the White Pine, the unique beauty of the White Fir or the rugged, enduring Ponderosa Pine will be a lasting dedication. Please note, the Ponderosa Pine may take up to seven months to locate.

Trees available for adoption   PLANTED FALL 2021!  

  • Dundee & Green Bay: American Linden
  • Jackson & Green Bay: Heritage Oak
  • Kalk Park: American Hornbeam
  • Ida & Old Green Bay: Worplesdon American Sweetgum
  • Lakefront Park: Shagbark Hickory, Pecan Hickory
  • Lake & Green Bay: Bur Oak
  • South & Green Bay: Accolade Elm
  • Vernon & Madison: Fall Fiesta Sugar Maple
  • Vernon & Monroe: Shagbark Hickory
  • Takiff Center: Prairie Expedition Elm

Trees available for adoption   PLANTED FALL 2020!  

  • Duke Park: London Plane Tree, Hackberry, Red Oak, Red Bud, Swamp White Oak | Map
  • Lakefront Park: Shagbark Hickory, Burgundy Bell Red Maple
  • Green Bay & Lincoln: Shagbark Hickory
  • Vernon & Monroe: Shagbark Hickory
  • Shelton Park: Heritage River Birch, Autumn Splendor Buckeye, Yellow Buckeye, Valley Forge Elm, American Hornbeam, Armstrong Red Maple, Scarlet Oak

Adopt a Bench, Picnic Table, or Stadium Seat at any Glencoe Park District Park

Donation options are available to suit nature lovers, social butterflies, baseball fans, and more. Select any bench, picnic table, or stadium seat without a plaque or, in the case of benches, with a plaque that reads "Adopt this Bench." The price includes the bench, table, or seat, a stainless steel plaque with a custom inscription, and maintenance for ten years or the life of your bench, table, or seat.

  • Bench $3,000
  • Picnic Table $3,000
  • Bench at Glencoe Beach $4,000
  • Picnic Table at Perlman Boating Beach $4,000
  • Corner Bench at Perlman Boating Beach $3,000
  • Stadium Seat at Berlin Park Baseball Field $1,000

Other Donation Opportunities

  • Cash donations of any amount, which may be targeted to a specific program, park, facility, or the Park District in general
  • Cash donations to renovate complete or partial parks or facilities
  • Want to help beautify one of Glencoe's parks? Donation options are available for a variety of projects and custom donations

Old Green Bay Trail

Along the trail, the concrete art/fitness/social spaces are available for donations in part or full as well as other features available for full donations with a custom inscription plaque.

  • Blocks Social Space $14,200 all four or $4,200 each | SPECS
  • Zig Zag Social Space $13,200 | SPECS
  • Chill Seating Benches $4,000 single seat or $6,000 double seat | SPECS
  • Bench $3,000 | Map
  • Drinking Fountain $15,000

Duke Park 


  • Interactive Water Fountain $100,000
  • Water Runnel $50,000
  • Drinking Fountain $15,000
  • Hand-crank Train Car $4,500 each  ONLY 1 LEFT! 
  • Picnic Table $3,000 each

Donation Contact

You can contact Jenny Runkel, Administrative Assistant at (847) 835-7531, to learn more about our donation program.

Donation Form