© 2016 by St. Charles Park Foundation


"Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality." - Eleanor Roosevelt

Both Memorial Trees and Memorial Benches provide a connection with nature by encouraging visitors to relax and reflect upon the surrounding scenic splendor along trails or at park sites.


Your memorial gift will improve the quality of life within the St. Charles community and make a long-lasting contribution to the beauty of a local park site.

  • Celebrate a meaningful milestone

  • Honor or remember a loved one

  • Mark an anniversary or special occasion

  • Recognize an event or significant achievement

From time to time, special tribute options, such as a bicycle rack, information kiosk or mini shelter, are available. For more details, call the Parks Department at 630-584-1885.

Memorial Program Recogition

All Memorial Program donors will receive complimentary acknowledgement on the digital Memorial Recognition Wall in Pottawatomie Community Center.

Memorial Trees - $500

A tree is a recognized symbol of nature’s strength and splendor in local parks. Most people respond to the presence of trees beyond simply observing their beauty. People of all ages may feel serene, peaceful, restful and tranquil in a grove of trees.

Planting trees enhance our local environment for future generations by:

  • Allowing for Species Diversification

  • Stabilizing the Soil & Preventing Erosion

  • Providing Food & Shelter for Wildlife

  • Supplying Oxygen & Improving Air Quality

  • Offering Shade & Enriching Aesthetics

Young trees in diameter of 2-3 inches are planted in the spring and the fall depending upon the appropriate planting season for the selected species.

Applications are due on March 1 for a spring planting and on September 1 for the fall planting. The District reserves the right to move or replace a tree.

Please note that due to liability concerns, visitors are not allowed in parks during planting of trees. The District requests that you refrain from spreading ashes at the tree site.

Tree Type Selection

A Memorial Tree will be chosen in consultation with Park District staff who will adhere to the District's Tree Planting Plan. A tree may be selected from a variety of species chosen for the beauty of its growth and colors. The type of tree selected is based on park location and nursery stock. Each tree will be maintained in accordance with the District’s tree maintenance program. Trees will be closely monitored and professionally maintained by the Park District.


Memorial Tree Recognition

Memorial Trees in the District's parks are commemorated with a complimentary recognition plastic marker, size 3.5 inches wide by 4 inches tall, with a black background and white inscription. Markers are mounted on a concrete footing near the tree.

Line 1 is 'In ______ Of'. You choose one word to insert - Memory, Recognition or Honor. Lines 2 & 3 are your choice of words* limited to 21 characters including spaces.

*Inscriptions typically include your loved one’s name or name of your event and some special wording from you.

Other types of plaques are not allowed. Recognition plates, markers and/or plaques will be installed within 90 days of each seasonal tree plantings and will be maintained for up to 10 years.

Memorial Benches - $1600

Benches line the trails and dot the wide-open spaces of the St. Charles community’s parks as a loving memory and peaceful reminder to stay and enjoy the awe of nature.


​A Memorial Bench purchase includes a six-foot long bench, a concrete bench pad and installation. Benches are made with a steel-contoured seat, aluminum cast ornate frame and a glossy UltraCoat finish. Benches are ordered by Park District staff. Please allow up to 90 days for installation of the bench, weather permitting. Benches are installed between March and October. The District reserves the right to move or replace a bench.

Bronze plaques are optional, typically cost a minimum of $300 and can be purchased through your choice of supplier. For best results, a plaque should be ordered at the time the bench is donated so that it can be set in the wet concrete pad at the time of installation.

Payment does not need to be made until after you speak with a staff member, as some pricing may be different that listed.

Your contribution, less the value of any benefit received, is tax deductible in accordance with IRS regulations.


Thank you in advance for your support!

Golf Tributes

Leave a legacy on the links!

Pottawatomie Golf Course offers Memorial Trees similar to the information outlined above.

Memorial Trees on the golf course are commemorated with a complimentary recognition aluminum marker, size 6 inches wide by 4 inches tall, with a silver background and black inscription. Plaques are mounted to their tree.

Line 1 is 'In ______ Of'. You choose one word to insert - Memory, Recognition or Honor. Line 2 is the name of the person/event being recognized. Line 3 is your choice of words* limited to 100 characters including spaces. Line 4 is the botanical and common name of the tree. Line 5 is the year the tree was planted.

Additional memorial opportunities at the golf course include these landscaping options:

  • Shrubbery around tee boxes

  • Native plantings along the holes

  • Perennial flower beds throughout the course


Since these areas are open to many variables, fees will be determined on a one-on-one basis.

Purchasing Procedures

  1. Please complete the online form below, choosing a Memorial Tree, Memorial Bench or Golf Tribute.  

  2. Once you’ve clicked the Submit Button, your information will be emailed to a Park District staff member who will contact you within 2-3 business days to discuss your memorial and answer any questions you may have.

  3. To make your payment, click on the Paypal Button on this page. You may use a debit or credit card. Payment does not need to be made until after you speak with a staff member, as some pricing may be different that listed.