Memorials in the Park System

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For more information contact Joshua Thompson 515-239-5364

City of Ames Parks and Recreation Memorial Program
The City of Ames Parks and Recreation Department provides the opportunity for individuals, businesses, and organizations of our community to donate memorials to loved ones within our park system. Memorials may be designated in the following areas: The Legacy Tree Program, Memorial Bench Program and General Donations. For larger monetary donations, opportunities are available for park naming and major park amenities. We encourage interested individuals and/ or businesses and organizations to contact the Department to discuss ideas for locations of memorials. Final memorial locations will be dependent on the needs of the department and areas already identified in our Park Master Plan.

The Legacy Tree Program
The Legacy Tree Program provides individuals and organizations with the opportunity to honor loved ones and/or commemorate special events by planting trees in city parks. Businesses may wish to dedicate a tree to an outstanding employee or upon reaching certain milestones. Other organizations may want to dedicate a tree as a living asset to the surrounding community. The City of Ames has an extensive parks system and is continually growing and trees are a great way to increase the beauty of our city and provide countless benefits to the community. Your contribution will be used to purchase trees to be planted in the Ames parks system and the Parks Maintenance staff will care for the trees. Contributions for one or more trees are gratefully accepted.
Although we accept legacy tree requests year round, trees will only be planted in the spring or fall to give the trees the best chance of survival. Tree selection is based on location and diversity of tree population in each park.
For questions regarding the Legacy Tree program please contact Joshua Thompson, Parks and Facilities Superintendent at 515-239-5364 or by email at

Memorial Bench Program


The Memorial Bench Program provides an opportunity to commemorate a special person or occasion with the placement of a bench that enhances our community’s parks. The cost of adopting a memorial bench in our parks system is $1500. Each bench will have a plaque with text approved by the City. All bench adoptions are for a 20 year renewable term and will receive maintenance consistent with department standards throughout the 20 year term. Damaged or vandalized benches will be repaired or replaced by the City of Ames Parks and Recreation through the life of the adoption

 For questions regarding the donation and placement of a memorial bench please contact Joshua Thompson, Parks and Facilities Superintendent by phone at 515-239-5364 or email at

General Donations
General Donations are undesignated and used to best meet current needs of the Department as determined by the Parks and Recreation Director and The Parks and Recreation Commission. From time to time, the Department may be accepting donations for a specific project to benefit the community. For more information in regards to General Donations, please contact Joshua Thompson, Parks and Facilities Superintendent, by phone at 515-239-5364 or email at

Park Naming

In the current Park Master Plan there are plans for future park expansion. If you would like to know more about future park expansion and possible naming opportunities please contact Keith Abraham, Parks and Recreation Director by phone at 515-239-5349 or email at 

 Moore Memorial Park Sign

Park Amenities
Throughout the park system there are many amenities that make each City of Ames park unique. They include shelters, play structures, art sculptures, etc. If you would like to know more about possible donation opportunities within the parks system designated for future park amenities, please contact Joshua Thompson, Parks and Facilities Superintendent by phone at 515-239-5364 or email at

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